Thiruvananthapuram: The number of diabetics in Kerala has been sharply increasing over the last several years compared to most other states, according to doctors in the Medical college hospital here.
"Kerala has become the diabetic capital of the country and the situation calls for urgent awareness measures and improving treatment faciltiies," said Dr Sunitha Viswananthan, Head of Cardiology Department of the medical college.
Diabetes was also a contributing factor for cardiac problems and this was another signal for Kerala to address these medical issues seriously, doctors told a press meet.
Recent studies showed there were 2.8 million heart attack deaths in India and Kerala had the highest coronary artery problems.
Dr Sunitha said a major reason behind cardiac arrests was found to be consumption of fatty edible articles like vegetable ghee, which is banned in America.
The increase in blood pressure in children was also a matter of concern.
Lack of proper exercise, over eating and fast-foods habits also contribute to related health problems, the doctors added.