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[Editorial] Reversing the rising tide of diabetes in China

The prevalence of diabetes (including both type 1 and type 2 diabetes) in China has increased significantly from 0·9% in 1980 to 11·6% in 2010, and China now has the largest number of people with diabetes in the world. According to the latest figures from the National Health and Family Planning Commission released on Nov 12, the total number of people with diabetes in China has reached 100 million and will keep growing. Awareness, treatment, and control of diabetes remain poor, making it one of the diseases with the highest death rates in the whole country.