OECD and Malaysia: Sugar Usage and Diabetes Mellitus

Sugar/sweetener use and diabetes mellitus disease among OECD countries and Malaysia revisit. (previous post here)

However, this time the data on deaths of diabetes mellitus (per 100,000 population) is added and analysis is performed. The quantity of sugar used shows very weak correlation to the diabetes prevalence, Rsquare=0.022 (Rsquare=1 being the perfect) and deaths caused by diabetes mellitus, Rsquare=0.046. Countries like Italy and Portugal has higher number of deaths even though their consumption on sugar/sweetener is lower than US or Switzerland.

1) WHO
2) International Diabetes Federation
3) FAO

1 Comment

  1. Leon Wong said,

    December 26, 2013 at 5:15 am

    It seems unhealthy to see so much sugar consumed per capita. Of course, this is the case. But how come? Is it their culture or just a habit? I know that Diabetes in Malaysia is mostly because of the culture. They are unknown with the consequences and are badly educated about diabetes. Also, the government is subsidizing sugar, which makes the usage widespread.

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