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Singapore embraces a real epidemic of diabetes

Singapore embraces a real epidemic of diabetes

Singapore embraces a real epidemic of diabetes

Approximately 11.3% of Singapore residents aged 18-69 are living with diabetes, according to the 2010. For comparison: in 2004 the figures were 8.2%, Xinhua reported citing local newspaper The Straits Times.

Disease is common among the elderly. According to experts, one in three to 69 years in Singapore will suffer from diabetes. This puts Singapore on one of the first places in the list of developed countries facing an epidemic of diabetes. Thus, in Europe diabetes is common to 6-9% of the population, and all over the world – 8.5%.

Emphasizes Stanley Liew, an endocrinologist from Raffles Hospital, the increase in the number of diabetics in Singapore goes parallel with higher rates of obesity (from 6.9% in 2004 to 10.8% in 2010).

Plus, if the 2004 diabetes at an early age developed in 8% of people aged 40-49, in 2010 the figure grew to 12%. It should be understood that diabetes increases the risk of blindness, kidney failure, poor circulation, threatening amputations, heart attacks and strokes.