Staff Reporter

It is mainly the young who are dying of these ailments: experts

HYDERABAD: The growing incidence of diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases, particularly in India and other developing countries, is a huge economic burden on individual, family and society, experts warn.

A majority of the people, who die due to these two diseases, are normally in their productive years. More than 17.2 million people die every year from cardio-vascular diseases (CVDs) worldwide making it a major cause of death. The number was expected to go up to almost 20 million by 2015, president of the Public Health Foundation of India, K. Srinath Reddy told The Hindu on Saturday. What was worrisome was that more than 80 per cent of such deaths were occurring in the developing countries. About 50 per cent deaths due to CVDs were occurring around the age of 54 in South Asia, Latin America and Africa, but they were occurring only after 75 in North America.

Elaborating further, K.M. Venkat Narayan of the Emory University in Atlanta said, India was known as the world capital of diabetes, while Hyderabad is the diabetes capital of India. The economic impact of diabetes on individual families was catastrophic among 70 per cent cases, leading to distress borrowing in 50 per cent cases and resulting in loss of income source in 40 per cent cases.

Effective implementation of ban on smoking in public places, 30 minutes of physical activity every day and healthy diet would lower the risk of incidence of diabetes by 50 to 60 per cent, he said.