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28th March, 2017
 
Global warming implicated in the rising diabetes prevalence
 
Global warming may be contributing to the worldwide epidemic of diabetes, suggests a new study from The Netherlands published online in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. In the year 2015, 415 million adults globally had diabetes and this number is estimated to rise up to 642 million cases by 2040, an increase of almost by 55%.
 
Researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center attempted to investigate if global increases in temperature were contributing to the current rise in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes by negatively affecting the glucose metabolism via a reduction in brown adipose tissue activity. Data on diabetes incidence amongst adults in 50 states of the USA and three territories (Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) for the years 1996 to 2009 from the National Diabetes Surveillance System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was used in the study.
 
On average, with every 1°C rise in temperature, age-adjusted incidence of diabetes was found to increase by 0.314 per 1,000 in the US. The global prevalence of glucose intolerance also increased by 0.17% per 1°C rise in temperature in mean annual temperature. Overall, warmer countries tended to have a higher prevalence of glucose intolerance.
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Patients with family history of high cholesterol should be screened early

New Delhi, 27th March 2017: A person is said to be suffering from pre-mature heart disease when he is diagnosedwith the condition before the age of 55 years in men 65 years in women. The prevalence of dyslipidemia in these patients is usually found to be as high as in the range of 75-85%, said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, National President, Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon - Honorary Secretary General IMA.
 
Dyslipidemia is high levels of cholesterol and/or triglycerides in the blood. About 54% of all patients with premature heart disease and 70% of those with a lipid abnormality have a familial disorder.
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