Malaysia has been making a lot of headlines recently, with a string of records and firsts. Well, now it can add another, but it’s not exactly one to be proud of. Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia, and one of the highest in the world.
According to National Diabetes Institute (NADI) executive chairman, Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong, about 2.5 million Malaysians aged 18 and above have the disease. What’s even more shocking, he added that almost half of that number aren’t aware that they have diabetes.
“Most of the time, (sufferers of) Type 2 diabetes (show) no symptoms at all until they develop a heart attack, kidney failure, go blind or (need to have a limb) amputated,” he said. Dr Mustaffa made the statement at the 10th Diabetes Complications Conference and Grand Rounds yesterday. The two-day conference was attended by participant from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Europe and Asia.