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Hello Washington:  Diabetes in South Asia: Causes & Cures


Diabetes is fast becoming an Asian disease. The continent is home to four of the world's 10 largest diabetic populations - India, China, Japan and Pakistan. In India alone, more than 35 million people are estimated to have diabetes, more than in any other country in the world. The Indian sub-continent, including Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, has an estimated 47 million people with diabetes. It is projected that the number will grow to 80 million by the year 2025. The topic in today’s Hello Washington is Diabetes in South Asia: Causes & Cures.

Our distinguished guests are Dr. Tofael Ahmad, Dr. Pronoy Prosun Mitra and Dr. Arup Chatterjee.

Dr. Tofael Ahmad is the Associate Professor of Endocrinology and course coordinator at BIRDEM, the Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, as the only on of its kind in Asia.

Dr. Pronoy Prosun Mitra is a retired professor of Kolkata School of Medicine.

Dr. Arup Chatterjee has been practicing in East London for the last 20 years. He is a General Physician and treats many diabetic patients from Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Dilara Hashem hosted the show.

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