A new article in Bloomberg Markets Magazine examines the rising incidence of diabetes in India. Doctors cited in the article posit that Indians may be especially prone to developing non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease due to recent changes in lifestyle as the economy has grown.
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Dr. Nikhil Tandon, Professor, Department of Endocrinology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said: “Diabetes trends in this country are absolutely frightening.”
Dr. Anoop Misra, head of diabetes and metabolic diseases at Fortis Healthcare Ltd’s hospitals unit in New Delhi, noted that Indians develop diabetes about a decade earlier on average than Europeans.
Dr. Viswanathan Mohan, President and Chief of Diabetes Research, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, who finds himself frequently diagnosing teenagers with Type 2 diabetes, “predicts that a quarter of adults in urban India will have the disease in a decade.”
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