The World Health Organization (WHO) has
said that China may have piped India
to earn the dubious honor of being the
"Diabetes Capital of the
World." The Technical Officer of
WHO's Department of Chronic Diseases
and Health Promotion Gojka Roglic
noted that the WHO diabetes data on
China is over 10 years old. China's
Ministry of Health says that there is
a more recent study published in
Mandarin that shows that China has
more than 30 million infected.
Roglic cautioned that while China's diabetic
numbers may have increased its
diabetic rate might not have reached
Indian proportions. She also pointed
out that the Indian study was an
extrapolation of urban diabetes rate
over rural population and that
extrapolation was not necessarily
valid. She called for a more intense
study on this complicated subject such
as causes, effects, and numbers
An isolated Denmark study said that the diabetic rate has
increased because of increase in life expectancy.
However, Roglic said that treatment was necessarily
increasing lifespan for a substantial population.
Roglic was appreciative of India's efforts to address the
high incidence of diabetes. She pointed out that
non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes,
cardiac disease, and some forms of cancer shared risk
factors and methods of treatment. She bemoaned the
lack of knowledge of NCDs and recommended
"prevention" has shown "to be the
effective, possible, and simple solution.
Roglic inaugurated the Indian network for NCD initiated by
Dr. V. Mohan of the M.V. Diabetes Research Foundation
(MDRF) in Chennai.