Asian Rates of Diabetes and Obesity Set to Explode

July 7th, 2011 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

An analysis of over 900,000 individuals in 18 cohorts from 7 Asian nations (Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan) show an overall prevalence of diabetes  of 4.3%, ranging from 0.5% TO 8.2%. The positive association between BMI and diabetes prevalence was observed in all cohorts and all subgroups, although the association was stronger for younger individuals. The results were similar no matter whether the standard or ‘Asian” cutoffs are used. The authors note that the fast rising rates of obesity in these countries, For example, in rural China, the prevalence of overweight has increased from 5.3% in men to 13.6% and from 9.8% in women to 14.4%. Rates of obesity increased from 0.5% in men to 1.8% and from 0.7% in women to 3.0%. This, the authors note, “ has profound implications for the expected number of diabetes patients who will be diagnosed in this region in future decades. PLoS ONE: Body Mass Index and Diabetes in Asia: A Cross-Sectional Pooled Analysis of 900,000 Individuals in the Asia Cohort Consortium