The World Health Organization's Asia-Pacific regional director has said that the countries in the region are facing serious challenges from 'lifestyle' diseases and aging populations. Western Pacific WHO director Shin Young-soo said such ailments, often arising from a change in diets and less exercise, were sharply rising in Asian nations. He said recent studies showed that as many as 12 percent of Chinese adults had diabetes, while as many as 50 percent had a "pre-diabetes" condition, meaning they were on the borderline of developing the illness. This was a huge jump from the estimated 3-4 percent diabetics in China's adult population in the 1990s. About 10 percent of adults in countries like South Korea, Japan and even Vietnam also had diabetes, Shin told reporters at a WHO regional meeting in the Philippine capital. "It is because of the big change in our diets in the last 30-40 years' time. There is also a very interesting observation that Asian people... tend to have more diabetes than Western people," he said. "We must have behaviour change. The whole society must tackle the issue," Shin said. Other non-communicable ailments like hypertension and high cholesterol were also on the increase despite the fact that they could all be prevented, he said. Shin said countries such as some Pacific island nations were experiencing diabetes among 40 percent of adults while 75 to 80 percent were suffering from obesity. "Over many years, this will lead to huge health care costs. Societies will lose this productive labour power," he warned. Shin also said ageing populations in some Asia-Pacific countries like Australia, Japan and China would force these nation to spend more on caring for the elderly. Other problems facing the region like relatively high rates of blindness and the spread of drug-resistant diseases will also be discussed at the WHO meeting being held in Manila this week.Source: AFP << UK Boy Who Lost Leg to Cancer Gets Power-Assisted ‘Robot’ L... Obama Hits Back at Criticism of Health Reform Over Website ... >> Recommended Reading Anti-Ageing and Benefits of Red Wine Ageing process has always been an enigma. Recent research indicates that red wine could delay the process. READ MORE Anti-aging Secrets to a Younger You Is there anyone in this world who fails to be swayed by the magic of youth? None, for when youth explodes joyously all Nature smiles! READ MORE Foods that are Bad for your Skin Hydration, sebum formation and skin acidity determine the skin condition. Along with aging and environmental factors, diet too influences skin condition. READ MORE Gardening and Horticultural Therapy for the Young and the Old Art of gardening can improve socializing and cognitive skills in children and elderly. As a therapy it benefits all, be it able or disabled, young or old. READ MORE The Better Flour - Refined Or Whole Wheat Flour! Whole wheat flour is rapidly gaining exposure for its rich nutritional value and being considered healthy, as opposed to all-purpose flour, maida. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood Donation - Recipients Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Indian Medical Journals More News on: Gardening and Horticultural Therapy for the Young and the OldThe Better Flour - Refined Or Whole Wheat Flour!