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A thorough analysis of diabetes research in China from 1995 to 2015: current scenario and future scope

  • Zekai Wu
  • Tianru Jin
  • Jianping WengEmail author


The prevalence of diabetes has increased dramatically over the past three decades, and currently, China has the largest number of diabetics worldwide; this number continues to grow and puts ongoing strains on the medical resources. In this review, we reviewed the diabetes research conducted in China from 1995 to 2015 with the aim of providing new insights regarding the current status and future perspectives for researchers, diabetes health providers, and respective policy-makers. Remarkable progress has been made in diabetes research in China during the past two decades in terms of both the quantity and publication influence. The progress, however, struggles to adequately manage diabetes in China. Here we addressed opportunities to strengthen researches, including new drug development, high quality studies on health economics, and healthcare quality improvement studies. As the expected wave of diabetic complications is upcoming and overwhelming, we therefore recommend that immediate improvements are required to implement the researches regarding their prevention and treatment.


diabetes publication number publication influence clinical research basic research traditional Chinese medicine 


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We thank Yang Zhang from School of Information Management, Sun Yat-Sen University; Xuyu Zhou from Sun Yat-Sen University Library; Daoyuan Wang from AME Publishing Company; Wenbin Yang and Ling Tong from Sanofi Aventis for their contribution in suggestion on methodology. This work was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFC1309600) and the National Health and Family Planning Commission Foundation for Public Welfare Industry Research Project (201502011).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of DiabetologyThe Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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