Women liv­ing in SoBo more prone to di­a­betes

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Women liv­ing in south Mumbai are more prone to di­a­betes as against those from the sub­urbs, sug­gests data from the fourth Na­tional Fam­ily Health Sur­vey (NFHS). The find­ings showed that 11.8% of women from the is­land city had high blood sugar lev­els — above 140 mil­ligrams of glu­cose per de­ciliter of blood (mg/dl) — as com­pared to 6.4% women re­sid­ing in the sub­urbs.

More­over, 3.9% women liv­ing in the is­land city had blood sugar lev­els above 160 mg/dl as com­pared to 3.5% in the sub­urbs. The read­ings do not in­di­cate di­a­betes, but only 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, re­spec­tively. NHFS was con­ducted by the Mumbai-based In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Pop­u­la­tion Sciences (IIPS) be­tween April and Septem­ber 2015.

Dr Sarang Pedgaonkar, co­or­di­na­tor for the NFHS and as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at IIPS, said, “This dif­fer­ence could be cor­re­lated to the lifestyle dif­fer­ences such as phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and di­etary dif­fer­ence be­tween women from the is­land city and the sub­urbs.”

Pedgaonkar, how­ever, said though the ini­tial find­ings show higher preva­lence of el­e­vated blood sugar lev­els in women from south Mumbai, more anal­y­sis is re­quired be­fore draw­ing any con­clu­sions.

The NFHS is con­ducted by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment in all districts to col­lect and an­a­lyse data on is­sues re­lated to health and fam­ily wel­fare.

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