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The idea that type 2 diabetes is a disease of the wealthy is no longer accepted. Its prevalence in Asia is overtaking that of countries in Europe and North America. In Sri Lanka, with average life expectancy at 74 years and rising and urbanization and its accompanying lifestyle changes affecting more and more sectors of society, people are increasingly exposed to risk factors for chronic disease.
While life expectancy for women in Sri Lanka has made steady gains since 1920, it has not improved for men since 1980 due to risk factors such as smoking and excessive drinking and delays in seeking healthcare.
1.World Bank. Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases in Sri Lanka. World Bank. Washington DC, 2011.
(1): CIA factbook
(2): WHO 2008
(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012