Q. How fast is diabetes increasing in China and why?
Almost 12 percent (11.6%) of China’s adults have diabetes and more than half (50.1%) have pre-diabetes . That represents 114 million and 493 million people respectively. Changes in lifestyle, (i.e., diet, reduced physical activity, urbanization, etc.), plus pollution are all contributing factors to this increase.>
The projected cost of diabetes treatment for Western Pacific patients (predominantly Chinese) in the year of 2030 is estimated to reach USD$60 billion , mainly for the treatment of diabetic complications and end-stage diseases.
Recent research paints this picture of diabetes patients in China:
It’s hard to find a patient with type 1 diabetes in China who had lived with their disease for 30 years or more.