India - Diabetic Capital of the World
- By Sam George
- Published 12/14/2006
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
India has a new dubious distinction now - Diabetic capital of the world! A recent report tells about the dramatic rise in diabetic cases in India, amouting for nearly 25% of cases in the world. WHO reports that by 2025, India will have over 57 million cases of type 2 diabetic.
November 14th is the World Diabetic Day (never heard of that?) Guess what, Indians are some of the leading medical reserachers and scientists in this field. In my own families, many suffer from Diabetics and I have lost some due to this disease. Changing lifestyles, work habits, diets, new rest patterns etc all contributes to this dramatic rise.
Maybe Indian scientists can find a cure of this deadly disease. How will Indian problems challenge Indian minds to contribute to the world-causes? Will Indian brains find a match for the challenges of AIDS, poverty, diseases, education, healthcare etc?
Hey… how is your sugar level?