Diabetes is rapidly emerging as a major health-care problem in India, especially in urban areas where the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes has been reported as 12% of the adult population. Furthermore, there is an equally large pool of people with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), many of whom will go on to develop Type 2 diabetes in the future. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the number of people with diabetes in India in 2000 to be 31.7 million, which is likely to rise to 79.4 million by 2030. In this article the authors report on the socio-economic factors affecting the costs of diabetes care in India.
India, World Health Organization, CODI study