World Diabetes 2015: The Eye-opening Reality of Diabetes in India
Is India prepared to deal with huge numbers of diabetes patients?
First, the economics. The current expenditure on diabetes treatment in India is approximately 95 USD (Rs. 6,000) person/annum as per IDF atlas, 2014, whereas the cost of treatment of one complication of diabetes, e.g. treating the diabetic foot is around Rs. 10-30,000 per treatment. With the huge numbers of diabetes patients and complications we are dealing with, overall health expenditure per person is much lesser as compared to the developed countries.
Besides expenditure, there is a huge requirement for trained workforce at all levels; paramedical workers, doctors, podiatrists and more. While the National Diabetes Control Program is well on its way, lack of specialized human resources is making it lag behind.
Why is diabetes a morbid disease?
Lack of awareness about diabetes and its complications, delayed diagnosis, myths surrounding diabetes management and dependence on quacks for treatment makes diabetes detection and management difficult. Uncontrolled levels of blood sugar can lead to tissue damage throughout the body, from eyes to toes.
What makes it particularly dangerous is the surreptitious nature of complications; they tend to remain hidden for long time. During this time, since the patient does not feel it or suffer from it, grip on diabetes control becomes poor because of wayward diet and exercise. By the time clear symptoms emerge, it is too late for treatment to reverse them.
Is diabetes now attacking people from low socio-economic stratum?
The incidence of diabetes is increasing in urban as we Continue reading