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Viet Nam struggles to cope with rising diabetes rate

Update: November, 13/2013 - 09:15

iet Nam is home to 3.16 million people with diabetes, or 5.29 per cent of the adult population between the ages of 20 and 79 years, according to the International Diabetes Federation's Diabetes Atlas.— File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam is home to 3.16 million people with diabetes, or 5.29 per cent of the adult population between the ages of 20 and 79 years, according to the International Diabetes Federation's Diabetes Atlas.

By 2030, it is estimated that the number of people in the country with diabetes will have increased to 3.4 million, or 4.4 per cent of the adult population, the IDF Atlas said.

Impaired glucose tolerance, indicated by elevated blood sugar levels, are a major predictor of diabetes within the next five years.

Last year, this affected 5.4 million people or 9.5 per cent of the adult population in Viet Nam.

Local studies, however, indicate that the prevalence of diabetes in Viet Nam is higher, and the most recent data (2009) in HCM City shows a prevalence rate of close to 11 per cent.

Experts believe there are nearly 5 million people with diabetes in Viet Nam, although more than 60 per cent remain undiagnosed.

Even diagnosed patients are treated sub-optimally and the majority of the patients fail to achieve treatment targets.

Data also shows that close to six out of 10 diagnosed patients have some complications of diabetes.

Much progress has been made in recent years with the National Diabetes Prevention Programme rolled out by the Ministry of Health, but there is still room for improvement in tackling the growing diabetes challenge.

Successfully controlling type 2 diabetes diseases will significantly contribute to the prevention of other chronic diseases, due to their shared risk factors, underlying determinants and opportunities for intervention.

The diabetes care company Novo Nordisk is partnering with Viet Nam's Ministry of Health and Association for Diabetes and Endocrinology Viet Nam to roll-out the Viet Nam Diabetes Care Programme (2012-15).

The programme aims to increase public awareness about diabetes, the number of physicians trained in diabetes care, the diabetes care infrastructure in Viet Nam, and diabetes care in children and pregnancy. It also aims to collect robust data on the current status of diabetes care.

In addition, the Changing Diabetes® Camp will be organised by the Ministry of Health in HCM City from November 3-5 and Ha Noi from November 14-16. — VNS



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