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Potential for connected glucose monitors in China

Martin Guo

Editor-in-Chief, Kantar China Insights

Health 14.11.2016 / 09:30

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Patients with diabetes in urban China have much more interest in connected glucose monitors than in other countries.

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. The theme for this year is “Eyes on Diabetes”. Apparently from Kantar Health’s newly released data, Chinese patients are much more interested in keeping their eyes on diabetes (data) than patients in other countries.

In 2014, Kantar Health’s National Health and Wellness Survey* estimated that 11.2% of China's urban population, or equivalent to nearly 50 million people, were at risk for diabetes. Of all urban Chinese, only 3.7% had been diagnosed with diabetes by then. It was because that not enough patients have gone to hospital to seek medical diagnosis.

This year’s data has shown that patients with diabetes in urban China have higher awareness of and intentions to use web-connected glucose monitors than patients in other countries.

Web-connected glucose monitors allow patients to download their glucose readings wirelessly to their smartphones or other devices and to see patterns that may necessitate changing their treatment.

In urban China, 31% of patients with diabetes are familiar with web-connected glucose monitors, 16% intend to use web-connected glucose monitors and 12% are using these monitors, according to Kantar Health data.

It is worth noticing that Chinese patients are already a step ahead: 48% of them were interested in having glucose readings recorded via smartphone app for easy access. In Europe*, the data was 26% and only 23 in the United States.

A crucial factor in controlling and treating diabetes is stopping unhealthy lifestyle. Kantar Health data showed that 39% of diabetes patients are still smoking cigarettes and 76% drinking alcohol. Maybe the easy visibility of their glucose readings will be helpful in changing their life patterns as well.

Kantar Health's National Health and Wellness Survey is the largest global self-reported general population survey in the healthcare industry. It now has more than 1.5 million survey respondents in 10 countries.

 

Source: Kantar Health

Editor's notes

* The European countries included in this data set are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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