Diabetes, central obesity on rise among JK youth: Experts

RANJANA CHARAK

Jammu, Nov 7: The prevalence of diabetes mellitus type-2 is on rise among the younger generation and teens in Jammu and Kashmir while 65 percent of men and women have problem of central obesity (bulged belly) in the state, reveals the research conducted by local experts.
Pertinently diabetes mellitus type 2 is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood glucose in the context of insulin resistance (Insulin is produced in the body but body develops a resistance due to which the released insulin couldn’t be utilized by the body) and relative insulin deficiency.
This is in contrast to diabetes mellitus type 1 in which there is an absolute insulin deficiency due to destruction of islet cells in the pancreas.
Senior Diabetologist and professor of Diabetes Dr Jitendra Singh said: “With the prevalence of diabetes rising to over 15 percent in Jammu and Kashmir, the major health challenge in the next few years will be rising incidence of diabetes in youngsters including adolescents and teenagers.”
Attributing rapid spread of diabetes to changed lifestyle, Dr Jitendra Singh said that a random survey conducted during morning hours across various school bus stops in and around Jammu city has revealed that a majority of school-going urban children are either obese or overweight.
“If a child is not obese at least he is overweight. Even the youngsters in age group of 20 to 30 who may not look obese but slim and lean may have a prevalence of central obesity (Abdominal or belly overweight) that is an independent risk factor for causing diabetes, high blood pressure and later on possibility of cholesterol disorders leading to heart disease,” Dr Singh said, adding the problem of obesity and central obesity is being observed even in low income group classes because of sedentary lifestyle and erratic eating habits.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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