Were there warnings that diabetes would become the epidemic of the 21st century? In the early 1970s, Peter Bennett and co-workers reported on the extraordinarily high prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Pima Native Americans. In 1975, we reported the high rates of diabetes in the Micronesian Nauruans in the Pacific. Similar findings followed in other Pacific and Asian island populations. They all indicated the potential for a future global epidemic. The predictions we made over 20 years ago have now been proven correct. Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in many developing and most developed nations. Moreover, the pandemic of Type 2 diabetes, its complications and associated diseases will continue to escalate around the world in the coming decades. Diabetes is one of the major threats to human health in the 21st century.
Prevalence, Predictions, IDI, China, Australia.