Diabetes Epidemic Hits India

Wed, 21 Sep 2011
Diabetes is at epidemic levels in urban India.

It is taking off at such a rapid rate. There are presently 20 million diabetics in India, that is, 5 per cent of the population, in comparison to 4.6% in 2007.

The population of diabetics has increased by 30 per cent in the last four years.

These are the most recent findings of GfK HealthCare’s Roper Global Diabetes Group. Ten per cent of these diabetics were diagnosed in the last year.

According to GfK HealthCare’s 2011 Roper Global Diabetes Patient Study for India, insulin use has increased in India in the last decade.

Insulin use has increased form 16 per cent in 2001 to 23 per cent in 2011.

57% of patients self-inject, with 24 per cent being injected by a friend or relative and 19 per cent being injected by their health care provider.

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