Indians are failing to control blood sugar: says the survey

A recent National Survey said that people in India are failing to control blood sugar levels. Most cases have been seen in financially vulnerable people.

It is unfortunate that India is called the world’s diabetic capital (capital of diabetes). Regardless, there is less awareness among Indians about its blood sugar level and diabetes. They are not aware of the dire need of controlling the rising sugar level. In a period of three months, a test is done to determine blood sugar level, whose name is HbA1c and its level in the last month i.e. in May was 8.5 percent. Whereas 6% of HbA1c levels are considered normal blood sugars among those who do not have diabetes. This has been said in a National Survey.

But the situation at the urban level is also worrisome. Especially between Mumbai to Kolkata and Delhi to Chennai. People in Mumbai city, which are called the economic capital of the country, are troubled by lack of stress and sleep and often complain about it. When HbA1c was tested there, 8.2 percent reading was noted in it, whereas average reading in Delhi was 8.8 percent.

This survey is part of a year’s long study by the Novo Nordisk Education Foundation. It tested blood sugar readings of 1.8 patients in 28 cities. In diabetes, the ability to process blood sugar in the patient’s body decreases, metabolism becomes weak. Over time, diabetes affects the kidneys, eyes, nervous system and other major organs.

During the one-year period, in cities like Chennai, the percentage of HbA1c for diabetes was 8.4 percent to 8.2 percent. In Kolkata, there was a decline of 8.4 per cent to 8.1 per cent in this level. However, the level of HbA1c for Dibbite in Gurgaon fell from 8.6% to 8.5%. In small towns like Khandwa, 9 percent in June 2018 and 8.2 percent in May 2019.

According to Dr Anoop Misra of Medanta Medicity, “The number of diabetes i.e. diabetic patients in India is increasing among economically weaker people. They neither have information about the importance of this condition nor know how to control the level of diabetes and blood sugar. As a result, the level of average blood sugar level is greatly increased at the very young age. ‘

This survey is also part of Pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk India’s recent India Diabetes Care Index report, which tells about diabetes and its related care. It has been said in the report that in India alone, in the year 2017, the cost of diabetes care was 63 thousand crores. At that time 72.9 million people were affected by diabetes and 80 percent of people were not getting the right treatment.