Diabetes to reach alarming levels by 2020: Expert

Diabetes to reach alarming levels by 2020: Expert

60 pc of the country's population vulnerable

Food expert Dr Khader, on Saturday, asserted that by the year 2020, 60 per cent of the population in India may become diabetic.

Addressing the gathering, during a talk on ‘Food for health and agriculture for food’, organised by Jana Sangrama Parishat, Dr Khader said, in the recent years, due to change in food pattern and consumption of food, children in the age group of 10 years are also diagnosed of diabetes. Besides, youngsters at the age of 16 are complaining of hyper tension against the earlier 60 years.

All these could be attributed to the food products that have transcended boundaries. The American foods are reaching rural markets. Food products made of rice and wheat, along with meat, are available across the globe, making for uniform food pattern against the diversified food pattern linked with the traditional pattern earlier. There were over 1,800 varieties of paddy and 108 varieties of brinjal, most of which have become extinct.

The modern food pattern has taken a toll on the consumers health, bringing down immunity. Milk is turning poisonous, owing to the greed of producers, who have been injecting harmones to cattle with the ulterior motive of increasing production. Similarly, pigs and chicks are fed with excessive feeds, having a cascading effect on the consumers again.

Dr Khader blamed the farmers for the current pathetic situation on the health front, as commercial crops have taken over traditional crops. Commercial crops like tobacco, tea and coffee have gained undue prominence, destructing the bio-diversity on Western Ghats.
Working president of the parishat Raghavendra Kushtagi blamed the multi-national companies for the change in food pattern.

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