Diabetic population of Vietnam hits 2 million

Tue, 22 Aug 2006
Diabetes is now an undeniably global epidemic. Anywhere where waistlines are expanding, unhealthy food is being eaten and traditional ways of life are being eroded type 2 diabetes is marching forward. Although diabetes hotspots such as America, India and China are well recognised now, other countries are suffering from no less of a problem, when considered in proportion. Vietnam, now home to more than 2 million diabetes sufferers, is one of these.

Recent news has focused on the spread of obesity throughout the world. Surprising countries such as Australia and New Zealand are suffering awfully from this problem. Awareness is often cited as the key in prevention, and of the 2 million diabetics in Vietnam it is estimated that 65 per cent do not know that they have the disease. The reports were released at a seminar held in Hanoi over the weekend.

Health experts who were involved in the seminar, called the "New point of view on nutrition as therapy to cure diabetes," as many as 73 per cent of diabetes sufferers in Vietnam do not stick to dietary regimes in order to control their blood sugar level. In turn, this leads to dire complications.

Awareness and early intervention, as ever, is the key to successful diabetes treatment and the aversion of what is becoming an international healthcare burden.
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