Diabetes, Hypertension Becoming Twin Epidemic In India

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MUMBAI –  With increasing urbanization, life style diseases like diabetes and hypertension are becoming an epidemic across the country, according to a study.

“Diabetes and hypertension are becoming a twin epidemic across the country, with nearly 21 per cent of those surveyed suffering from both diseases,” Lilavati Hospital Consultant Endocrinologist Dr Shashank Joshi told reporters here.

He said a Sanofi SITE (Screening India”s Twin Epidemic) study showed that 60 per cent of those surveyed suffered from diabetes, hypertension or both, which is alarmingly high and demands immediate attention and implementation of necessary measures.

The study screened 16,000 patients in over 800 medical centres in eight states.