Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Chronic Kidney Disease in South Asia: Current Status and Future Directions
This article calls for screening and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in South Asia, complemented by population level lifestyle modifications. The authors propose that South Asians are more susceptible to these non-communicable diseases, and show worse outcomes than other ethnicities. They identify actions for health authorities and governments to take, with a focus on early diagnosis through awareness-raising and opportunistic screening, as well as treatment through availability of low cost drugs and task-shifting for health workers. Countries must also consider taxation on unhealthy foods, restrictions on advertising, and appropriate food labeling.