- Around 21% men found diabetic against 17.3% women
- More than 6.3 million samples tested
New Delhi, 9 November: A retrospective data analysis done by SRL Diagnostics, the largest diagnostics chain in India, reveals that men are more prone to diabetes than women. The data analysis done on more than 6.3 million samples, collected to check blood sugars over past 3.5 years (2014 till mid-2017), unveiled that men accounted for 21% diabetes level blood sugar against 17.3% for women. Adults between the age of 46–60 and 61–85 (across genders) showed the highest prevalence of diabetes (26.71% and 27.01% respectively) across four zones in India. While, as per the city-wise analysis, Mumbai and Kolkata revealed the highest prevalence of diabetes (23.74% and 22.07%, respectively) as compared to other cities of India.
“If diabetes continues to rise at its present fast pace, India may regain the ignominy of being the diabetic capital of the world, from China. It is a terrible prospect because the most affected would be the working population, which directly impacts their families. A joint study by Harvard School of Public Health and the World Economic Forum indicates global GDP loss due to diabetes is projected to be $1.7 trillion between 2011 and 2030. As per International Diabetes Federation there are more than 69 million people in India suffering from diabetes, with about 3.5 lakh deaths attributed to this disease annually.” Dr B.R Das, Advisor and Mentor – R&D and Molecular Pathology commented.
“From tests to medicines, most of the cost for diabetes is directly borne by the individual. With rising healthcare costs and diabetes afflicting the near-retirement and post-retirement populace the most, the situation can worsen the disease’s mortality rate. Extensive campaigns are required to boost awareness about the disease. It should be highlighted that diabetes can be controlled by adhering to a disciplined lifestyle and healthy eating habits,” Dr Das added.
As per our analysis amongst the four zones, western region of India showed higher percent (20.47%) of diabetes candidates. Our analysis unveiled a total of 19.22% of all individuals tested in our labs across India have diabetes. The common tests used for diagnosing diabetes are Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS), Post Prandial Blood Sugar (PPBS) and Glycosylated Haemoglobin (HbA1c). The American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2017 guidelines were followed to declare a sample positive for diabetes. Higher than internationally-accepted-threshold values on any two of the three tests (abnormal: ≥126 mg/dl for FBS; ≥200 for PPBS or ≥6.5 for HbA1c) were considered to determine if an individual was diabetic.
About SRL Diagnostics
Established in 1995, SRL is the largest Diagnostics Company in India with an impressive reach, providing superior quality diagnostics services to its customers via an efficient network of labs and collection points. The vision to create SRL Diagnostics was driven by the philosophy to provide high quality accurate tests/outcomes at affordable prices to the masses. SRL is known for high ethical standards synonymous with ‘TRUST’ and every constituent of ‘Team SRL’ follows an immaculate value system.
SRL Diagnostics has 373 networking laboratories, including 22 Centres of Excellence; 26 radiology/ imaging centres; 40 NABL-accredited labs; 4 CAP-accredited labs; and a footprint spanning more than 7,272 collection points. The Company has large labs in Dubai, Sri Lanka and Nepal, and about 58 collection points in various countries outside India. The veritable pioneer of medical diagnostics in India, SRL Diagnostics is imbued with a mission to deliver Gold Standard Diagnostic Services, both in Laboratory Medicine and Radiology, including high-end Imaging Services. SRL continues revolutionizing India’s diagnostic services by introducing the most specialized technologies and innovative services.