ICMR issues guidelines amid 150% increase in diabetes cases in India

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New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in its latest guidelines, notes that kids who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes could consume regular food items that contain salt, just like other children. A healthy lifestyle is vital for keeping diabetes in check. Insulin intake is inevitable as soon as type 1 diabetes is conformed in children. Besides, they need insulin shots throughout their life to survive.

Instructions about the diet, exercises for children, lifestyle management, insulin regulation, side effects and treatment schedules have been published in the guidelines. The ICMR has published these guidelines amid concerns that Covid 19 could have severe consequences for those who have diabetes.

These are some of the observations made by the ICMR:

» India clocks in the highest reported cases of type 1 diabetes

» India records the second most number of adult diabetes cases in the world. Among every 6 diabetic persons, one is from India.

» There has been a whopping 150% increase in the number of diabetic patients in the last three decades.

» The number of diabetes patients in the cities and the villages are becoming equal.

» Reported cases of diabetes among 25 – 34 age groups in the rural areas.

» The number of children with type 1 diabetes is going up.

» Diabetes was the cause of the death of about 40 lakh people in 2019. 

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