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.