High Rate of Diabetes in China

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Topic Title: High Rate of Diabetes in China
Created On: 03/29/2010 03:55 PM

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 08/26/2014 03:54 PM

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19556

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Actually I think the diabetes issue in China is not some much teaching about nutrition but a major change in diet as their food becomes more like the West. In other words, more meat, more refined sugars...

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 08/18/2014 03:56 PM

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AllanW

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It makes me mad that there are people against teaching children about nutrition. My roommate works in nutrition policy for schools and there's so much backlash against the program. But I think it's so important. I had friends in high school who were already 200-250 pounds by freshman year of high school. When you weigh so much by so young, it's so difficult to lose the weight, but if you create good habits when you're young you have a better chance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle your whole life. When you look at the growing rate of diabetes, it's clear we need that. Why would anyone be against it?

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 05/09/2014 03:50 PM

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It's really amazing how the rate of diabetes is growing worldwide. I believe that China is the dubious leader now in rate of growth in T2D. Last estimate I heard -350M people (5% of the planet!) now have diabetes...

Time to rethink our sugar + preservative-laden diet & our sedentary lifestyle, I think...



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 01/19/2011 03:12 PM

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gracewang

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Not really. Actually, now in China many children have diabetes because they love junk food and they don't have enough nutrition.
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 12/10/2010 11:06 AM

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xsicokyle27

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I know some old people have diabetes in China but never thought the rate is that high.

I know diabetes is a serious problem in US here since a lot of ppl have them and the food structure here has a tendency to cause diabetes.
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 10/14/2010 11:29 AM

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FatCatAnna

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Yes, Type 2 diabetes is rapidly on the uprise - due to many countries that were "undeveloped" before - wanting to live the same way as folks do to developed countries - that have fast food which is carb/fat laden, cars, less time for exercise. In China now, where cars were considered a luxury, more people are able to afford cars. Many of the bike lanes have been taken over by cars and buses. I can't imagine what the air quality will be like as more people purchase vehicles. It is already depicted in pictures, showing people walking / cycling with masks on their faces due to the air pollution. A few studies have shown already, that air quality has an effect on the uprise of Type 2 diabetes (this was discussed here in the forums earlier this year as well). It's not only from cars though in China that is leading to air pollution, it's also due to the industry that produces the items that we can purchase so cheaply and the fact that coal power is still used.


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 10/13/2010 12:39 PM

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alssong

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This research done by Korean doctors suggests a correlation between economic development and diabetes rate. It may apply to China as well. The full article is here.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2879903/
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 03/30/2010 05:01 PM

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RunnersHigh

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That is a big surprise (at least) for me. I only know China from the news, but I thought their diet was very different from the European and American eating habbits and food choices. I do not know too much about the reasons for having/getting diabetes, but I have hardly seen Chinese people (even!) in the US whose body type would be considered average or obese.

The kids are definitely not at riks, no?

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 03/29/2010 03:55 PM

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Body1Michelle

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What do you guys think of the high and growing rate of diabetes in China? There are now 92.4 million people in China with diabetes (9.7% of the population) and 148.2 million people with prediabetes (15.5%). China has almost caught up with America's rate of diabetes (11%) and is expected to be home of 60% of the world's diabetes cases by 2025.

You can read the extract for the New England Journal of Medicine article about it here, and other articles about the report here and here.


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