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Hyderabad - diabetes capital of India
With India emerging as the diabetes capital of the world, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has warned it to improve the record of diabetic cases and to effectively implement its national diabetes policies.

ACCORDING TO the World Diabetes Congress, held at Montreal recently, about 50.8 million people are suffering from diabetes in India and another eight million cases will be added to this number in the coming year.

In India, Hyderabad, a rapidly growing IT hub, is the major contributor to country's diabetic table, with one in every six persons a diabetic. The sedentary lifestyle and fast food consumption among the new generation besides the consumption of more quantity of rice can be the possible reasons for the increase of diabetic cases in South India.

The research is still going on to know the reason behind the increasing cases of diabetes in Hyderabad and the neighboring cities like Bangalore and Chennai who also have a similar lifestyle, but still have less diabetic cases when compared to Hyderabad. Another interesting research in this regard is that Hyderabad and other parts of Andhra Pradesh involve in consanguineous marriages (marriage among close relatives), one of the causes for diabetes.

It has been predicted that 11.6 percent of the total healthcare expenditure are used for diabetes; it is imposing a huge economic burden on the world’s healthcare system. It accounts for almost sixty percent deaths worldwide.

The undiagnosed diabetes cases account for fifty percent; it primarily affects the blood vessels and slowly the retina, kidney, brain, nerves and heart. To prevent these situations, a regular sugar checkup is essential and this is very essential for people with a family history of diabetes.

The people, who are overweight, have high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels also should undergo regular checkups. There are many diabetes' camps conducted by the government which give free sugar checkups; such camps should be utilized by individuals for their proper health care.

A small change in the lifestyle of diabetic patients can help them to keep their blood sugar levels in control. Daily exercise, diet control, dividing the food into 3-4 evenly spaced meals, eating high fiber rich foods, fruits and vegetables, avoiding fried foods and including green leafy vegetables will help in controlling diabetes, according to India Current Affairs. 

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