Bengaluru: Thirty-year-old Swati C, who works in an IT firm in the city, was shocked when she was diagnosed with diabetes. “I could never imagine that I would be diagnosed with the condition. The doctor, however, had told me earlier to get my weight and BMI in check," she says. But she is not alone. City hospitals have seen a spike in cases of women diagnosed with diabetes. Dr K.V.S. Mahesh, Consultant Diabetologist, Narayana Medical Centre on Langford Road, witnesses three cases of women between the ages of 25 and 30 diagnosed with diabetes. “Earlier, 45 years and above was the age group where diabetes was common, but nowadays we receive around 2-3 patients every week who are aged between 25 and 30. The main cause is irregular sleeping and eating habits, quick and frequent exposure to high-calorie foods. Also, there is an increase in adolescents being diagnosed with Type2 diabetes,” explains Dr Mahesh.
Studies too reveal the increasing trend. According to the National Family Health Survey, the IT City continues to battle with issues of women with high blood sugar levels as close to 12% women are suffering from the condition. Another report by Indus Health Plus observes a trend in diabetes in Bengaluru from November 2016 to October 2017. It states that two to four fresh diabetes cases are detected every day. Those in the age group of 30-40 are more prone. The same report also finds that around 12% men and 11% women were detected with diabetes and around 17% men and 15% women were detected with pre-diabetes from all age groups. Pre-diabetes cases were found majorly in urban areas. Moreover, many cardiovascular diseases, like hyperlipidaemia, central obesity and hypertension, have been diagnosed in pre-diabetics which could aggravate to high-glucose levels. Urbanites in the age group of 25-35 fall under this condition. Type-II diabetes is more prevalent than Type-I in Bengaluru.
- Feeling thirsty and hungry all the time
- Weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Skin problems
- Slow healing
- Frequent UTI in women
- Yeast infections