This world diabetes day on November, 14th let’s discuss the new paradigm of assessment and management of pre-diabetes. The article opens a new world where it discusses an effective and economic tool to calculate the risk of type-2 diabetes along with its effective management.
Diabetes mellitus has become synonymous with the name of our country. And it seems true in the sense that India has highest number of diabetics in the entire world. The recent projections show that 98 million Indians will be plagued with this silent killer, rising 41.6 percent from 69.2 million in 2015. The more grave concern is the count of people waiting to be veiled in the dark fabric of diabetes. Yes, the percentage of pre-diabetics percentage is alarmingly high, close to 16% with urban population at the maximum risk.
Signal to start
With World Diabetes day around the corner and its theme of Test2Prevent serves as good signal to start our campaign against pre-diabetes. This campaign holds a greater meaning for us as the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) claims that 1 of every 2 cases of type-2 diabetes is totally preventable, this means that if we can stop a patient from sliding into type-2 diabetes then by 2030 India might not remain the diabetic capital of the world which itself would be a great achievement compared to today’s scenario.
Simplifying screening of pre-diabetics
In a country like India, with humongous population and stressed economic conditions screening of patients for pre-diabetics become an unsurmountable task. The IDF has come up with an effective tool to assess the risk factor of type-2 diabetes mellitus, the tool known as Finnish diabetes risk score (FINDRISC) is simple, practical and inexpensive way to quickly identify people who may be at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and who need to have their level of risk further investigated. FINDRISC was developed by and designed by Adj. Prof Jaana Lindstrom and Prof. Jaakko Tuomilehto from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland.
FINDRISC contains a set of eight scored question which gives a totalled score at the end depending on the answer of the respondents. The scored is then interpreted by matching the score with the range of very low to very high.
American diabetes association also endorses the usage of FINDRISC as simple, fast, inexpensive, non-invasive, and reliable tool to identify individuals at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
You can also click the link to find FINDRISC score