Type 2 Diabetes in India. A Pandemic

April 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Business, Health & Nutrition, Lifestyle | 1 Comment
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The International Diabetes Federation recently published findings revealing that in 2007, the country with the largest numbers of people with diabetes is India (40.9 million), followed by China (39.8 million), the United States (19.2 million), Russia (9.6 million) and Germany (7.4 million).

The latest estimates (2010) for India put the number of people with diabetes at over 50 million – about 7.1% of the population for 2010. Deaths attributable to diabetes is estimated at over 1 million.

India is set to become the Type 2 capital of the world – with numbers forecast to double in a generation!

This 2009 BBC documentary highlights the dimensions of this global epidemic and discusses the state of the research and some approaches (click on the image to view the video).

As with the rest of the world, obesity is on the rise, driven by changing diets, more junk food in the diet, and changing lifestyles.

Of major concern is the even more pronounced levels of body fat in India where people have more body fat per kg resulting in 5 times the risk of Europeans.

Add to this the increase in maternal obesity and it is very clear that the inter-generational risks are severe.

For more on the link between excess body fat and the alarming array of health challenges that result read my blog Increased Body Fat – It’s Not Just About How We Look! (March 5 2010).

What is also very clear is the evidence that the most effective preventative as well as an effective treatment regime is lifestyle modification.

The NIH-funded Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial studied over 3,000 adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes due to elevated blood sugar levels and overweight. The lifestyle intervention reduced by 58 percent the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. This dramatic result was achieved through modest weight loss (5 to 7 percent of body weight) and 30 minutes of exercise 5 times weekly. In another arm of the study, the drug metformin reduced development of diabetes by 31 percent. Both Caucasian and minority populations benefited from the interventions.

This early intervention approach has lead to the definition of a range of indicators that link being overweight or obese to a whole range of health issues, not just type 2 diabetes. This tendency to a pre-diabetic state seems to lead to a number of serious health issues.

My blog Now it’s a syndrome (March 8 2020) talks more about this and presents useful information on Metabolic Syndrome.

Lifestyle changes are the perfect starting point for intervention.

Regrettably, for many, the whole weight/fat loss programme seems to characterised by failure more often than not as people struggle to embrace changes that, for many, are just not easily sustainable.

An ideal, clinically trialled, natural, sustainable approach to fat loss is available> The merits of OsoLean are explained in our blog “How many kilos overweight should you be at age 50?” (March 12, 2010).


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  1. Hi Beverly,

    Wow! These are some scary numbers. But they say, … “You are what you eat.” We just have to find a way to eat healthier. And it starts at the home and with our kids. Because THEY are the next generation.

    Great info!

    Have an awesome day!


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