The burden of diabetes has tremendously increased even in developing economies like India to the tune that globally India is now the country with the second-highest number of individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle-related disease. The primary reason for increasing rates of diabetes are socioeconomic transition and industrialization leading to an increase in the consumption of excess calories and a reduction in physical activity. This phenomenon is no more limited to urban areas, and we clearly see increasing rates of type 2 diabetes even in rural areas. One of the strongest risk factors for the development of diabetes is excess weight especially excess fat deposition around the waist. The other worrisome trend is increasing rates of type 2 diabetes in younger individuals and adolescents.
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