"With India having the world's largest population of people with diabetes, at Novo Nordisk our efforts have been focussed on raising awareness of diabetes and its impact on the lives of people affected by it, their families, society and eventually the country at large," Melvin Oscar D'souza, managing director of Novo Nordisk India Private Limited said.
In India 69.2 million people have diabetes and by 2035, it is estimated that 123.5 million people will have diabetes. The alarming fact is that almost half of the existing diabetes patients are unaware that they have diabetes, according to the company.
Novo Nordisk Corporate Vice President Mads Bo Larsen said about 2 per cent of the gross national product (GDP) gets impacted by diabetes disease. The company, which is the leading global insulin maker, is providing free diabetes treatment and education to 4,000 children, who have been suffering from Type-2 diabetes, in India.