India Intelligence Report

WHO Declares Diabetes a Pandemic


Experts attending the Diabetes Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam said that it was high time that the World Health Organization declared the disease a pandemic. Once believed to be a “rich man’s disease,” experts say that genetic, changing lifestyle, and dietary reasons are causing the spread of this disease that has the capability to attack every organ. Together, India, Pakistan, and China account for 33 million diabetics. Apart from poor lifestyles and sugar rich diet, the absence of critical genes and the presence of debilitating ones are infecting an increasing number of Indians. Madras Diabetes Research Foundation Dr. V. Mohan said that low fetal nutrition is also a major reason for the spread of diabetes among the poor.

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