Twin health threats on the rise in Asian countries

In an online commentary, Australian endocrinologist Professor Mark Cooper and Quintiles, Singapore, drug development strategist Anthony Rebuck note both conditions are life-threatening, their prevalence is rising, and increasing numbers of younger people are developing the disorders, while awareness remains low.

In Pakistan 12% of adults older than 25 have diabetes, yet doctors rarely check BMI, the article said.

Lifestyle management also remains a challenge for COPD, with tobacco smoking and other factors such as pollution from indoor cooking not