BEIJING, Nov. 12 (UPI) — Beijing’s Health Bureau says 8.6 percent of the city’s permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 79 suffer from diabetes.
With Monday’s World Diabetes Day approaching, Mao Yu, the deputy chief of the health bureau, said Saturday diabetes has become one of the most serious health threats in Beijing, Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency, reported.
Along with confirmed patients, the bureau said 5.1 percents of Beijing residents in the same age group are potential diabetes patients.
Diabetes can be caused by inadequate exercise, a poor diet, drinking, smoking and other unhealthy lifestyles, as well as genetics, Mao said. Obesity is the leading cause of diabetes among children and adolescents.
The Health Bureau of Beijing Municipality is giving free diabetes tests as a campaign to raise awareness and promote World Diabetes Day on Monday.