Lack of diabetes awareness in India highlighted in new podcast

Lack of diabetes awareness in India highlighted in new podcast

The landscape of multiple long-term conditions (MLTC) research in India has been explored in the latest episode of Chronic Conversations. 

Nikhil Srinivasapura Venkateshmurthy, Senior Research Scientist at the Public Health Foundation of India, has revealed that some communities in southern areas of India do not know what diabetes is.

During the podcast, he said: “The first project that I implemented was on diabetes and hypertension. In rural areas the awareness was very low. I remember people asking me questions about what diabetes meant.

“They didn’t have a term to identify diabetes in the local language. So, when we started, we sort of first created that awareness.”

He added: “We educated them on what diabetes and hypertension is, how it affects them and their family members, what they should do if they are diagnosed and how one should get screened for these conditions.

“If somebody was positive [we would] facilitate that link between community and clinic so that they get diagnosed and get treated.”

Nikhil Srinivasapura Venkateshmurthy is also a medical doctor with expertise in Community Medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

Chronic Conversations is a podcast series hosted by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East Midlands – the leading national ARC for research on multiple long-term conditions.

To listen to the episode, click here.

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Author: Philip Lopez