Type 2 diabetes Treatment in West Bengal is More Complicated
It is not unknown that the diet of people in Bengal is predominated by high amounts of carbs which includes rice and rice products like puffed rice or flattened rice. However, a study conducted on the rural population of the state by the health workers who operate in these villages suggested that an alarming 28-30% of people living in rural West Bengal suffer from Diabetes.
According to this study, this is highly attributable to the dietary pattern of the inhabitants of these areas. However, Dr. Joydeep Ghosh, Consultant of the Department of Internal Medicine at Fortis Hospital Anandapur clarifies “Diabetes mellitus cannot be caused solely by consumption of high amount of carbohydrates. However, it is true that consumption of large amounts of carbohydrates through the day increases the post prandial blood sugar levels or the level of sugar in the blood post mealtime in patients. This results in a rather different nature of the disease in the state which in turn, necessitates a modified pattern of treatment as compared to other parts of the country or the world.”
Though the urban population in Bengal is not so dependent on rice and rice product consumption, the rural population, in most cases, consumes it for even all the meals of the day. This is due to a lot of factors, the financial factor being the leading of them along with the psychological factor that one should consume so that he/she is completely full.
“Compared to the other parts of the country, the consumption of carbohydrates in this part of the country is quite high, especially in the villages. Whereas in the urban areas, the people have options like bread or whole wheat bread (roti) these options are majorly neglected or absent in the villages” explains Dr. Ghosh.
So what should one do to overcome this concern? The medicine specialist states that one need not do away with rice or rice products as a whole if suffering from diabetes but the quantity should be controlled.
“One should control the amount of rice that they consume and replace it with vegetables, pulses and meat or fish. Moreover, avoidance of consuming food till you are totally full is very important. Having small meals all through the day is also advisable rather than 3 heavy meals in a day.”
Thus, it can be concluded that maintaining a proper proportion of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and other nutrients can help ensure a better control over their disease among diabetics in the state.