A GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGE

The number of adults living with Diabetes worldwide has more than tripled over the last 20 years, making it one of the fastest growing health challenges of the century. In 2019 alone, 9.3% of adults in the world aged between 20 – 79 were recorded as having diabetes. Aging populations, increased urbanisation and associated lifestyle changes are key factors behind the increase*.

*Source - International Diabetes Federation, IDF Diabetes Atlas. 9th edition. 2019.

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INSIGHTS

  • A 51% increase in the number of adults living with diabetes worldwide has been projected within the next 20 years
  • By 2045, 700 million adults aged between 20 -79 could be living with diabetes
  • The growth rate is one of the sharpest in South-East Asia, peaking at 74%
  • The region could see 153 million adult diabetics by 2045

DIABETES IN ASIA

Diabetes is traditionally classified into two main types: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune where the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. 90% of diabetics suffer from Type 2 diabetes, where cells in the body become unable to properly process and convert blood glucose to energy, a condition known as insulin resistance.

The number of  diabetics in Asia is projected to rise by 74% within the next two decades. Other than China and India, the number has peaked sharply in SE Asia, where 153 million adults could be living with the disease by 2045.

DIABETES IN ASIA

FUNCTIONAL DAIRY PROTEIN SOLUTIONS

A higher intake of dairy proteins has been shown to have a beneficial effect on blood glucose control in Type 2 diabetes patients. Research indicates that dairy proteins can stimulate the body’s ability to increase post-meal insulin response by lowering the rise in postprandial blood glucose, making them an integral part of a low-Glycaemic Index (GI) diet.

With growing interest in functional food and drink for diabetes management, we are leveraging on consumption trends to develop dairy proteins for food applications that:

  • Support blood glucose management and overall health
  • Are convenient and easy to consume on-the-go
  • Resemble normal foods in form and taste
FUNCTIONAL DAIRY PROTEIN SOLUTIONS