Western diet contributing to Crohn’s disease surge in Japan
Western influence on Japan’s national diet has played a significant role in swelling in the prevalence of Crohn’s disease across Japan, and the trend will continue over the next decade, predicts the research and consulting firm GlobalData.
According to the company’s new report, the number of prevalent cases will climb from 70,002 in 2012 to 88,735 by the end of 2022, representing an increase of just under 27%.
Of the 10 countries studied in GlobalData’s latest publication (the U.S., Canada, India, China, Japan and the five major European markets), Japan is expected to demonstrate the highest growth in prevalent cases of Crohn’s disease over the next decade. India is forecast to follow, with an increase of 16%, while the number of prevalent cases across Germany and Italy is expected to drop over the next 10 years (due primarily to small population decreases).
The report explains that the increased intake of fats and sugar by the Japanese population is a key contributor to the rising level of Crohn’s disease witnessed in Japan in recent years, as a poor diet enhances the risk of developing the condition.
GlobalData estimates that the number of prevalent cases across the 10 markets covered in the report will increase by 11% over the next decade, from 1.3 million in 2012 to 1.5 million by 2022.