World Wide Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic Gets Worse
Reason? Everybody is getting fatter
Earlier in the spring there was news that type 2 diabetes in American adolescents was at an all time high. That’s actually not bad news overall. The rate of type 2 diabetes in Chinese adolescents is four times higher. This according to a study published at the University of North Carolina.
The reason is simple. Chinese teens are getting fat at an alarming rate. The increase in diabetes parallels an increase in cardiovascular problems as well. Unless something is done soon, Chinese kids have a lifetime of diabetic, cardiovascular and metabolic syndrome issues to deal with as adults and, most fun of all, early death.
Proves the old rule that there is always some SOB who has it worse than you do, right?
The reason China’s kids are getting fatter according to the study is China’s growing wealth. That wealth has allowed the Chinese to afford more food and to do less physical activity. The Chinese can afford now to get fat and happy and it’s slowly killing them.
So, what in their diet is making Chinese fatter? The study does not say, other than they now eat more and and do less physical labor. It just continue to cite a lot of grim numbers.
“The findings suggest a very high burden of chronic disease risk starting at a young age, with 1.7 million Chinese children ages 7-18 having diabetes and another 27.7 million considered prediabetic,” Popkin said. “In addition, more than one-third of children under age 18 had high levels of at least one cardiometabolic risk factor.”
Comparing the Chinese data with data from the United States based on National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES) results, the authors found that diabetes and inflammation rates were higher in the Chinese pediatric population than in the U.S. pediatric population or in other Asian countries. Researchers found 1.9 percent of Chinese children age 12-18 had diabetes, compared to 0.5 percent of children in the U.S. The study also found great disparity with respect to inflammation, a key cardiovascular risk factor; 12.1 percent of Chinese adolescents showed a high inflammation risk, compared to 8.5 percent of adolescents in the U.S.
“The number of individuals with high levels of at least one cardiovascular risk factor increased to 85 percent in individuals age 40 and older,” said Penny Gordon-Larsen, Ph.D., professor of nutrition in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. “Of even greater concern is the fact that we see these high levels of risk in individuals living across the entire country – in rural and urban, as well as high and low-income areas. So the impending health care costs and implications are immense.”