Democratic India has seen unprecedented growth of the Indian economy and the mantra of globalization has put us at the forefront of technological advancement and success. The increased per capita income since independence has changed our way of living and has brought utmost comfort in everyone’s life, giving way to lifestyle born diseases like DIABETES.
The increased socio-economic standards have gradually paved space for existence, survival, and growth of Diabetes, which is body’s inability to regular insulin levels. The dreaded aftermath could be tissue damage and organ failure. Today, India stands as the diabetic capital of the world with more than 49% diabetics living in India. The year 2017 reported an estimated 72 million cases of diabetes which is expected to become 134 million by 2025. In the last quarter century, diabetes has increased up to 64% in India. Our country, which is making grand progress in healthcare with an agenda of providing free health insurance to half a billion people, can get a huge setback in its plans looking at the gigantic growth of diabetes.
Why Democracy of Diabetes?
The sense of linking democracy to diabetes lies in the fact that diabetes is one of the lifestyle-acquired diseases, excluding other genetic factors, and its management greatly depends on our eating and living habits. Like all other democratic rights, we have chosen or fallen prey to the freedom of eating and living the way we want, which is many times unhealthy. Getting away from activities that require physical movement and seeking automated services for daily activities have led to the vulnerability towards diabetes.
Some alarming numbers:
The below figures are based on a research done by Indian Council of Medical Research.
- 2% of diabetic women in age group 15 to 19 years
- 2.6% of women with very high blood glucose levels in the age group of 20 to 25 years
- 2.9 % diabetic men in age group 15 to 19 years
- 3.7 % of men with very high blood glucose levels in the age group of 20 to 25 years
- 1 in 4 under 25 years of age have adult-onset diabetes
How wealthy lifestyle brings diabetes?
Money automates work. Wealth affects the health.
- Adults and children choose to watch TV or play video games at home
- Elevators in every building never make anyone climb the stairs
- Bikes and cars limit walking even to the nearby places
- Packaged food bring convenience, eliminating the need for hand-cooked food
- Refined and ready-to-eat food items have replaced coarse and healthy meals.
- Long working hours in the office discourage engagement in physical activities or sports
Lifestyle changes can make a difference
We have heard a lot about our mind controlling the body and our ability to heal ourselves. With Diabetes, these can be implemented effectively.
- Control your urge to opt for packaged foods
- If you have lack of time, choose ready to eat nuts, soaked sprouts, and fresh fruits
- Make exercise a rule of life
- Cut down your screen time
- In office, choose to get up frequently and enjoy climbing stairs for fun
- Weekends should be a sports day
A freedom that bounds your body in limitation of diabetes should not be professed. Wake up to enjoy your democracy that brings you good health. Seek medical service from an experienced diabetologist, but treatments would work only when you work for yourself.