Diabetes rises in China, reaching 'alert' level
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Almost 12 per cent of adults in China had diabetes in 2010, with economic prosperity driving the disease to slightly higher proportions than in the United States, researchers said on Tuesday.
The overall prevalence of diabetes in China in 2010 was found to be 11.6 per cent of adults - 12.1 per cent in men, and 11.0 per cent in women, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
In the United States, about 11.3 per cent of people over 20 have diabetes according to 2011 data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The disease was more prevalent in China than in the United States even though the population was thinner - average body mass index, a ratio of height and body weight, was just 23.7 in China compared to 28.7 in the United States.