By CCTV reporter Hu Chao
Today marks the seventh World Diabetes Day. Health officials in China are using it to promote awareness of the disease that is often linked to poor lifestyle habits. A study done in partnership with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that about 110 million people suffer from diabetes in China. The study also revealed that the number of diabetics between the age of 25 and 34 has grown 8-times higher since the mid-1990s.
Health officials at a hospital in Taiyuan , capital of north China’s Shanxi Province, say thirty percent of diabetes patients it treats are between 20 and 40 years old and that number is growing.
Today marks the seventh World Diabetes Day. Health officials in China are using it to promote awareness of the disease that is often linked to poor lifestyle habits.
"People over 60 years old still make up the largest group of diabetes patients but in recent years the disease has increased among younger people.” said Wang Yaping, Chief Physician, Taiyuan People’s Hospital.
So why are more young Chinese contracting diabetes? Experts say is has a lot to do with a more affluent society in which people eat, drink, work and smoke too much.
"The lifestyles of young people have undergone a great change. They eat more western food, suffer from pressures at work and get less regular rest. These are likely the primary causes of the growing incidence of diabetes among young people.” said Wang Yaping, Chief Physician, Taiyuan People’s Hospital.
Doctors say about half of those who have diabetes show few early warning symptoms. 41-year-old Mr. Li was diagnosed as a diabetic after recent health check.
"As I look back over the years, I figure the disease is directly connected to my unhealthy lifestyle over the past decade. I’ve been working hard and attended many social activities. I often work overtime and don’t get regular meals.”sSaid diabetes patient.
Experts say that young people should not take their health for granted. More attention needs to be paid to improving their lifestyles, including eating a more balanced diet, playing more sports, and resting regularly despite busy schedules. Because diseases like diabetes are the last thing young people want to worry about. After all, they still have a lifetime ahead of them.
- Editor:Annabelle | Source: Agencies
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