As a consequence of rapid economic growth, urbanization and a move away from the more traditional way of life, Type 2 diabetes has become a critical health problem in the Asia Pacific region. Up until the last decade, the major public health issues in many of these nations included malnutrition and infectious disease. The rapid increase in Type 2 diabetes incidence has left many Asia Pacific nations under-prepared. This article will contain an overview of the issues surrounding this emerging epidemic and will identify future underwriting trends.
Reprinted with permission of ON THE RISK, Journal of the Academy of Life Underwriting (www.ontherisk.com).