Childhood Diabetes Rate higher in China than in US

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(Best Syndication News) - Chinese children had a higher rate of diabetes compared with United States rates, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of North Carolina reported that the diabetes rate in Chinese teenagers were four times higher than the comparable age group in the US. The results will be published in the online edition of Obesity Reviews and will be published in the September issue of the print edition.

The researchers studied data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), which ran between 1989 and 2011 and involved over 29,000 people in over 300 communities in China. The CHNS study was a collaborative arrangement between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CCDC) National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety.

The researchers identified a diabetes rate of 1.9 percent in Chinese children between 7-17 years of age. The Chinese children also had a 14.9 percent rate of having pre-diabetes. The diabetes and pre-diabetes were measured by the glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) blood levels.

The researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES), which had participants who were based in the US, to compare it against the CHNS data. They found 1.9 percent of the 12-18 year old Chinese children had diabetes, while only 0.5 percent had diabetes in the US population for the same age group.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter




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