Bhubaneswar: A study by a city-based Health Institute revealed of the prevalence of dreadful diabetes in the State.

The latest findings by Kanungo Institute of Diabetes Specialities (KIDS) is nearly double of an earlier estimate of 8 per cent by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 1990. ICMR had estimated that diabetes prevalence was 8 per cent in major urban areas of the State and 0.8 per cent in rural areas.

As said by Dr. Alok Kanungo, Chairman of KIDS and Principal Investigator of the latest study, as many as 10,000 people were diagnosed over a period of one year in 2010-11 and it was found that in an average about 15.6 per cent people are diabetic. People in Budheswari Colony, Dharma Vihar, Bomikhal, Rental Colony, Old Town, Khandagiri, Rasulgarh, Unit I, Vimtangi, Sailashree Vihar and Dumduma were diagnosed as part of the study.

The semi-urban population survey at Ghatikia, Sampur, Malipada and Paikarapur on the outskirts of the capital city also was marked by an alarming increase in prevalence with over 8.6 percent people affected by the disease. A decade back, semi urban areas had a prevalence of three per cent. However, the major cause of concern is the increase in rural areas which has risen to 5.4 per cent.

Adding more Dr. Kanungo said, The sudden phase of economic growth and development has fuelled diabetes explosion in the State.

“When a very poor man, who struggles to get one square meal per day starts getting two or three meals every day, chances of getting diabetes increases significantly. At the same time, people are switching over to a sedentary lifestyle and are taking to unhealthy junk food habits.It is the fourth largest killer after heart attacks, stroke and accident. But diabetes can be checked and managed in 80 per cent of the affected people, through adoption of proper lifestyle, diet and exercise,” Dr. Kanungo explained.

KIDS will organise a walkathon from Master Canteen to Jaydev Bhawan here on the World Diabetes Day, jointly introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation(IDF) on Monday, 14th November, which has grown from humble beginnings to become a globally-celebrated event to increase awareness about diabetes.

The activities on this day comprises of hundreds of campaigns, meetings and lectures to spread public information, sporting events for adults and children, television and radio programmes, leaflet and poster campaigning, exhibitions and conferences. World Diabetes Day is proving internationally effective in spreading the message about diabetes.