Why Is Diabetes Increasing in India?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 01, 2011

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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