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Why Is Diabetes Increasing in India?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 01, 2011
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One of the major health problems faced today by India is the sharp increase in the number of diabetes cases in India.


Due to rapid industrialisation and modernisation, there is a sudden change in the lifestyle of the people. Diabetes is now turning from a mere epidemic to a pandemic due to the following reasons:

  • Stress: A stressful lifestyle that leads to fluctuations in the blood pressure.
  • Age: The age at which diabetes is detected in India is very low as compared to other countries.
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of physical activity and exercise.
  • Obesity
  • Diet containing high amount of fat, sugar and carbohydrates
  • Lack of awareness about the disease.
  • Neglect on part of the diabetics who think that insulin shots might lead to its addiction, do not care about taking proper medication or going to a proper doctor.
  • Hereditary, whereby it is passed on to generations, resulting in the spread.
  • Failure on part of the system to generate funds and spread awareness about diabetes.

The condition can be improved by taking large scale measures:

  • Spreading awareness
  • Changing the lifestyle to an active one, including an exercise regime in the daily schedule
  • Cutting down on the high calorie intake and substituting it by whole wheat food
  • Visiting a doctor if any symptoms are felt
  • Regular check ups and proper medication


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