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Why young people over the age of 30 are developing diabetes early and silently. Why should we screen them?

Mumbai It is a city with a heavy burden of non-communicable diseases. This is why the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) conducts door-to-door surveys every year for early detection and treatment of diabetes, hypertension and blood pressure, especially in slums. Now, post-COVID-19The civic body plans to resume the survey for blood pressure and diabetes among the above 30 age group. This is because more and more young people are being diagnosed with diabetes, apparently without symptoms.

Are you seeing young people in their 30s get diagnosed with diabetes?

A new trend is emerging where we are seeing young patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Not only that, both men and women in this age group have reported a number of complications, including vascular diseases, at the time of diagnosis.

Do you think there is a need to conduct door-to-door surveys to trace undiagnosed patients?

Many cases are late due to the absence of symptoms, which are often mild and neglected. Diabetes is usually diagnosed during pre-employment/pre-operational screening. This means that they would not have taken the exam unless they were forced to. Hence the need for early screening. If we can diagnose patients early, it can prevent complications and improve their quality of life.

Why is this age group developing diabetes early? Does it have anything to do with their lifestyle, eating habits, sleeping patterns and work-related stress?

There are many reasons. First is the faulty lifestyle which they are exposed to since childhood. He hasn’t had vigorous physical activity or physical training even as a child. All this has led to a “hamburger and cola culture”, especially among young children. These are signs of the current changed lifestyle, starting from his school days. Most children have a diet rich in fat with a constant absence of omega-3 fatty acids, which is extremely important for the growing up years. Also, due to peer pressure, children consume too much fast food and eat very little at home. This has a long-term impact on their health. In addition, the consumption of too many aerated drinks and energy-dense milk increases their parameters. All these lifestyle changes have led to an increase in the cases of type 2 diabetes, especially among the younger generation.

Is there any clinical difference between diabetes detected in younger and older age groups?

A definite difference exists between being diagnosed with diabetes at age 50 and 30. When a person is diagnosed with diabetes at an early age, it results in cardiovascular complications. Also, kidney function is affected in younger patients with diabetes, which again affects their quality of life. Additionally, when both parents have type 2 diabetes at a young age, the risk of their child developing type 1 diabetes is much higher.

What should the youth do to avoid diabetes?

Youth should be encouraged to participate in various types of physical sports. In fact, it should be made a compulsory discipline in the school curriculum, with marks allotted and factored for evaluation of students. These marks should also be considered as eligibility for admission in colleges. In addition, children should be discouraged from screen time, whether on their mobile phones or television. Also, all the members of the family should have a meal together, where all the cells are closed.

Children should be encouraged to use bicycles, especially when traveling short distances. Another good tip is to encourage teens to use stairs as much as possible to help them stay active and for long-term health. Finally, all parties for children and teens should not be held in restaurants but in playgrounds and schools, where the focus should be on clean, healthy eating.

What should be the role of the officers?

Both state and national governments, along with the educational system, should be proactive in promoting a good diet and a proper lifestyle, especially among young students.

Why this doctor?

Dr. Anil Bhoraskar, Sr. Diabetologist, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim, is also Secretary, Diabetic Association of India (Scientific Section).

Hello Friends, My Name is Raushan Kumar. I am a Part-Time Blogger and Student. I am author of https://searchnews.in . We're dedicated to providing you the best of News, with a focus on Business, Health, Lifestyle, World, Tech, India, Gadget.


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