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India likely to have 80 mn diabetics by 2030: WHO

Kolkata(PTI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the number of diabetics in India might leap to 80 million from the present 32 million by the year 2030.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has, however, reported that the number of 50.8 million diabetics in the country now would rise to 87 million in the next 20 years, Tirthankar Chaudhury, a leading consultant in endocrinology here, said, quoting recent statistical figures released by IDF and WHO.

“More than 230 million people world-wide are living with the chronic disease and the number is likely to rise to a staggering 350 million within 20 years,” he said on World Diabetes Day today.

Physical exercise, balanced diet, proper medication and monitoring should be adopted for management of diabetes.

“There are four legs to diabetes management–exercise, healthy diet, medication and monitoring,” Chaudhury said.

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