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President Patil warns against threat from diabetes

Mumbai, July 4 (ANI): President Pratibha Patil on Sunday said preventive steps should be undertaken to tackle the rising threat of lifestyle diseases, and stressed on the need to hold awareness camps to combat diabetes.

Buzz up!President Patil, while speaking during a foundation stone laying function of a hospital here, sought to draw attention towards the number of diabetic patients in the country which is feared to rise to 80 million by 2030.

India, world diabetes capital

With India having the highest number of diabetic patients in the world, the sugar disease is posing an enormous health problem in the country. Calling India the diabetes capital of the world, the International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries says that there is alarming rise in prevalence of diabetes, which has gone beyond epidemic form to a pandemic one.

The International Diabetes Federation estimates that the number of diabetic patients in India more than doubled from 19 million in 1995 to 40.9 million in 2007. It is projected to increase to 69.9 million by 2025. Currently, up to 11 per cent of India’s urban population and 3 per cent of rural population above the age of 15 have diabetes.


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