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1/5 Malaysian adult (>30 years) is suffering diabetes...Boleh record again!

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> Malaysia already achieve world class status in diabetes statistics.

> Malaysia is top in sugar consumption per capita in Asia.

3 of 5 siblings of my mother are suffering diabetes. That is too scary because I inherit 50% genetics from my mum.

Dying early from chronic diseases

GLOBAL PANDEMIC: Deaths from non-communicable diseases set to rise by 17pc over next 10 years

KOTA KINABALU: NON-COMMUNICABLE diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of hospital admissions and mortality in Malaysia, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

NCDs includes diabetes, asthma, hypertension, cancer, obesity and osteoporosis.

Describing NCDs as the highest cause of premature deaths in the country, Dr Subramaniam said there were 700,000 diabetes patients receiving treatment at government hospitals and health clinics.

“NCD is a global pandemic. Based on the World Health Organisation’s 2005 report, NCD contributed to 75 per cent of global diseases, where 60 per cent involved death.

“Deaths caused by NCDs are expected to increase by 17 per cent over the next 10 years. Statistics show that one in five Malaysians aged above 30 is suffering from diabetes.”

His speech was delivered by deputy director-general of health (Research and Technical Support) Datuk Dr Maimunah Abd Hamid at the launching of the National Conference of Advisory Panel Clinics here, yesterday.

In Malaysia, obesity is the current health problem, with 8.5 million Malaysians suffering from weight problems.

According to statistics, Dr Subramaniam said one in three people was suffering from obesity. This was because of the eating habits and the lack of exercise among Malaysians.

“This is alarming. The figure is expected to rise if no effort is made to curb the problem and no awareness among the people.”

He said the government was committed to boosting the quality of healthcare.

There are 3,000 health facilities throughout the country. These includes 919 health clinics, 106 mother and child clinics, 236 1Malaysia clinics and 1,831 rural clinics.

Dr Subramaniam also stressed on community involvement to help improve health status, adding that the establishment of Health Clinic Advisory Panels would raise community awareness.

“With 10,606 members in 778 health clinics, I believe they (advisory panel members) can help convey health messages to the people with the guidance of clinic personnel.”

During the event, Dr Maimunah also launched two Flip Chart on diabetes and hypertension care.

Read more: Dying early from chronic diseases – General – New Straits Times

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