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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 101

Asia tops the list!

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh.

There are now 382 million people worldwide living with diabetes according to figures provided by International Diabetes Federation – IDF.

More than half are in Asia and the Western Pacific, where 90-95% of cases are classed as Type-2. China as the highest populated country is leading the world with the disease now affecting more than 98 million people or about 10% of the population considered as a dramatic increase from about 1% in 1980.

Prof. Juliana Chan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong says there is a complex interplay between genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors, which have been compounded by China’s rapid modernization.

According to her it is typically an ageing disease, but the data shows that the young and middle-aged are most vulnerable.

It is prevalent in obese people but emerging data suggests that for lean people with diabetes the outcome can be worse.

Diabetes is considered as Asia’s silent killer. Often thought as a disease of the rich in the past, the rise may be fueled as much by food scarcity and insecurity as it is by excess.

Changing lifestyles, rapid urbanization and cheap calories in the form of processed foods are putting more and more people risk of developing Type-2 diabetes.

It is revealed that India is closely trailing Chins with an estimated 65.1 million diabetics.

Although the exact figures of Sri Lanka is not known, however, it is supposed to be on the high side.

In Fiji island one in three people aged 30 or above have diabetes. In the gulf countries it is really alarming.

As a part of a massive campaign to begin in 2014, Dr. Khan says surgeons will be asked to save rather than cut when it comes to amputations, which are often seen as preferable to keeping patients in hospitals for prolonged period of time.

We urge the health authorities, in Sri Lanka, to conduct an awareness campaign instantly on diabetes before it gets out of control.

- Asian Tribune -

Prof. Juliana Chan
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