China crisis

| Post published on June 2, 2010
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Because of the rapid change in lifestyle in China, diabetes has become epidemic. Researchers estimate that almost 10 per cent of adults have the disease, but that most cases remain undiagnosed. Rapid economic growth, urbanisation, changed diets and more sedentary lifestyles have contributed. Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in China. In the UK, just under four per cent of adults have diabetes.

Yang et al., 2010. Prevalence of diabetes among men and women in China. New England Journal of Medicine. 362, 1090-1101.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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