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ESC to give talks on diabetes in 3 cities in China
Date:11/20/2009

hanges in lifestyle and downstream diabetes. The main question for them is how to implement the parts of our European experience which they find useful/interesting and how to do so quickly and efficiently in such a vast (and disparate) country."

He went on to explain that: "Changing lifestyle is crucial but notoriously difficult. China is a huge country which is developing very rapidly and now facing the same problems we've had for a long time, but on a massive scale. Their problems are very similar to ours. There is a trend in the data showing that Asians are slightly more susceptible to developing diabetes and so this should be tackled more aggressively."

This event will not only heighten awareness of the relationship between diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but also the differences in treatment of Asian versus European patients. At least 100 participants are expected in each venue, with each meeting also beamed by satellite, for others to follow.

Professor Thierry Gillebert (Ghent University, Belgium) is responsible for the educational meetings in Asia within the ESC Education Committee. He explained why the Asia programmes are so important:

"China is a country with several different races so the challenges are different. We are trying to establish the best medication and how to realise the best health benefits. The goal is to develop a network with them to increase cooperation.

The ESC cares for the cardiovascular health in member states but feels responsible for the global health of the world."

All slides and texts used during the meetings will be translated into Chinese.


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Contact: ESC Press Office
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European Society of Cardiology
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