Children’s Day coinciding with Diabetes Day has revealed that one in every ten children between the age of 5-16 years are more prone to diabetes in urban India, reveals the ASSOCHAM study.
The study was conducted in private and public school in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. The recent trend is worrying; children are at a risk of diabetes-related complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, eye problems, nerve damage, etc. According to a recent study conducted by the ASSOCHAM Healthcare Committee Council, about 69 per cent of Delhi’s children are more prone to diabetic, followed by Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, said DS Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM.
Diabetes in children is generally attributed to bad eating habits, with nutritious meals being replaced with fast foods, coupled with physical inactivity. Stress is also another factor that leads to increase in diabetes cases.
Ahead of World Diabetic Day, the study said there is a fourfold rise in the number of diabetics about 422 million in 2014 and half of them live in India, China, USA, Brazil and Indonesia. Developing countries become more vulnerable because of lack of knowledge especially in rural areas, added the report.
Kids raised in rural and semi-urban areas outside the 50 km periphery of major cities often drop off the radar once diagnosed, according to data collected by Swasthya Diabetes Care. The organization is making efforts not only to provide financial support to such patients, but also create awareness about the disease.