Careful, Gujarati Women! The Silent Killer Lurks

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Careful, Gujarati Women! The Silent Killer Lurks

| Updated: May 17, 2023 13:03

Are women less vulnerable to diabetes than men? While studies claim that the global prevalence of diabetes is higher in men, women can’t be complacent about the silent killer. Certainly, women from Gujarati families need to monitor their food, lifestyle, and do some energy-packed exercises to avoid consuming pills to control sugar, recent research has cautioned.

A study by MS University researchers, alluded to by a national daily, goes to the extent of saying that housewives are more prone to diabetes than men. 

Based on a medical history of 382 patients — comprising 51% women — of state-run SSG Hospital, the study analysed them on 26 parameters, including food habits and family history of diabetes. The study concluded that 57% of them were diabetic and 66 % had type-2 diabetes caused by physical inactivity, genetic mutations, hormonal diseases, and insulin resistance.

However, 86% of men in joint families were at risk of diabetes as opposed to women (65%), the study revealed. It also emerged that women at an early age were more susceptible to diabetes than men. 

Those in the age group of 59-68 years are more affected by diabetes. In females, the age group of 49-58 years were more impacted, the daily reported.

Interestingly, the study, carried out by six BSc students, identified more diabetic patients who were pure vegetarians (124) compared to non-vegetarians (85) and vegans (just 10).

Dr Niraj Chawda, a city-based physician, told the daily that a sedentary lifestyle could be the root cause of diabetes. “We cannot say with certainty that gender plays any role but lethargic lifestyle could be one of the reasons,” he said. “We can safely say that stress levels among housewives are more, which can trigger the disease.”

Key findings

  1. 27: Percentage of housewives susceptible to diabetes
  2. 26: Percentage of those doing private jobs who are prone to the silent killer
  3. 24: Percentage of self-employed people afflicted with it

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