In the next 25 years India is likely to have over 123 million diabetics and yet if results of various surveys are to be believed, most are not waking up to the seriousness of the situation. A survey of the results of 1,500 individuals who were tested for blood sugar said that while one in five was diabetic, it was ‘uncontrolled’ in 50% of them.
Uncontrolled Diabetes is the state where diabetes can prove to be fatal. “Diabetes we now know is one of the most common causes of blindness. It alos leads to problems of kidneys and the heart and needs to be addressed by proper food, excercise and medication,” said Dr Altamash Shaikh, consultant endocrinologist, diabetologist and metabolic physician at Saifee hospital.
- Limit intake of salt
- Excercise at an hour a day
- Go for regular check-ups
- Don’t skip meals
- Don’t eat starchy/calorie dense food
Doctors say that despite knowing that their sugar levels many patients refuse to eat the recommended diet or excercise. This true in the metros where changing lifestyle has lead to an unprecendented rise in the number of non-communicanble disease.
With strong genetic links, diabetes tends to run in families. Obesity too is a major factor leading to diabetes — an issue that needs to be addressed considering the rising obesity levels among the children especially in the metro areas.
“It is the change in lifestyle that has led to increase in the number of diabetics, long working hours, irregular sleep, sedentary lifestyle and an overambitious personality are the causes for diabetics,” said Dr Pradeep Gadge, Chief Diabetologist of the Gadge Diabetes Centre that conducted the survey.
“Walking atleast 10,000 steps a day or an hour of excercise is essential for every diabetic despite being on medication,” added Dr Shaikh.