Chinese top the world in diabetes burden

CHINA has the largest population of people with diabetes in the world, according to a new report showing nearly one in 10 people have diabetes.

The 2010 China National Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders Study found diabetes prevalence reached 9.7% and the prevalence rate of people with impaired glucose tolerance was also higher than other countries.

A report for market analyst Datamonitor said China’s ageing population, urbanisation, dietary changes and decreasing levels of physical activity would contribute to rising rates.

The gap between the number of patients and their access to diabetes therapy was alarmingly large, the report said.

Low levels of public awareness of the disease and poor access to tools for early diagnosis contributed to the fact that many people with the disease remain undiagnosed.