Diabetes Epidemic Grows in China

diabetes epidemic chinaAccording to a recently-released study, China has the world’s largest diabetes epidemic, and it is only continuing to worsen. Previous studies have found the rate of the disease rising rapidly in the world’s most populous country. Growing numbers of Chinese patients are having to depend on diabetic supply companies for medications, testing kits, and other diabetic accessories associated with the chronic disease. Scientists are still attempting to understand the reasons behind the huge increases of occurrence of the disease in the Chinese population. The growing epidemic has accompanied the development of the country over the last 30 years or more, with rates only increasing as the country has become more prosperous.

The study was published last month by the Journal of the American Medical Association, and showed that China has actually surpassed the United States in the percentage of its population with the disease. As of the time of the study, China had a rate of 11.6% of its population dealing with the chronic illness, versus 11.3% in the US. This contrasts hugely as well with the fact that in 1980, China had disease prevalence for Diabetes of less than 1% of its population. The study’s authors point out that the total of 114 million Chinese who are diagnosed with diabetes are at a greater risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure, and that they of course represent a huge strain on the country’s public health system. This is also an emerging market for diabetic supply companies, who offer products that the Chinese population increasingly needs, including insulin pump supplies, insulin pen needles, and other medicines that are associated with Type 2 diabetes—the prevalent type in China.

The study also found that, in addition to the high numbers of individuals who have the disease, an alarming number of people had “prediabetic” blood glucose levels; the study involved testing almost 99,000 people, of which half were at that particular benchmark. Scientists have not been able to discover why, but they have found that weight gain leads to Type 2 diabetes in Asian populations at lower body-mass indexes than it does in other populations—including Caucasians and Blacks. The average BMI in the study was 23.7, which is considered normal. Those studying the trends of obesity and disease in the country have blamed many factors, including the introduction of high-calorie Western diets—including fast food, along with a more sedentary lifestyle as opposed to the former norm of farm labor, and even families wishing to spoil the one child they are entitled to have. While all of these factors come into play, there are still many mysteries that scientists are attempting to unravel; in the meantime, the country as a whole is gearing up for greater diabetes awareness, and Chinese citizens are increasingly turning to diabetic supply companies for the diabetic accessories they need to manage their lifestyle with the disease. For companies that manufacture products such as glucose testing kits, insulin supplies, and other supplies for diabetes, the growth in the market is not necessarily a bad thing; however, the rapid rise in rates of diabetes in any population—particularly rates of Type 2 diabetes, which is more readily preventable—is a growing public health concern for governments around the world.

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