As the medical community and people across the globe observe World Diabetes Day 2018 Wednesday, doctors at a private hospital in the national capital cut a 100-kg sugar-free cake on the occasion to create awareness about the life-threatening disease.
The wonder cake is huge and heavy. So how was the 100-kg sugar-free cake made?
“It took us two years to conduct a research on how to prepare such a big sugar-free cake,” Dr Gagan Nagpal of Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
It was the first 100-kg sugar-free cake to be prepared in India.
“Most of the bakeries prepare sugar-free cakes weighing a maximum of 1 kg. Sugar holds the bread and cream together,” Dr Nagpal added.
The ingredients for the cake came from Germany, the doctor said.
“We are appealing to people to make necessary lifestyle changes as a measure to prevent diabetes,” Dr Nagpal said.
The increasing case of diabetes in India is a serious challenge, but the major concern remains the lack of awareness among many.
“This presents a serious public health challenge to the country. But the major concern is that most of the people are not even aware about the symptoms of the disease or do not even know if they are diabetic,” Dr Nagpal said.
Diabetes in India is reaching epidemic proportions, Dr Saket Kant, senior consultant (endocrinology), said.
“Type-2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease, but there are also other types such as Type-1 diabetes, gestational diabetes (during pregnancy), pancreatic diabetes and others,” he said.
Currently India accounts for 49 per cent of the world’s diabetes burden. In 2017 alone, an estimated 72 million cases were detected. The figure would almost double to 134 million by 2025, Dr Nagpal said.