Why diseases like diabetes are on the rise nowadays?

May 24, 2018Diabetes Care

Why diseases like diabetes are on the rise nowadays?

May 24, 2018

All of us know someone who is suffering from diabetes. The incidence of this disease is on a rapid rise. Per WHO, the number of people with diabetes across the globe has increased by over 400% since 1980, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Amongst these, India tops the list of countries with the highest number of diabetics. By 2030, we are likely to witness 79.4 million diabetics in the country compared to 31.7 million in the year 2000.

Let’s start by understanding the meaning of diabetes. Simply put, diabetes is a condition wherein a person is either incapable of producing insulin or the body is not able to utilize the insulin in the body. As a result, the blood glucose level of a person increases, which exposes one to risk of developing several health problems including cardiovascular diseases.

You must be thinking that why are we as a nation facing this problem. A high incidence of diabetes is primarily due to increased number of people being overweight and widespread lack of physical activity. Our lifestyle has become such that we do not completely burn the calories we eat throughout the day. Another main factor is the change in our dietary habits. We are focusing more and more on new age food groups rather than sticking to our roots. Our meals include higher percentage of packaged and processed food, which leads to higher blood glucose levels.

Institute of Health Metrics & Evaluation studies suggest that diabetes is India’s seventh biggest cause of early death in 2016, up from 11th in 2005. It’s important to be vigilant of your health and prevent diabetes. A regular health check can help detect diabetes at an early stage.

According to the American Diabetes Association, anyone who is above the age of 45 years or is overweight is recommended to get blood glucose screening done. Also, people below 45 years of age who are overweight, who have positive family history of diabetes or living a sedentary life should get themselves screened for diabetes.

Being diagnosed with diabetes does not mean end of the road. Only medications can’t help manage the disease. Fighting diabetes requires lifestyle changes as well. The first step is to consume a diet balanced in all essential food groups. Besides eating healthy, regular physical activity is of the utmost importance.

Do not get overwhelmed with these new changes your lifestyle needs. We can help you manage it through our interactive diabetes management program called ‘DIABEE’.

Happy living !



  1. https://www.ndtv.com/food/world-diabetes-day-2017-number-of-diabetics-to-double-in-india-by-2023-1775180

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