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Growing epidemic of diabetes 糖尿病成為全球疫症

Data source: WHO (2000)
Map created by CUHK SpatioEpi Group

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Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder with many complications. It consumes at least 10% in total health care expenditure in many countries. Nowadays, high carbohydrate diet has gradually replaced traditional diet, a phenomenon observed even in developing countries. Decreased physical activities have led to overweight and obesity, which is another risk factor to DM. The map shows the various distribution of DM including both rich and poor countries.