The studies found that in the Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam 11% of men and 12% of women had type 2 diabetes, without them knowing about it. On top of that 4% people have been diagnosed, suffering from diabetes.
According to Tuan Nguyen, who is from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, in the recent past Vietnams food patterns have changed considerably. The cities are becoming westernized and fast food outlets can be found everywhere in the city.
According to Tuan Nguyen, a similar study had been carried out in Thailand with 721 men and 1,421 women and the results that came out were very similar.
According to him the similarities in the result can help them in extrapolating their findings in other parts of Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia.
Type 2, is the most common form of diabetes. It is the outcome of high levels of fat and sugar in the diet and a lack of exercise. It can lead to heart disease, loss of vision, amputation of limbs and renal failure.
According to Tuan’s co-author Lasley Campbell, developing countries are faced with the trend of copying western lifestyle and consequently succumbing to the diseases related to the said lifestyle along with hunger and poverty. But they do not have the resources to treat these conditions.
Source: Top News Singapore
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