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Over 50 % of diabetes patients under 40 yrs

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“Diabetes is fast spreading in India and many Indians are prone to develop Type 2 diabetes at a very young age. More than 50 per cent of the Type 2 diabetic patients in India are under the age of 40 years,” said Dr. R. Srinivasan, Consultant Endocrinologist, GKNM Hospital.

“The risk of developing heart-related issues is very high among these young patients. The risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid levels and overweight,” he said.

Speaking to The Covai Post on the eve of World Diabetes Day being observed on November 14, Dr. Srinivasan said: “One in two adults suffering from diabetes go undiagnosed. Many people live with Type 2 diabetes for long years without being aware of it. Up to 70 per cent of such cases can be prevented or delayed if diagnosed on time.”

“While young population carry a higher risk for developing diabetes complications at an earlier age than the older population , it can be avoided by regular screening tests. Physical activity contributes to reduced blood pressure, resting heart rate, increased insulin sensitivity, improved body composition and psychological well-being,” he added.

“There is an established link between depression, smoking, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Sleep deprivation and over sleeping are also some of the risk factors for developing diabetes. Even children get this disorder due to sedentary life style,” said Dr. R Sivagnanam, Consultant Diabetologist, KMCH.

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