The Middle East and Indian subcontinent have the world's worst rates of adult-onset, Type II diabetes, up to 20-22%, which is 3-5 times higher than in the West. More stats here:
"In 2003, the five countries with the largest numbers of persons with diabetes were India (35.5 million), China (23.8 million), the United States (16 million), Russia (9.7 million) and Japan (6.7 million).
"In 2003, the five countries with the highest diabetes prevalence in the adult population were Nauru (30.2 %), The United Arab Emirates (20.1 %), Qatar (16%), Bahrain(14.9%), and Kuwait (12.8%).
The cause is a combination of genetics and bad diet. Type II diabetes typically occurs in adults that are obese, but not always. Prevention is always better than cure, but Type II can be controlled and even reversed by dietary and lifestyle change: so it's never too late.
The problem for this part of the world is that the critical thing you need to control is blood sugar levels, which are most affected by foods such as refined carbohydrates: white sugar, white flour, white rice. Try to find a regional cuisine here that isn't based strongly around white bread and white rice, with plenty of sweet things to follow! Add in Western fast-food and junk food, the sedentary lifestyle, and you are really screwed.
If you don't already know about the Glycaemic Index, have a click a
If weight is already an issue, consider a low-carb or controlled-carb diet like Atkins or South Beach diet.
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