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It is a myth that diabetes is an urban disease: Anil Kumble

Aug 09, 2017

Well known Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has asked people to become more aware against the risk of diabetes.

New Delhi: Lending support to the Changing Diabetes in Children initiative, Anil Kumble, a leading sports icon and Changing Diabetes ambassador said that it was a myth that diabetes was an urban disease or that it happened only because of eating sugar.

Former India coach Anil Kumble has joined hands with Novo Nordisk as partner in the fight against diabetes and will help in creating more awareness about among children and adults. “It is evident that diabetes is on the rise in India. I appeal to each citizen to not take diabetes lightly. Timely diagnosis and early initiation of treatment combined with simple lifestyle modifications can help in managing diabetes better,” he said.

India in more than 100 districts is screening citizens above 30 years of age for five common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as part of the first phase of the programme for universal screening and control of NCDs. According to estimates about seven crore people are suffering from diabetes in India.

Navdeep Rinwa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, talking about the district level screenings said that the programme will be launched in all the districts over next three years. He was speaking after launching a book on type-one diabetes, authored by 48 leading Indian endocrinologists, paediatric endocrinologists and diabetologists.

The book is being touted as a milestone in assisting doctors in treating children with type-one diabetes. Also, students of medicine will find the book useful in addressing queries associated with type-one diabetes.

Rinwa said that the government is focused and committed towards providing diabetics with quality medical treatment and ensuring every citizen is made aware about diabetes for early diagnosis. “To address the diabetes crisis, we all need to work collectively to ensure children with type-one diabetes get timely access to care,” he said.

According to International Diabetes Federation, there are an estimated 81,400 children under the age of 15 living with type-one diabetes in the South East Asia Region. India accounts for the majority of children with type-one diabetes and is home to over 70,200 children.

The Changing Diabetes in Children programme is in response to the existing diabetes challenge. The programme has been designed to raise awareness, improve access to care and address psychosocial aspects of diabetes among children to improve their lives.

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