Over 3 million Vietnamese suffer from diabetes

07:00 | 18/11/2014

VGP – With 3.3 million diabetics (about 3.7% of its population), Viet Nam now ranks first in Southeast Asia in diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

Associate Professor Dr. Ta Van Binh, Director of the Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorder, under the Ha Noi Medicine University said that the number of global diabetics touched 382 million.

In Viet Nam, since 2002, the number of patients increased three-fold in comparison with ten years ago. In 2008, the number of diabetics among the 30-69-year-old group accounted for around 6%. The rate was 7-10% in urban and industrial areas.

The disease shortens the patient’s life-span by 5-10 years and causes critical blindness, kidney failure and limb amputations./.

By Kim Loan