Diabetes cases rising in Ponda

    PONDA: Changing lifestyle, which includes change in eating habits, is taking its toll on the urban population of Ponda taluka with over 750 diabetes cases detected this year at an average of around three cases every week.

The alarming increase in the diabetes cases can be attributed to the sedentary lifestyle in urban areas, consumption of fast food besides biological or genetic factors.

Incidentally, the increasing number of cases is mostly in the age group of 20 to 50 years.

Health officials now have raised alarm over the increase in the number of cases with an average of atleast 12 cases testing positive every month.

Speaking to this daily, a senior health official said that about 750 odd patients suffering from the ailment have been registered with Ponda ID Hospital for availing medication.

The official informed that out of 750 patients, over 50 per cent are living on just medicine, while about 250 patients are surviving on insulin while the rest are controlling their disease with proper diet, exercises, including yoga.

Further, he said that people in a developing Ponda town have embraced modern lifestyle and hardly have time for exercise, adding they eat fast food instead of healthy food.

High levels of stress and other factors are the reasons for the increase in number of diabetes cases, he added.

The official has not ruled out that the figure could be much higher as many cases go undetected and people come forward only when they face major health complications.

The figures have emerged from regular screening for diabetes as a part of the state government scheme for screening of patients and free allotment of insulin pens in order to enable them to inject the insulin by themselves at their houses.

He said that people who could have high blood sugar can observe for

symptoms like frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, however, he said it is advisable to stay active and also take a periodical health checkup, adding some kinds of diabetes cases can be cured with medicines if screened in the initial stages.

Meanwhile, a random survey, carried out by ‘The Navhind Times’ by interviewing people from cross sections of society, has revealed that 7 in every 10 persons do not like to exercise or do not have time to exercise.

Further, the survey revealed that 80 per cent of the youth interviewed prefer fast food rather than home made food.

Says Mr Nitin Naik (22), "I used to visit gymnasium when I was in college, but ever since I started working I have no time as I have deadlines to meet which involve a lot of travelling. Spending nearly 14 hours a day at work, I mostly live on fast food and I can feel the change in my body as I have put on a lot of weight in the last six months."

Similarly, Ms Queeny Fernandes (32) said, "I really have no time to look after my health as I am a working woman. As far as food is concerned, I try to prepare healthy food and avoid food from eateries, but there are times you have no choice but to eat out."

"Youth of today are racing against time and have no time to care for their health. I make it a point to walk every morning. However, I am concerned about my two children who not only eat food from the canteens and food stalls but also hate to exercise or even go for walk," Mr C J Desai (51) said. [NT]