According to a prominent research paper titled "Diebetes in Asia and the Pacific: Implications for the Global Epidemic": More than 60% of the people with diabetes live in Asia (please read that again, OMG), with almost 1/2 in China and India combined. (We are talking about X Billion population!) The Western Pacific, the world's most populous region, has more than 138.2 Million people with diabetes & the number may rise to 201.8 Million by 2035.
Can you imagine the significance of this medical condition?!
We got to address the elephant in the room 🐘 and that is: WHY such high prevalence?
There are a number of reasons why Asia is prone to having high rates of diabetes.
Rapid urbanization: In recent decades, there has been a rapid urbanization in Asia, with people moving from rural areas to cities in search of work. This has led to changes in lifestyle, such as a more sedentary lifestyle and a diet that is high in processed foods and sugar.
Changing diets: There has been a shift towards a more Western diet in Asia, which is often high in calories, fat, and sugar. This is due to factors such as globalization, the increasing availability of processed foods, and the growing middle class.
Obesity: Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes. The prevalence of obesity has been increasing in Asia, particularly in urban areas. This is due to a number of factors, such as the aforementioned changes in diet and lifestyle.
Genetics: Some people are more genetically predisposed to developing diabetes than others. This is particularly true for people of Asian descent.
Lack of awareness: There is still a lack of awareness about diabetes in many parts of Asia. This can lead to people not being diagnosed with the condition until it is at a later stage, when it is more difficult to manage.
Early detection, lifestyle management, and proactive disease management can prove to be useful for folks dealing with diabetes. But the gateway that needs to be addressed first and foremost are Lack of Awareness && Diet.
Let's start here first.