China once had the lowest heart disease rate in the world and the lowest obesity rate in the world. Not anymore.
Now after two decades of embracing the modern Western meat-heavy, sugar-rich, low-fibre, highly-processed Western diet, their heart disease rates have tripled and they have over 100 million diabetics.
The 2014 China PEACE-Retrospective Acute Myocardial Infarction Study has found that “myocardial infarction (STEMI) in China have increased from 3·7 to 15·8 per 100,000 people in a decade”.
This is preventable heart disease tripling in just 10 years from 2001-2011.
The researchers also found that the leading causes of heart disease (poor diet, smoking, high blood pressure etc), have all increased during this time.
Study by Jing Li PhD, Xi Li PhD, Qing Wang MS, Shuang Hu PhD, Yongfei Wang MS, Prof Frederick A Masoudi MD, Professor John A Spertus MD, Prof Harlan M Krumholz MD, Professor Lixin Jiang “ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in China from 2001 to 2011 (the China PEACE-Retrospective Acute Myocardial Infarction Study): a retrospective analysis of hospital data” as published in The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 24 June 2014 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60921-1.