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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 114

A sweet tragic story...

Nair Hospital Dental College, Dr. A. L. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008, India

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S G Damle
Nair Hospital Dental College, Dr. A. L. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.27889

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Industrialization has swept across the world, with a resultant change in habits of the people. The diet of a person is an intricate interplay of his likes, dislikes and his lifestyle. In India, juxtaposed alongside poverty, malaria and AIDS, the number of diabetics now totals around 35 million and counting strong. The future looks more ominous as India speeds into the present modern and urban times. Even more of its 1.1 billion people seem to be increasingly vulnerable to Type II diabetes. For decades, Type II diabetes has been the 'Rich man's disease', a problem for industrialized countries to solve. Now westernization has come to India bringing the disease along. Indians are steadily forsaking paddy fields for a city lifestyle that is sedentary with more fattening food and higher stress levels - a toxic brew for diabetes. The advent of more luxurious lifestyles and decrease in physical activity of children due to television and video games has increased the incidence of childhood obesity. Fast food joints and Cola parlours are slowly but steadily becoming a fad amongst young and old replacing the essence of traditional homemade food. The ubiquitous sweet shops with it's ever increasing clientele stand testimony to Indians sweet tooth. Sweets are obligatory at all social occasions be it birthdays, parties, mournings or gatherings. India is already a home to more diabetics than any other country. Prevalence among adults in India is estimated at about 6 percent, two thirds of that in USA. The management of diabetics has taken a new shape with a recent trend in metropolitan cities towards a concept of exclusive diabetes clinics. Medical professionals are realizing the gradual increase in the number of juvenile Type II diabetes cases. Dental caries, periodontal disease and other related oral diseases are commonly seen in diabetics with increase in severity. As health care providers, dental surgeons have an obligation to encourage lifestyle modifications that encourage good general health. Lifestyle interventions focusing on modification of eating habits, weight management and increasing physical activity would go a long way in preventing diet related diseases like dental caries, obesity and Type II Diabetes Mellitus.

We are what we eat... we can change it for better or for worse!


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