Importance of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation-Indian Diabetes Risk Score (MDRF-IDRS) for mass screening of type 2 diabetes and its complications at primary health care centers of North India

  • Mohammad Mustufa Khan
  • Gyanendra Kumar SonkarEmail author
  • Sangeeta Singh
  • Satyendra Kumar Sonkar
Review Article


Diabetes in combination with abdominal obesity and hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and death. Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) increases CVD risk in two- to fourfold. The prevalence of CVD is constantly rising in India and is higher in urban areas. In addition, more than 50% of diabetic patients are still undiagnosed in the general population. The Madras Diabetes Research Foundation-Indian Diabetes Risk Score (MDRF-IDRS) is a cost-effective and very simple tool, which can be used at a primary health care center routinely. It is observed that people with increasing age, sedentary lifestyle, greater abdominal obesity, and family history of diabetes are at a high risk for diabetes and its complications. MDRF-IDRS is helpful for mass screening of diabetes and its complications in North Indian population to prevent the incidence of diabetes and with lifestyle interventions, knowledge, and awareness, it helps to reduce and revert the complications of diabetes. It is suggested that regular practice of MDRF-IDRS-based screening at primary health care center may also reduce the burden at the critical care center in North India.


Diabetes Cardiovascular disease MDRF-IDRS Life style intervention Primary health care center Critical care center 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological Engineering and SciencesShobhit UniversitySaharanpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryKing George’s Medical UniversityLucknowIndia
  3. 3.Department of MedicineKing George’s Medical UniversityLucknowIndia

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