Rising obesity in children and young adults will push up the rate of diabetes in Singapore - already among the highest in the developed world - going by recent studies.
Professor Chia Kee Seng, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said 34 per cent of people aged 24 to 35 this year can expect to be diabetic by the time they are 65, based on projections.
Overall, diabetes rates have risen, from 8.6 per cent of the adult population in 1992 to 11.3 per cent in 2010. This would have gone up to 12.9 per cent by last year, said epidemiologists at the school under the National University of Singapore. They study the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in the population.