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.
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