INCIDENCE OF DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION IN KUTCHI PATIENTS
O P Kapoor
Ex. Hon. Visiting Physician, Jaslok Hospital and Bombay Hospital, Mumbai,
Ex. Hon. Prof. of Medicine, Grant Medical College and JJ Hospital, Mumbai 400 008.
The whole of Gujarat state consists of Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch. The disease patterns are different in all these three areas.
Kutch has a very small population mainly coming from Bhuj, Mandvi and Mundra and yet these Kutchi’s are spread all over India and their main trade is running shops where they sit the whole day including Sundays. Their life is absolutely sedentary. Thus they invariably develop a big paunch and are overweight.
Their weight is mainly because of eating high caloric vegetarian diet and lack of activity. The above fact and the associated genetic background makes them very prone to have hypertension, diabetes and IHD. These illnesses are extremely common in Kutchi’s and run more or less parallel in Bhatia and Lohana community. Some of them smoke bidis, but very rarely do they consume alcohol.