Podcast 273: Diabetes Rising in China

Many days, Scott really appreciates his health and lack of discomfort. Martin asks if he’s had enough calories to carry on today because at times, centuries ago, famine was widespread.  These days it happens only in places quite remote to us.

From “East ‘Meats’ West: Diabetes on Rise in China
By Chris Kaiser, Cardiology Editor, MedPage Today…

“In 2010, the prevalence of diabetes in China was nearly 10%” said Guo Xiaohui, MD, from Peking University First Hospital, during a press briefing. “More striking is that 64% of those with diabetes are undiagnosed.”
According to the World Health Organization, the overall percentage of obesity among the Chinese is nearly 6%, but can be as high as 20% in some cities, Xiaohui said.
When asked if the Western diet is partly responsible for the increase in diabetes and obesity, he said, “More specifically, the American diet.”

The research project culminated in a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, a survey of diseases and lifestyle factors in rural China and Taiwan. More commonly known as the China Study, “this project eventually produced more than 8000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease.”

The findings? “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored,” said Dr. Campbell.

Click here to purchase the book “The China Study”
Startling Implications for Diet and Long-term Health by Colin Campbell

There’s also a website you might like to see called
The China Study Community, The information source for the whole food, plant-based diet movement (www.thechinastudy.com)

Author: Martin Pytela