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Women living in south Mumbai are more prone to diabetes compared those from the suburbs, suggests data from the fourth National Family Health Survey (NFHS). The findings revealed that 11.8% of girls from the island city had high blood sugar levels – above 140 milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood (mg/dl) – compared to 6.4% women residing in the suburbs. Also, 3.9% of diabetes symptoms in Women living in the isle city had blood sugar levels above 160 mg/dl as compared to 3.5% in the suburbs. The readings usually do not indicate only, although diabetes pre-diabetes stage.


A total of 608 and 673 women in the age group of 15 to 49 years were surveyed in the south Mumbai and suburbs. Coordinator for assistant professor and the NFHS at IIPS, Dr Sarang Pedgaonkar, said, “This difference could be correlated from the suburbs and the isle city to the lifestyle differences such as physical activity and dietary difference between women”. Pedgaonkar, however, said though the initial findings reveal higher prevalence of elevated blood sugar levels in women from south Mumbai, more investigation is needed before drawing any conclusions.

The NFHS is conducted by the central government in all districts to gather and analyse data on problems associated with health and family wellbeing. The survey commenced in 1992-1993 and is done occasionally. For clinical purposes, physicians consider glucose levels dl and post-meal levels above 200 mg/dl to be diabetic. Dr Rajiv Kovil, a diabetologist practicing in Andheri, said one explanation for the sharp difference in the prevalence of high sugar levels could be that women living in the suburbs are physically active. Nonetheless, he said the economic backgrounds of the women surveyed should also be analyzed for a much better comprehension“. We found they'd elevated blood sugars and A decade ago, I had some patients who moved to Lokhandwala from Chembur. Dearth of space in the isle city is a reason people exercise less as compared to people in the suburbs,” he said. While both Lokhandwala and Chembur are in the suburbs, Kovil said the patients, who moved to Lokhandwala, could have fewer alternatives for outside exercise.

Doctors said the increasing trend of obesity among girls is one of the factors that were most distressful, resulting in early onset of diabetes. Dr Shashank Joshi, city-based endocrinologist “There is a twin epidemic of hypertension and obesity among women. Unfortunately, junk food and sedentary lifestyle are picking up among both men and girls”. The survey results, nevertheless, didn't find significant difference between the obesity trends among girls from your isle city and the suburbs. While 34% of women from south Mumbai were found to be corpulent – with a BMI (the body mass index which compares a man’s height to weight to give an indicator of obesity) above 25 – 36% women in the suburbs were fat. Get more informaation at diabetes forum