Initially, the helpline would be available in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and expanded to other parts of the country later, a release said.
"India is home to the second largest number of adults living with diabetes worldwide, after China. There were 72 million cases of diabetes in India in 2017 and this number is to double by 2025," it said.
Laxman, who made the first call after launching the helpline, lauded the initiative.
"But knowing how to do, how to manage, ...addressing that, is very important. That's where I feel this helpline is very, very important," he said.
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