NEW DELHI: Did you know that every six seconds someone in the world dies from diabetes complications? Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the world – more than that from road accidents.
Roughly 90% patients of type-2 diabetes – the most common form of diabetes, have excessive body fat. That’s why doctors coined the word Diabesity to signify the close relationship between diabetes and obesity.
Diabesity is very costly to live with. If a normal weight person without diabetes spends for example Rs 1000 per year on healthcare, Diabesity sufferer may spend about Rs 4100 per year in comparison, due to regular medicines, tests etc. needed to monitor the disorder, which is over four times the cost a normal person shells out. These expenses only grow along with the progression of the disease and the complications it causes, as time goes by.
Although more men develop diabetes than women, women face more complications such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke, heart attack, depression etc. Among men, erectile dysfunction is the most common diabetes complication – about 75% of diabetic men suffer from it.
There is a feeling of helplessness amongst type 2 diabetes patients, which is reinforced by the strong social and medical belief since diabetes was described thousands of years ago as a condition that cannot be reversed.