Sunday, 16 November 2014

50% Diabetics in the Country are Prone to Develop Heart Disease: Study

50% Indians have no idea that diabetes is linked with heart disease

12th November 2014, Mumbai: Lifespan D-MYTH 2014, a study conducted to map people’s perceptions along with behaviour-related outcomes of diabetes management, revealed that a whopping 50% of diabetics in the country are at risk of developing heart diseases, 63% are at risk of getting microvascular complications and many  have an enhanced risk of developing eye problems, especially retinopathy. The study brings to light poor diabetes management amongst Indians which it links to ignorance and to the prevalence of myths.
The unique Diabetes Myths & Truths Highlighter (Lifespan D-MYTH 2014) study, conducted by LIFESPAN, a thought leader in the management of diabetes and cardiometabolic disorders, made several disconcerting revelations regarding people’s perceptions about the disease, their practices and its effects in terms of mortality and morbidity. The Lifespan D-MYTH 2014 study was conducted among 5065 Indians in 16 cities on a one-to-one basis, and the data collected was compared with cumulative data from 10,074 patients who visited Lifespan and took Lifespan’s R.I.S.C.TM test.

Establishing a direct correlation between ignorance, poor diabetes management and high morbidity and mortality, the study conducted by Lifespan – world’s largest and fastest growing private chain of comprehensive diabetes and cardiometabolic clinics which introduced the unique US FDA cleared R.I.S.C.TM Test in India – showed that while 80% of diabetics in the country have higher cardiometabolic scores (used to predict heart disease risk), a whopping 50% are ignorant about the fact that diabetes could lead to heart disease.

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