It’s World Diabetes Day, and no one is displaying more “holiday spirit” than China, whose diabetic population has swelled to around 110 million people, far surpassing US rates, CNTV reports:
The study also revealed that the number of diabetics between the age of 25 and 34 has grown 8-times higher since the mid-1990s.
Health officials at a hospital in Taiyuan , capital of north China’s Shanxi Province, say thirty percent of diabetes patients it treats are between 20 and 40 years old and that number is growing.
“People over 60 years old still make up the largest group of diabetes patients but in recent years the disease has increased among younger people.” said Wang Yaping, Chief Physician, Taiyuan People’s Hospital.
Factors include China’s increased affluence and subsequent coveting of perceived status symbols like McDonald’s and KFC leading to an influx of fast food brands. Couple this with
Not-So-Little Emperor Syndrome (also a product of the increased wealth), smoking, sedentary lifestyles, and you’ve got a perfect equation for diabetes.