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Diabetes Attacking the Very Young in Vietnam

Nguoi-Viet, Posted: Nov 24, 2009

The incidence of diabetes among very young people in Việt Nam has
increased significantly of late, and the country is among those with
the fastest-growing rate of patients, Nguoi-Viet reports.

Thai Quang, vice chairman of the Việt Nam Society of Endocrinology and Diabetes,
told the newspaper that patients as young as 11 years old have been found with Type
2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of the World Diabetes
Day, Quang attributed the problem to growing obesity in urban areas.
While the proportion of patients to the total population has climbed
from 1.1 percent in 1990 to nearly 5 percent this year, fewer than
200 doctors specializing in the diseases are working nationwide, Quang
said. He stressed that the problem of late diagnosis was serious with
most patients being admitted to hospitals with already critical
complications like blindness and kidney failure.

There are an estimated 5 million people with diabetes in Vietnam and
67 percent of them only found out about their disease when its more
serious complications had developed, the National Hospital of
Endocrinology reported at a different meeting held on the same day in
Hanoi. Vietnamese people are yet to be fully aware of the dangers that
this disease poses, warned Professor Phạm Song, chairman of Vietnam
Medical Association.

The meeting, organized by the Health Ministry in cooperation with the
association, heard that about 10 million people will be diagnosed with
the disease in the next 10 years.

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