Are Indian women at greater risk of developing diabetes?

by Mark Benson on May 25, 2013

Are Indian women at greater risk of developing diabetes?

Are Indian women at greater risk of developing diabetes?

Amid concerns that those suffering from diabetes in India could rise to a phenomenal 101 million by 2030 there seem to be added risks associated with Indian women. A research programme by the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies seems to indicate a greater risk of further medical traumas amongst Indian women. There seem to be a number of reasons why this is the case which we will cover in more detail.

Position in the family

The research programme, known as the Impact of Gender on Care of Type 2 Diabetes, found that the vast majority of Indian women who had contracted diabetes were still the focal point of family life. Indeed there is evidence to suggest that Indian women will and do put the health of other family members above their own which leaves them susceptible to other medical traumas in the future.

The role of Indian women within the family structure is not a surprise although it has begun to change slightly in recent times. The opportunities afforded to women in India are greater today than they have ever been and indeed many Indian expat communities are prospering in all corners of the world. Whether this report will prompt any significant policy changes from the Indian government remains to be seen but there are issues to be addressed.

Gestational diabetes

Perhaps one of the more worrying flags which were inadvertently raised during this study is the fact that one in five pregnant Indian women are suffering from gestation diabetes which can sometimes disappear after childbirth but more often remains. There are also major concerns about the inequality of diabetic healthcare and screening facilities when you compare men and women in India. Again, these are major issues which the Indian government will need to address sooner rather than later.

Quote from DiabetesForum.com : “Hi people, I am Akshat from India. I am 28 years old. I am having diabetes since 2 years. However, it is undiagnosed.”

The obvious issue with regards to gestation diabetes is the added risk of complications during pregnancy and indeed potential medical conditions going forward for the baby. The fact is that while the vast majority of us around the world are aware of diabetes and the potential side-effects, not just in India, how many of us have actually changed our lives for the better?

Fully understanding diabetes

One of the major problems with regards to facing the challenge of diabetes is the fact that many people around the world are not fully aware of the potential side-effects and indeed what may well bring on the condition. It is high time that governments such as those in India, the UK, America, etc invested more money in public relations to make individuals more aware of this potentially debilitating condition.

With the number of diabetics in India set to increase from 70 million today to in excess of 100 million by the year 2030 this is a damning indication of the challenge ahead. Unless swift action is taken today the problem will only get worse and indeed many critics believe that diabetes could be one of the top three killers amongst the human race in years to come. We need to act now and governments around the world need to act together!


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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