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Number of diabetes patients nearly doubled in China over past decade

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BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The number of Chinese diabetes patients nearly doubled over the past decade, with 9.7 percent of the country's 1.3 billion people suffering from the disease, according to a Chinese medical expert.

Ji Linong, director of the Chinese Medical Association (CMA)'s Diabetes Society, announced the statistic on Friday at an inauguration ceremony for a story-collecting activity entitled "I and Insulin" which is being co-sponsored by the society and an international pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Only 36.1 percent of Chinese aged 18 and older are aware of diabetes, according to Ji. He added that only 35 percent of the diabetes patients has normal blood sugar levels, a key diagnostical indicator for diabetes.



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