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According to Lancet study, 98 mn Indians may have diabetes by 2030

According to Lancet study, 98 mn Indians may have diabetes by 2030

The study is a warning for the treatment of people suffering from type-2 diabetes in the coming years.

While governments continue to encourage healthier lifestyles to prevent type 2 diabetes, the authors of the study also hope for initiatives to make life-changing insulin available and affordable.

Insulin is used to treat those with Type 1 diabetes and some people with Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and little physical activity. Major insulin has been manufactured in pharmaceutical companies and the continual rise in price has raised human concerns.

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The findings suggest that the total number of type 2 diabetes sufferers will increase by 20%, from 406 million in 2018 to 551 million in 2030.

Using data from the International Diabetes Federation and 14 other large-scale studies the researchers estimated the burden of type 2 diabetes in 221 countries and territories between 2018 and 2030. As per the study report, 79 million people will need insulin to manage diabetes and out of this very big number, more than half will find it hard to obtain this drug.

Sanjay Basu, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University and who led the study, said: "Despite the UN's commitment to treat noncommunicable diseases and ensure universal access to drugs for diabetes, across much of the world insulin is scarce and unnecessarily hard for patients to access". It means 98 million Indians will suffer from type-2 diabetes.

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The figures were presented in a study published on Wednesday in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Dr Sanjay Basu from Stanford University, USDespite the UN's commitment to treat non-communicable diseases and ensure universal access to drugs for diabetes, across much of the world insulin is scarce and unnecessarily hard for patients to access. Around 33 million people who require insulin presently have no acquisition to the drug. This translates to a 20 per cent rise in demand for the drug, with only 38 million likely to have access to it according to current resources.

Overall, Basu and colleagues calculated that global insulin use was set to rise to 634 million 1,000-unit vials by 2030, from 526 million in 2018. The creators caution that procedures to make insulin all the more broadly accessible and reasonable will be hard to guarantee that request is met.

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