Diabetes cases in Malaysia is on the rise with 3.6 million Malaysians suffering form the disease. NSTP file pic.

KUALA LUMPUR: Diabetes cases are on the rise In the country with 3.6 million Malaysians out of a population of 32 million suffering from the non-communicable disease.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said about another 1.8 million Malaysians might be having diabetes but were unaware they have it because they never went for health screening.

With regular screening, diabetes can be detected at the early stage and optimum treatment given, he said in a statement in conjunction with World Diabetes Day 2017 yesterday.


Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam says some 1.8 million Malaysians may have diabetes but were unaware of the disease. File pic by MOHD AZREN JAMALUDIN.

“This will reduce risks attributed to diabetes and allow patients to lead normal lives,” he said.

He said with increased awareness by the public on diabetes, its risks and the importance of health screening, it was hoped it would change Malaysians’ behaviour on prevention and control of the NCD.

“This will lead to a reduced risk of premature death as a result of diabetes complications,” he said.

In a separate statement, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the 3.6 million figure, 1.78 million were women.

He also said the ministry ensured extra care for women diabetes patients especially pregnant women to minimise risks to them and their unborn children.


Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says of the 3.6 million figure, 1.78 million were women. Pic by SURIANIE MOHD HANIF

As for diabetic women who wanted to get pregnant, they were required to undergo pre-pregnancy counselling, he said-- BERNAMA

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