diabetes: A ticking blood-sugar bomb: As diabetes snares more Indians, it is turning into an economic risk


A recent study found that 101 million Indians are living with diabetes. From 70 million just four years ago, that’s a jump of over 40%. What’s worse, another 136 million are on the brink of getting the disease. The economic impact of managing a chronically sick population can seriously hobble India’s demographic edge as home to a young, productive population.

When Roshan Gupte (name changed) quips he is a “sweet person”, the 26-year-old Pune resident is merely spinning a tongue-in-cheek pun. The bouncy Gupte was cruising in his career, having risen to the position of team leader at a European software company in just two years, when a bitter truth hit home. As part of an annual health check-up and screening drive last year, he was diagnosed with diabetes. He had been oblivious of a lurking danger —

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