India second most diabetic populous nation with increase in cases

, 10:31 PM IST

Delhi: India is the second diabetic populous nation with 69.1 million cases,said health minister JP Nadda. Citing report of a medical journal, Nadda said that around seven crore diabetes cases have been registered among adults in 2015. He also said the prevalance of diabetes increased by 80% among women between 1980 and 2014. China (109.6 million) tops diabetes cases while US with 29.3 million ranks third.

“As per the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the estimated cases of diabetes in India in the age group of 20-70 years were 6.68 crore and 6.91 crore in 2014 and 2015 respectively, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Nadda said the central government is implementing National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) for interventions up to district level under the National Health Mission.

“As per Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s 2016 budget speech, there is a proposal for increase of excise duty on aerated waters, containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or flavoured from 18 per cent to 21 per cent,” he added.