Diabetes patients are 40 years of age averagely worldwide but in Vietnam, some nine-year-old children have type 2 diabetes, he added. Thirty years ago, it was difficult to find a type 2 diabetes patient at the age of 40.
Nevertheless, diabetes epidemic now hits the under-40s, said Professor Binh.
Statistically, around 3.5 million Vietnamese people have diabetes. Worse, it is forecast that the number of them will rise to 6.3 million by 2045.
Noticeably, 70 percent of diabetes patients have not known to catch disease while 20 percent of them suffer kidney failure or put on dialysis or have kidney transplant .