China was estimated in 2017 to be home to nearly one third of the world’s diabetics – but that number is likely to have increased since then because of rapid urbanisation and more of its population becoming affluent. Photo: Shutterstock

Diabetes kills three people every minute: so what in the world can we do to fight it?

  • There’s no cure for the disease – seventh in the global causes of death – which used up 12 per cent of world’s health care budget in 2017, so prevention is key
  • China was home to estimated 114 million diabetics in 2017 – nearly one third of all cases – but rise in affluence and urbanisation means number has risen
Topic |   Fighting a global epidemic

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China was estimated in 2017 to be home to nearly one third of the world’s diabetics – but that number is likely to have increased since then because of rapid urbanisation and more of its population becoming affluent. Photo: Shutterstock
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