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Medical experts alarmed at rise in diabetes among younger age groups

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 16:50 Hrs  [IST]

Medical experts across hospitals in the country are now concerned on the growing number of youngsters reported to be diagnosed with diabetes.

The main cause for the increasing incidence among youngsters is irregular sleeping and eating habits. Their working conditions require them to adapt their body clock frequently to different time zones leading to imbalance in metabolism which triggers obesity and hence making them prone to diabetes too, said Dr. KVS Mahesh, Consultant – Diabetologist, Narayana Medical Centre, Langford Town.

“While earlier 45 years and above was the age group wherein diabetes was commonly seen, nowadays we receive around 2-3 patients every week aged between 25 to 30 years. Frequent exposure to high calorie foods also contributes towards increase in diabetes among youngsters”, he added.

If not controlled, diabetes can result in many other health complications such as infertility, hypertension and even cardiac ailments. On the occasion of World Diabetes Day observed annually on November 14, medical experts are alarmed on the metabolic syndrome such as obesity, dyslipidemia, hypothyroidism, PCOD, high BMI, hypertension and impaired glucose levels which ups the diabetes risk.

Showing concern on the scenario, Amol Naikawadi, JMD & Preventive Healthcare Specialist, Indus Health Plus said, that gestational diabetes is also increasing and there is a 1-2% chance that women who have suffered from this condition can fall prey to diabetes in the future. The genetic diabetes too has seen an upward trend. This drives the chances of diabetes appearance which comes a decade earlier amongst the younger generation who have a family history of this condition. In fact, 55% of males and females come under this category.

Dr Kirti Chadha, Head of Laboratory Services, Metropolis Global Reference Laboratory , said that their study reported that almost 43 per cent of the samples procured pan-India shows a high risk of developing diabetes.

“Diabetes is a fast-growing modern lifestyle disease with several people being diagnosed with Type 1 & 2 diabetes. In fact, some studies predict that Type 1 diabetes affecting younger people will see a 50 percent rise across the next 10 years. With this exponential increase, the cases of infertility having diabetes are also bound to rise”, stated Dr. Manish Banker, Director, Nova IVI Fertility.

Dr. Raghu, Senior Consultant, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital pointed out that apart from kidney and heart one of the organs that bear the brunt of diabetes is eyes. Poorly managed diabetes can lead to cataract, rubeosis iridis, glaucoma, retinal vascular occlusion, optic neuropathy, ocular muscular palsies and corneal epitheliopathy. However, the most common ailment is Diabetic Retinopathy.


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