More young people in Singapore getting diabetes

SINGAPORE — While Type 2 diabetes — a common form of the illness — occurs more frequently among those above the age of 40, evolving lifestyles and increasing obesity rates have led to more young people getting diabetes, said Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor.

In Singapore, an estimated one in nine adults between the ages of 18 and 69 has diabetes, according to the National Health Survey 2010. One in seven has impaired glucose tolerance — a condition which could develop into diabetes, if left untreated.

An earlier study by the National University of Singapore’s Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health forecasted that up to a million adults residents in Singapore could have diabetes by 2050.

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