About Diabetes India

DiabetesIndia is a leading National body in Diabetes care, with experts in Diabetes care as its office bearers and heading education committee.

The Research trust of DiabetesIndia was founded by Dr. S.M Sadikot, (current President of International Diabetes Federation) to improve the knowledge about diabetes care in India.

Image PlaceholderDiabetesIndia represents the large growing population of Indians affected by diabetes and those at risk. India is now the epicenter of the global diabetes pandemic. The past four decades have seen an explosive increase in the prevalence of the disease in India. According to Wild et al the prevalence of diabetes is predicted to double globally from 171 million in 2000 to 366 million in 2030 with a maximum increase in India. It is predicted that by 2030 diabetes mellitus may afflict up to 79.4 million individuals in India.The reasons for this massive estimated increase in incidence are rapid socioeconomic development leading to lifestyle changes associated with urbanization, along with increased susceptibility for the Indian phenotype.More than 60% of the world’s population with diabetes comes from Asia with India as one of the largest contributor.

Despite significant advances in the field of diabetes, India experiences significant barriers in successful diabetes care. The number of undiagnosed diabetes is particularly high in rural India, owing to lack of awareness, access to medical care, diagnosis and testing. Poor adherence to insulin therapy is often seen due to the complexity of the insulin regimen. In addition, western guidelines not being applicable to Indian patients and cost to patients were some of the barriers identified.

Diabetes is a chronic and incurable disease and DiabetesIndia aims to minimize its impact on the life of the Indian population. DiabetesIndia works towards increasing awareness amongst affected individuals and those at risk. It emphasizes on patient education related to prevention, life-style changes in early life and works with physicians to enhance early detection strategies, improvement in treatments rendered and interpreting the global guidelines to make it suitable for the local and diverse Indian population.