World Health Day: PM Modi Cautions India On the Diabetes Epidemic

On World Health Day, Prime Minister Modi reminds India that an overhaul of lifestyle is needed to curb diabetes

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India is the diabetes capital of the world with 6.5 crore diabetics.  Three percent deaths in India annually occur due to the diabetes (Photo: PTI/<a href="https://twitter.com/WHO">Twitter</a>)

More than 422 million people are suffering from diabetes worldwide - this number has quadrupled in the last three decades. India is among the top three countries with a high diabetic population.

The World Health Organisation has ‘warned’ nations that we are facing an ‘unrelenting march’ of the disease which now affects one in 11 people across the globe. these numbers would continue to soar, unless ‘drastic action’ is taken.

On World Health Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminded everyone that the best way to overcome this deadly disease is by an overhaul of lifestyle.

He tweeted an audio excerpt of his previous Mann Ki Baat edition, where he talks at length on the importance of ‘offline’ activity and a healthy lifestyle.

Listen: PM Modi Addresses the Urgent Need To Beat Diabetes Through Mann Ki Baat

The PM wished everyone good health and freedom from ailments and promised that the Union Health Ministry will be launching some key initiatives on April 7th to mark the World Health Day.

India is the diabetes capital of the world with 6.5 crore diabetics in 2014. Three per cent deaths in India annually occur due to the diabetes, Modi added.

The theme of this year’s World Health Day is centered around diabetes. The WHO said the number of people living with the diabetes has jumped four times since 1980 to 422 million adults in 2014, with a majority of diabetics living in developing countries.

Poor Diet, Sedentary Lifestyle To Be Blamed For the Epidemic - WHO

According to worldwide 2010 figures, nearly a quarter of people over 18 did not do the minimum recommended amount of physical activity per week, with women recorded as less active than men.

The World Health Organisation recommends that adults between 18 to 65 years of age get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week.

“Physical inactivity is alarmingly common among adolescents. It’s more acute in high-income countries than low-income countries,” WHO noted.

In 2014, one in four adults were overweight, while one in 10 were defined as obese, according to WHO figures.

Also Read: 90% Diabetics Are Unaware About Their Condition

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