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It is no secret that obesity is now almost a global epidemic. A majority of adults across the world are now either overweight or obese. This is largely due to factors like sedentary lifestyle, dietary imbalance and other unhealthy habits. In India, a person with Body Mass Index(BMI) greater than 27.4 is considered to be obese. Obesity can lead to various health complications like heart diseases, diabetes, arthritis, cancer among others. However, obesity is easy…

Obesity is a major health problem worldwide and has reached an epidemic proportion in the Western society. Evidence continues to accumulate that obesity is a major risk factor for many diseases and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The most widely accepted measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI). This number is calculated by dividing a patient’s mass (kg) by his or her height (m2). A normal BMI is considered in the…

Obesity is a potent risk factor for the development and progression of type 2 diabetes, and weight loss is a key component of diabetes management. Bariatric surgery results in significant weight loss and remission of diabetes in most patients. After surgery, glycemic control is restored by a combination of enforced caloric restriction, enhanced insulin sensitivity, and increased insulin secretion. Evidence is mounting for the use of bariatric surgery to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus in…

Medical tourism is a growing sector in India. In October 2015, India’s medical tourism sector was estimated to be worth Rs 200billion. It is projected to grow to Rs 450 billion by 2020. Foreign patients travelling to India to seek medical treatment in 2012, 2013 and 2014 numbered 171,021, 236,898, and 184,298 respectively. Traditionally, the United States and the United Kingdom have been the largest source countries for medical tourism to India. However, according to…