Hindu Mommy

September 13, 2006

Diabetes – India’s price for modernization?

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 11:00 am

The Indian population has always had a genetic susceptibility to diabetes and now with more signs of progress more and more Indians are being affected by this deadly disease.

In 20 years, projections are that there may be a staggering 75 million Indian diabetics

Diabetes is bankrupting people in the country, often the reasonably well off, and mainly because of a lack of insurance.

This article in the New York Times tells the story of P. Ganam

Her husband, K. Palayam, had diabetes do its corrosive job on him: ulcers bore into both feet and cost him a leg. To pay for his care in a country where health insurance is rare, P. Ganam sold all her cherished jewelry — gold, as she saw it, swapped for life.

She was asked about the necklaces and bracelets she was now wearing.

They were, as it happened, worthless impostors.

“Diabetes,” she said, “has the gold.”

And now, Ms. Ganam, the scaffolding of her hard-won middle-class existence already undone, has diabetes too.

In most parts of India, round and fat is implicitly considered a sign of wealth – a big belly on most men is taken to be a sign of prosperity and chubby kids are thought to be cuter.

Although diabetes is not as bad as AIDS or some of the deadly killers, it is definitely a lifelong silent killer with no cure and getting progressively worse as a person ages.

As Indians are genetically more susceptible to diabetes, we should be more careful and try to be more aware and make the necessary lifestyle changes.  

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3 Comments »

  1. […] Similar to the increase in diabetes, globalization has been blamed. Subsidies, once a linchpin of Indian economic policy, have dried up for virtually everyone but the producers of staple food grains. Indian farmers now must compete or go under. To compete, many have turned to high-cost seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, which now line the shelves of even the tiniest village shops. […]

    Pingback by Will the real India rise? « The Great Indian Mutiny — September 19, 2006 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  2. […] A lot of articles have appeared in recent months on the rapid rise of diabetes among Indians  . The latest is an article from Rediff which has given India the unwanted honor of being  the diabetic capital of the world […]

    Pingback by Indians and Diabetes « Hindu Mommy — November 14, 2006 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  3. […] A lot of articles have appeared in recent months on the rapid rise of diabetes among Indians  . The latest is an article from Rediff which has given India the unwanted honor of being  the diabetic capital of the world […]

    Pingback by Indians and Diabetes « The Great Indian Mutiny — November 14, 2006 @ 11:13 pm | Reply


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