Diabetes cases have seen explosive growth in China

Global Business

As the world marks World Health Day, the World Health Organization is calling for global efforts to combat diabetes. Globally, 420 million adults are living with the disease, a quarter of them Chinese.

The WHO says the trend of increase in China has been explosive. But how to stem the rise and what we should individually do to protect ourselves?

CCTV’s Wu Guoxiu has filed this report.

The WHO said 10 percent of adults in China now suffer from diabetes – back in the 1980s, it was less than 5 percent.

The majority of diabetes sufferers have the Type 2 diabetes, largely the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity.

The WHO said beating diabetes requires a social solution. Individuals can do more to reduce their own risk, by eating more healthily and getting more exercise. Governments at all levels and the broader community also have a role to play to make healthy choices easier for everyone.

Medicine expert Juliana CN Chan on China’s diabetes situation

CCTV America’s Michelle Makori interviewed Juliana CN Chan, chair professor of Medicine and Therapeutics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong about China’s diabetes situation.