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Diabetes troubles in China

Diabetes is increasing faster in developing countries than it is in the U.S. and Western Europe, and this well-documented report released today details the huge impact that this is having on morbidity and mortality. The increase in diabetes is usually linked to changes in diet and physical activity that have accompanied a growing economy. Less discussed are possible links to pollution, which is at remarkable levels in China. This increase in complications related to poor chronic disease care is one of the major reasons for the current drive in China to increase the number of family physicians and to improve the care in their community health centers and rural areas.

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