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Diabetes in China - Mar 29
According to a report from the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 1 in 10 people in China are suffering from diabetes (9.7%) and another 3 in 20 people are on the verge ...
Posted: Mar 29, 2010 15:58
  • Diabetes in China

    According to a report from the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 1 in 10 people in China are suffering from diabetes (9.7%) and another 3 in 20 people are on the verge of developing it (15.5%). David Whiting, an epidemiologist with the International Diabetes Federation, was quoted by Rueters as saying that this means that “for every person in the world with HIV there are three people in China with diabetes."

    Diabetes is certainly becoming a major public health crisis in China as well as in other developing countries.  As these countries improve their  economic standings—and as a result eat more and exercise less—illnesses such as diabetes are developing  at an accelerated rate.

    My questions are…

    What can we do to help prevent health crises from forming in developing countries?


    Is it even our role to do anything?

    I’m really interested in your opinion. I think this topic is strongly connected to the current health care reform debate. How much of a responsibility do we have to manage the health of others?

    You can read the extract for the New England Journal of Medicine article here.

    And I created a forum post here to further discuss the topic.

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  • By: ppatel24: Jun, 15, 2011 13:32 PM
    Diabetes may be becoming a major health crisis in China, however, China has a potential treatment for this condition. Suzanne Grant, a researcher at the Center for Complementary Medicine Research in Australia conducted a study in which she found that there are some Chinese herbs that can help people suffering from diabetes. These herbs are called Jiangtang Bushen, Xiaoke Huaye, and Tang Kang Yin, and they reduce high blood sugar levels. The herbs have not expressed any kinds of side effects yet.

    However, it is not reasonable to consume these herbs and expect to be cured. They will have to eat healthy and workout. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important in preventing all health crises. There is not much we can do to prevent health crises from forming in developing countries, but the most we can do is make them realize how eating healthy is not that bad and working out can actually make one feel good. Developing countries need a role model (a developed country) from which they can learn from. The United States is a country that developing countries can look up to, however, the U.S. itself has many health conditions that occur because several people do not eat well and do not exercise.

    By: kho1: Apr, 01, 2010 15:14 PM

    Diabetes is currently affecting many of the baby-bommers in China. Moverover, there is a increasing number in childern with different level of diabetes or obesity issues. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSPEK14346920071115

    This is a serious problem as the chinese are changing their eating habit due to the growth of unhealthy fast food and junk food consumption. More and more unhealthy fast food are consumed as daily meals in busy families. Less and less people would rather exercising than watching TV or surfing the internet.

    While the western countries have realized the problem of unhealthy food; China should also catch up on the new trend of healthy diet. Because after all, as what they say in China: Your Body (Health) Comes First!

    YOUR Body comes first! (1) Yup (1)

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