Last Updated: 2017-09-12
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HANOI, Vietnam Sept 12 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Some 5 million people, or 6 percent of Vietnam's population, is now diabetes patients, compared with 3.7 percent of the population in 2004, the Vietnam Association of Diabetes and Endocrinology said on Tuesday.

For every 20 Vietnamese adults, one suffers from diabetes, and the number of local children suffering from the disease tends to increase.

Vietnam's National Hospital of Pediatrics has annually treated 40-50 children who suffer from diabetes in the last five years, doubling or trebling the figure in the prior periods.

Type-2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is caused by several factors, including genes and lifestyle factors, such as physical inactivity and obesity.

Over 53,400 Vietnamese diabetics died in 2015 due to being diagnosed late and not following strict treatment which mainly involves diet and physical activity along with lowering blood glucose and the levels of other known risk factors, said the association. -- NNN-XINHUA