The overall HbA1c level decreased to 8.37 from 8.52 as compared to preceding quarter in the country
The latest findings of India Diabetes Care Index unveiled that the average HbA1c level decreased to 8.27 from 8.39 during October to December 2019 as compared to the preceding quarter in Bengaluru. The overall HbA1c level decreased to 8.37 from 8.52 as compared to the preceding quarter in the country. The average postprandial glucose level, i.e. the average ‘post-meal’ glucose level was recorded at an alarmingly high 245.48 mg/dL. Uncontrolled diabetes is known to increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) by two to four times. The India Diabetes Care Index, a part of the ‘Impact India: 1000-Day Challenge’ programme by Novo Nordisk Education Foundation studies the blood glucose levels across cities through various parameters.
Speaking about the status of diabetes control in Bengaluru, Dr Mohan Badagandi Endocrinologist & Diabetologist, Manipal Hospital Bengaluru said, “While it is good to know that the HbA1c levels have marginally decreased in the city, the average high ‘post-meal’ glucose level is a matter of great concern.”
“Blood glucose levels after a meal rise mainly because people consume high carbohydrate content in their diet. This post-meal spike in blood glucose level increases the chances of cardiovascular disease and death. Postprandial blood glucose values lead to other biochemical changes in LDL, triglycerides, platelets and increased thickness blood. So, post-meal glucose levels should be measured and corrected, and it will go a long way in decreasing cardiovascular residual risk. This can be done through a combination of right diet, exercise and appropriate treatment.”
Talking about the programme, Dr Anil Shinde, Trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation said, “Monitoring the glucose level is an important pillar in diabetes management. The India Diabetes Care index studies the status of diabetes through multiple parameters in various cities which eventually helps to understand the requirements in specific regions while enabling doctors as well as patients to take appropriate steps. Overall, we aim to raise greater awareness around diabetes care in the society through this programme.”