Dynamics of diabetes and obesity: An alarming situation in the developing countries in Asia

Chiranjib Chakraborty, Srijit Das*

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Abstract

The incidence of diabetes in developing countries in Asia has increased over the last few years. The economic development is radically changing the lifestyle of the younger generation who prefer to embrace the western lifestyle of eating high calorie fast food with minimal physical exercise. Previously, the rate of diabetes was very low but it is increasing at an alarming rate in the developing countries in Asia. Admittedly, there is paucity of literature on the prevalence of patients with type-1 diabetes in Asian developing countries due to lower field surveys and lack of quantitative data. Few contributing factors such as body mass index (BMI) and its relation with obesity and diabetes, energy dense diet, excessive caloric intake, sedentary behaviors, lifestyle and family history, gene and genomewide association of diabetes, genes and gene polymorphisms are being discussed especially with regard to the Asian population. Dynamics of the diabetes and obesity was depicted for the population of Asian developing countries with special emphasis on China and India. Diabetes has become widespread among the low-income communities. Hence, it is necessary to develop appropriate healthcare policies in order to mitigate this rampant epidemic before it is too late.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1258-1268
Number of pages11
JournalMini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Volume16
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asia
  • Control
  • Developing countries
  • Diabetes
  • Epicenter
  • Healthcare
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Cancer Research

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