Indians More Vulnerable to Diabetes, Says Expert

Chennai: Pointing out that Indians are more vulnerable to diabetes, renowned diabetologist Dr A Ramachandran today called for concerted efforts to manage lifestyle diseases, which were on the rise.

Speaking after inaugurating a conference on “Challenges in the Management of Lifestyle Diseases” organised by the Department of Community Medicine, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, at Kattankulathur, in Chennai, in joint collaboration with School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, Dr Ramachandran said that Indians were more vulnerable to diabetes by having a high genetic predisposition.

He also said the prevalence rate has increased and the urban-rural divide in the prevalence of diabetes has now become indistinguishable and stressed the importance of managing lifestyle diseases.

The conference focused on the Global burden, Epidemiology, changing trends over time and current status of Non-Communicable Diseases which were related to the change in our lifestyle such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

SRM University Pro-Vice Chancellor (Medical) Dr P Thangaraju spoke about the varsity’s association with the UNSW, and said the MoU with it was extended for the next five years to work on the Collaborative Research on Lifestyle Diseases. Around 250 delegates from 48 medical colleges in South India are attending the two-day event.