The National diabetes centre states that due to diabetes, legs of 700 persons are amputated per annum.
According to a survey carried out One in four urban adolescents in Sri Lanka is sliding down a slippery slope into an abyss where diabetes awaits them.
This first-ever Sri Lankan survey of ‘young persons’ which screened them for the risk factors for diabetes, reflecting the trends in South Asia, has thrown up startling but not unexpected results.
The research has found that 24% of adolescents between 10 to 14 years had two or more risk factors for the development of Type 2 diabetes.
The risk factors include increased body mass index, raised waist circumference, high levels of physical inactivity and first-degree family history.
The most significant risk factor detected among the 10 to 40 age group was physical inactivity which had an overall prevalence of about 45% while the prevalence of central obesity was 38%, with more females than males being prone to this risk factor.