The silent storm of Type 2 Diabetes has long ravaged the world’s aging populations, but today its ominous reach extends far beyond, infiltrating classrooms and workplaces. India, with its staggering 100 million diagnosed cases and 136 million pre-diabetics, stands at the precipice of a catastrophic wave.
Type 2 Diabetes is no longer simply a threat to individual health but also to the life expectancy and quality of life of our nation’s future generation. It is no longer a health crisis, but an impending emergency. Dr. Srikanth Bellary, Reader in Metabolic Medicine at Aston University and Honorary Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at University Hospitals Birmingham, UK, sounded the alarm while speaking at the recent Practo Connect Webinar on Type 2 Diabetes in Youth: Causes and Consequences.
Dr. Bellary’s data-led presentation shed light on the criticality of curbing this rising tide. He delved into the multifaceted consequences of early hyperglycemia, including the increased risk of retinopathy, nephropathy, and cardiovascular disease. He went beyond simply highlighting the problems of Type 2 Diabetes and addressed the challenges associated with diagnosing early-onset Type 2 Diabetes (T2DMY).
The presentation also provided a global snapshot of the disease and equipped the audience with tools to curb the curve. Dr. Bellary shared insights into how implementing tailored screening protocols could help, proposed the need for a deeper understanding of the disease’s pathogenesis, and outlined actionable strategies for prevention, early detection, and effective management.
But this is not a battle we can fight alone. Global collaboration is crucial to stem the tide and mitigate the long-term consequences of the disease. Dr. Bellary emphasizes that addressing childhood obesity, considering ethnic predispositions, and incorporating family health history into risk assessments are also crucial steps in developing effective strategies.
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