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‘Disturbingly high’ rates of diabetes in India, says study

This picture taken on August 8, 2011, 30 year old Indian resident Jawahar Mahto gets a blood sugar test done by Delhi government docters at a mobile clinic outside a slum in Geeta Colony area of New Delhi. Indian urban slum population is fast expanding and so are cases of diabetes and hypertension among slum dwellers who bid adieu to traditional food habits when they stepping out of their rural set up. Armed with a glucometer and blood pressure monitor, doctors in Indian cities are screening slumdwellers for diabetes and hypertension: diseases spreading at an alarming rate among the urban poor. AFP PHOTO /Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Sarwar Alam

India is facing an epidemic of diabetes and high blood pressure, often called “silent killers” because they lead to heart disease, said a report Monday involving more than 1.3 million people. The rate of diabetes in India is over six percent, while around one quarter of people have high blood pressure, said the first nationally representative figures on the topic, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. The rates of diabetes and hypertension were particularly high among middle-aged and elderly people. While these rates are lower than the United States and China, experts say a…

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