Integrated efforts key for optimal diabetes care in China

The prevalence of diabetes is estimated to be 11.6% in the Chinese adult population, which represents up to 113.9 million Chinese adults with diabetes or a third of the world’s diabetes population. The prevalence of diabetes is higher in older age groups, in urban residents and in persons living in economically developed regions. Among people with diabetes, only 25.8% received treatment for diabetes and only 39.7% of those treated had adequate glycaemic control.1,2 These numbers suggest that China has overtaken India as the epicentre of the global diabetes epidemic.3