Chapel Hill, NC -- A study shows Chinese teenagers have a rate of diabetes nearly four times greater than their counterparts in the United States.
This comes from a study done at UNC-Chapel Hill.
With the increase in diabetes also comes an increase in cardiovascular diseases, according to the results.
This is all a result of a Chinese population that is growing increasingly overweight.
The study, from the UNC School of Global Public Health, used data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey, the longest ongoing study of its kind in China.
Researchers found 1.9 percent of Chinese children age 12-18 had diabetes compared to 0.5 percent of children in the US.
The results reinforce earlier reseacrch by authors who found higher levels of obesity emerging in the past decade among the poor and those living in rural areas of China.