According to the recent ICMR-INDIAB study (2011), India has 62.4 million people with diabetes and 77.2 million people with pre-diabetes. The increase in prevalence of diabetes and its associated complications is going to create a huge burden on health and economy in the coming years.
Non-communicable disease (NCD) are now recognized as major cause of mordity and mortality worldwide. The major NCDS accounting for the highest burden of ill health are cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
These conditions have long silent and asymptomatic phase and are frequently not diagnosed until complications appear. Diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases can be prevented to a large extent by lifestyle and dietary changes.
VMF has also signed MOU to pursue research and education in the field of diabetes with Dr. V. Mohan, President of Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF).