Diabetes: The ticking time bomb
- A new ICMR study has found higher prevalence of diabetes than previously estimated. The crisis is multifold—from high cost of care to enduring sedentary lifestyles. Is there a way out?
The warning bells about India’s fast-growing diabetes crisis have been sounded off for some time now. A recent health ministry-funded study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has confirmed the worst. Over 100 million Indians aged 20 and above are now estimated to be living with diabetes, constituting 11.4% of the population in this age group, while another 136 million (15.3%) are prediabetic, with sugar levels higher than normal but not high enough to qualify as diabetes.