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Bengaluru girl urges Modi to declare chronic type 1 diabetes a disability

Bengaluru girl urges Modi to declare chronic type 1 diabetes a disability

Merck's partnership with the IDF extends to World Diabetes Day 2017 (14 November), which is themed 'Women and diabetes.' Merck is committed to and involved in raising awareness about women's health with the program Healthy Women, Healthy Economies.

Women with type 2 diabetes are nearly ten times more likely to have heart disease and those with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of suffering a miscarriage or having a baby with malformations.

The survey was conducted across 14 cities in the country - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Indore, Guwahati, Kochi and Vijayawada. Most long-term complications can be avoidable and it is easier to manage the disease than to deal with complications after they develop.

Diabetes UK's four T's campaign aims to raise awareness of the key signs.

As per the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 199 million women are now living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. In India alone, the number of people suffering is estimated to be around 70 million.

One in every four (25.3%) people under 25 with diabetes in India has adult-onset type-2 diabetes, which, by definition, should strike only older adults with a family history of diabetes, obesity, unhealthy diets and inactivity, data from the Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR's) youth diabetes registry shows. As per a study, approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1.

The main risk factors for women include poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco consumption and excessive use of alcohol.

In people from southern Asia the disease can appear as early as 25.

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Type 2 diabetes can be treated with drugs, and many people can reverse their condition by adopting a healthy lifestyle - a healthy diet and exercise.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin and there is no cure to the condition, reported the Times of India.

Type 2 is far more common than type 1, but is still rare in childhood.

It is treated with daily insulin injections or an insulin pump.

Diabetes has come to be one of the most dreaded offshoots of modern and hectic lifestyles. The natural sugars in beetroot don't get converted into glucose in the body too quickly which makes them good for diabetics.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We recognise the challenges faced by people living with all forms of diabetes".

To find out more, visit Diabetes UK. "Schools have to educate and train their staff in assisting and managing children with type 1 diabetes, a life threatening disorder", said Adya's mother Asha to the Times of India.

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