Diabetes is poorly controlled in India, according to interim results of an International Diabetes Management Practices Study.

The study showed that patients with Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes were poorly controlled (in terms of HbA1C, a test to find the average blood glucose levels over a period of 2-3 months, and fasting plasma glucose test, one of the reasons being inadequate monitoring and improper management of their conditions, a release said here.

The two-part multinational, multi-centre, observational study is a five-year survey documenting changes in diabetes practice in developing regions.

Sponsored by a leading global pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis group, the study was carried out in 7 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Latin America. It covered 11,800 persons, including 1,755 Indians. Of these 1,898 were Type 1 diabetes and 9,901 were Type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes patients.

The findings reiterated that improvement of education and commitment of both patients and care providers was necessary to achieve a more interactive and effective method of care to these diabetic patients, it said.

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