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Gestational diabetes increasing considerably in India

Gestational diabetes increasing considerably in India

Leading doctors have expressed concern over the phenomenal increase in diabetes among pregnant women in India. Delivering an address at the the 16 th national conference of the Diabetes.  In Pregnancy Study Group of India (DIPSI), held at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Egmore recently, Dr. HemaDivakar, Chair of well woman healthcare committee at FIGO (International Federationof Gynecology and Obstetrics) based in Bengaluru, India is the world leader in reportingdiabetes cases. 

She added that no fewer than 30 million pregnancies are reported in a year in India.Of them, nearly five million develop diabetes in pregnancy. Unfortunately, 50% of the mothers are unable to achieve it for various reasons like hereditary,obesity, lifestyle, and food habits, among others.  Unfortunately, they fall into type II diabetes sooner or later. She said it is not just mothers who are affected; diabetes gets transferred at the fetal level itself.According to Dr. V. Seshiah, Dr. ShaliniJaggi,were among those who spoke.

Dr. Hema stated that she and her team developed a unique ARC (Advocacy, Research,Capacity Building) approach in collaboration with national and international organizations, with the support of government diabetologists and obstetricians. Health Minister Ma. Subramanian , who was the  chief guest, said diabetes has become a challenge and everyone should have a fitness regime to keep themselves healthy.