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India home to second highest diabetic patients

Date: 15 November 2019 Tags: Reports & Indices


The ninth edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas projections shows that India is home to the second highest number of diabetic patients in the world.



One in six people with diabetes in the world is from India. The numbers place the country among the top 10 countries for people with diabetes.



  • The estimation places India at number two with an estimated 77 million diabetics. China leads the list with over 116 million diabetics.

  • The IDF has stressed the urgency to develop and implement multi-sectoral strategies to combat the growing epidemic.

  • Medical infrastructure in India needs modification as the current health delivery system is modelled for acute care rather than for chronic care.

  • The IDF estimates that 10% of global health expenditure is being spent on diabetes. 

  • In addition to people with diabetes, India also has a huge burden of pre-diabetics. If they are targeted with information on the right lifestyle options to help keep blood sugar, lipids and blood pressure under control, at least a third of people can be prevented from developing diabetes.

Way ahead

  • India needs a more effective national diabetes prevention programme which will require cooperation from several quarters, including medical education, health awareness in schools, and urban planning.

  • It should also be ready to offer treatment options, at least basic care for all who are living with diabetes, and provide for the treatment of various complications that come along with it.

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