3.8 mln Malaysians have di­a­betes, 1.8 mln prob­a­bly not aware they have it

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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 ( NCD).

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.

“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.

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