Mumbai: India is facing a twin epidemic of diabetes and high blood pressure, doctors have warned, after the results of a countrywide study suggested that one in five people had both conditions.The two-year study of nearly 16,000 adults in eight states found that 21 per cent of patients with family doctors and consultants had diabetes and hypertension.Just over a third (35 per cent) had diabetes, while nearly half (46 per cent) had hypertension, according to the Screening India’s Twin Epidemic or SITE research, which was published on Monday.Shashank Joshi, a consultant endocrinologist at the private Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, said in a statement that the results indicated that the conditions “are indeed becoming a twin epidemic across the country”.He added: “What is even more worrisome is that 70 per cent of the patients surveyed have ‘uncontrolled’ diabetes, including diabetics who are currently undergoing treatment.
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