China: CVD risk factors at highest rate in country's history
The prevalence of CVD risk factors have increased over the past several years and are significantly more prevalent among those who have had coronary heart disease or stroke, according to new research involving more than 46,000 participants. The prevalence of overweight or obesity is currently over 36% for males and nearly 30% for females, an increase from 2002 when the rate was 21%. The prevalence of pre-diabetes and diabetes increased 300% since 1994, with the current rate of hyperglycemia is 27% for men and 23% for women. High cholesterol had the highest prevalence among participants with more than 67% of men and 64% of women. Stroke is the most prevalent form of CVD and causes the most deaths and disabilities in China.
"Prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factor in the Chinese population: The 2007-2008 China National Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders Study"
European Heart Journal 2011; published online 30 June 2011
Date Posted: 7 July 2011