The School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) organized a distinguished lecture by Professor K.M. Venkat Narayan, Director, Emory Global Diabetes Research Center, and Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair of Global Health and Epidemiology and Professor of Medicine at Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA) titled “Diabetes- the Global Scenario – Past, Present, and Future, and its Implications for India” on November 10, 2016 at Sir C V Raman Auditorium, UoH.


Prof. Venkat Narayan as Jawaharlal Nehru Chair Professor at UoH. Prof. Narayan while delivering the lecture said about the diabetes which is the major problem throughout the world. Prof. Nayaran compared diabetes in India before and after Independence. There is a drastic increase in the number of diabetic people in the present population.


Prof. Narayan said that diabetes is the most common non-communicable dis-ease globally. He said that the estimated number of adults with diabetes in 2007 was 246 million; 1 of these, 80% live in developing countries, the largest numbers on the Indian subcontinent and in China. Approximately 85–95% of all cases of diabetes are type 2 diabetes and the worldwide explosion of this disorder is a major health care burden, he added. India has 41 million diabetics and this number is expected to increase to 70 million by 2025 and the increased number of diabetics in India is likely to be due to a significant increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes, caused by unprecedented rates of urbanization, which results in environmental and lifestyle changes, said Prof. Narayan.


Earlier Prof. Geeta K Vemuganti, Dean, School of Medical Sciences welcome the gathering. Dr. B R. Shamanna, faculty at School of Medical Sciences introduced the speaker while Dr. Anitha C T proposed vote of thanks. Prof. Vipin Srivastava, Pro-Vice-Chancellor presided over the lecture.