Chief Minister Kalikho Pul released the book, “ICMR-INdia DIAbetes (INDIAB) Study – Arunachal Pradesh amidst the presence of Dr Moji Jini, Director of Health Services, Dr Moromor Lego, Director of Family Welfare, P N Thungon, Mission Director NHM among other officers of the Health & Family Welfare Department at Chief Minister’s Office on Tuesday.
While releasing the book, Chief Minister said that the study had thrown lights on the health burden due to diabetes in Arunachal Pradesh and it will help plan measures for both control and prevention of diabetes in the state where the study is completed.
On the occasion he advised the people of the state to have healthy life style of good nutrition, exercise and fitness through meditation, yoga and pranayanam to prevent and over come the menace of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) citing that the present change of lifestyle by the people in both urban and rural due to modern way of life and technologies have greatly impacted on the general health of the people with the rising trend of NCDs like diabetes, hypertension, cancer and stroke which have become chronic and expensive for high cost treatments and management by the individual/family.
After briefly going through the study, CM said that there is a need for having awareness programme to improve the knowledge about diabetes and its complications among the general population.
As the study shows that Arunachla Pradesh has 5.2% of overall weighted prevalence of diabetes and 12.8% of prediabetes. Nearly 76.3% of the urban residents and 60.5% of the rural residents in Arunachal Pradesh said that they knew about a condition called diabetes.
One of the important findings identified through this study is the significant gap in the knowledge level of diabetes and its related complications among the general population and self reported diabetic subjects. Overall 76.1% of self reported diabetic subjects said that diabetes can affect other body organs and only 31.2% of general population said that diabetes can affect other body organs.
It was revealed that the prevelance of hypertension and metallic syndrome were also higher in urban areas compared to rural areas whereas prevalence of dyslipidemia is higher in rural areas .In terms of glycemic control, rural areas of Arunachal Pradesh has poorer glycemic compared to urban areas.