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DIABETES IS A BIGGER HEALTH RISK FOR WOMEN THAN MEN

Chennai: Diabetes, one of the prevalent non-communicable diseases (NCD) has become a major health concern in all age groups. Type 2 diabetes, which is triggered by sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits, is hitting Indians at a much younger age group of 18 years to 30 years.

A recently released Diabetes Abnormality Report by Indus Health Plus, the leader in preventive healthcare,revealed increased incidences of diabetes in the teenagers.The report that had observations from September 2017 to August 2018 stated 32% of people in the age group of below 20 had sugar levels out of the normal range. Out of the total data analysed, 26% of females and 31% males didn’t have glucose levels in the normal range.

Gender Normal % Borderline % Abnormal %
Female 74% 12% 14%
Male 69% 13% 19%
Grand Total 71% 12% 17%

Mr Amol Naikawadi, Joint Managing Director, Indus Health Plus said, “The increasing number of diabetics in the younger population shows that there’s no ‘safe age’ zone for it. Juvenile diabetics should be kept under proper care and serious treatment plan. Parents should make sure they consult a Diabetologist or their physician regularly. Those who have sugar levels on the borderline don’t need medication but they can avoid it by making lifestyle changes, exercising daily, consuming a healthy diet, getting themselves screened regularly irrespective of their age.”

Multiple conditions arise out of diabetes hence it’s advisable to modify lifestyle and keep sugar levels in control. Some conditions that can lead to severe complications are amputation, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and heart disease. That’s why it’s essential to receive a timely diagnosis and right care.

DIABETES ALARMS:

§  Excessive thirst

§  Increased urination

§  Weight loss

§  Family history

§  Wounds not healing for a prolonged time

DIABETES TESTS:

§  Fasting & PP Sugar

§  HbA1c (gives an average of sugar over a period of 3-4 months

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