Practo online consultation witnesses 95% increase in queries related to diabetes

The insights indicate that there’s an increased awareness among people regarding diabetes and the need for timely medical assistant from a qualified specialist

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New Delhi: India has the dubious distinction of being the world’s diabetes capital. A recently released Landmarc study data shows that diabetes and its complications are largely prevalent in India. According to the International Diabetes Federation, 72 million cases of diabetes were reported in India in 2017 and it is estimated that the number will touch 134 million by 2025. Currently, every seven seconds someone is estimated to die from diabetes or its complications, with 50% of those deaths occurring under the age of 60 years. The most alarming thing is that about one in every two Indians living with diabetes is unaware of their condition according to a study by PHFI and MDRF. It is also known that there are over 50% undiagnosed cases in India.

According to Practo insights, there has been an 81 percent increase in the number of people searching for an endocrinologist on Practo. The search for diabetologists grew by 51 percent since last year. The insights indicate that there’s an increased awareness among people regarding diabetes and the need for timely medical assistant from a qualified specialist.

  • Practo’s online consultation witnessed a 95 percent increase in queries related to diabetes

  • 66 percent of all diabetes related consults came from men

  • Most of the queries came from men aged between 31-40

  • Amongst women, those under 30 consult the most on diabetes

  • Most of the users who booked appointments for diabetes related concerns were aged between 25 and 34

  • Around 45 percent of all lab tests were for diagnosis of diabetes. This indicates that people are starting to get serious about lifestyle diseases like diabetes and realising the need for regular check-ups

  • A growth of 78 percent in readers to diabetes-related pages in our health feed over the past six months

The growth we have seen with respect to diabetes on various services signifies people’s growing awareness regarding the disease, the need for regular tests and taking timely medical assistance from a qualified specialist.  Platforms like Practo empower people with the right tools to be proactive and more in control of their health.