Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in India, as it is the case in most other countries. But unlike the rest of the world, respiratory diseases are the second biggest killer in the country, which is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world, according to recent reports.
The health and family welfare ministry has projected that India will have more than 60 million people with coronary heart diseases by 2015, and 40 million people suffering from diabetes. Meanwhile, a recent report revealed that India has emerged as the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics. The use of antibiotics in India grew 62% between 2000 and 2010. Mint reviews the top 10 killer diseases in India, and the drugs most consumed by Indians.