Diabetes

How many Indians are aware of the disease ” Diabetes ” ?

We have the world’s largest population of diabetes in india. But not many indians know the disease “Diabetes” , let alone knowing the ways to prevent it. We are exploring the level of diabetes awareness in indian population.

These are some startling observations reported in a recent ICMR  research report .

Percentage of Indians who have  never  heard  the term “Diabetes”.

58.5%

Among those who  are aware of diabetes 

Percentage of Indians who know that more and more people are getting affected with diabetes now days.

80.7%

Percentage of Indians who know that Diabetes can actually be prevented .

56%

Percentage of Indians who know that diabetes can damage their organs.

51.4%

Among those who know that diabetes can damage their end organ.

Eyes

Percentage of Indians who know that diabetes can damage their eyes and can cause blindness.

52.3%

Heart

Percentage of Indians who know that diabetes can damage their heart and can heart attack.

36.3%

Kidney

Percentage of Indians who know that diabetes can damage their kidney and can cause kidney failure.

36.6%

Feet

Percentage of Indians who know that diabetes can damage their feet and which can lead to amputations.

54 %

Nerves

Percentage of Indians who know that diabetes can damage their nerves and which can lead to paralysis.

18.7 %

The study further reported that the the awareness about diabetes is far more in urban population than their rural counterpart. furthermore, males are more aware than the females. Those who are diabetic know more about diabetes and its complications than the general population.

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Concluding: A significant segment of Indian populations is not aware of diabetes, its complications and prevention. It  none the less explain why more and more people in India are  are getting diabetic.

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