HYDERABAD: Early diagnosis, awareness and treatment is important to prevent the increasing incidence of diabetes among people, opine experts on the eve of World Diabetes Day.
A study on the twin ailments, diabetes and hypertension, conducted by Aventis Pharma Limited, Sanofi Group, on 1,900 patients in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada has revealed the startling data.
Dubbed as Sanofi SITE (Screening India’s Twin Epidemic) study, the results indicate that diabetes and hypertension are fast growing twin epidemics in the state. “As many as 24 percent of the patients surveyed in the state are suffering from diabetes and hypertension,” were the findings of the Sanofi SITE study.
“Andhra Pradesh results are shocking and reveals that hypertension and diabetes are indeed becoming twin epidemics in the state with 24 per cent of the surveyed having both these ailments.
Even among the diabetics who are under treatment, 74 per cent have uncontrolled diabetes. There is a need for regular testing and spreading awareness on treatment,” says Dr KD Modi consultant endocrinologist, Care Hospitals, who is the state coordinator for the nationwide Sanofi SITE study.
The Sanofi SITE study also has disclosed that in 9 percent of the newly diagnosed cases, patients did not know that they are suffering from diabetes earlier. Among hypertensive patients 26 percent of the diagonised hypertension patients often suffer from kidney complications.