3.2 lakh people have pre-diabetes condition

Around 2.8 lakh people have diabetes in Coimbatore district and 3.2 lakh people have pre-diabetes, V. Mohan, chairman and managing director of Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC), said here on Thursday quoting an Indian Council of Medical Research - India Diabetes (ICMR-INDIAB) study.

Dr. Mohan said that 48 lakh people in the State had diabetics, with rural areas accounting for 7.8 per cent and urban regions, 13.7 per cent.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of inauguration of DMDSC's 10th branch on Avinashi Road here on Friday, Dr. Mohan said that healthy food and lifestyle choices right from childhood was the key to keep diabetes at bay. Diabetes can be prevented, it cannot be cured, and can only be controlled.

Dr. Mohan said that people need to be educated about diabetes, as non-communicable disease had no symptoms. DMDSC is involved in educating people by visiting schools, colleges, work places, as awareness has to begin from early age groups.

He said that Indians were more prone to diabetes because of obesity and change in lifestyle pattern. Regular physical activity, proper sleep and healthy habits would help control diabetes in the long run.

Earlier, speaking to reporters R.M. Anjana, joint managing director and consultant diabetologist, said that there was no national data available on diabetes, apart from the ICMR study, conducted in 1972. Studies like National Urban Diabetes Study (NUDS) focussed on metros, while Prevalence of Diabetes in Indian Study (PODIS) focussed only on small towns and villages.

Hence, ICMR-India Diabetes (ICMR-INDIAB) study is being carried out across the country.

Ranjit Unnikrishnan, vice-chairman and consultant diabetologist, said that ICMR-INDIAB study provides data on the prevalence of hypertension and obesity in urban and rural areas of Coimbatore. This means 11.3 lakh individuals have hypertension in the district, with 3.6 lakh men and 4.7 lakh women being obese.

Dr. Mohan said that the Coimbatore centre of DMDSC would be inaugurated on Friday. This was the tenth branch which would provide comprehensive diabetes treatment with exclusive eye department, a specialised diabetic foot clinic, a radiology unit with X-ray and patient education unit.

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