Have mo­bile clin­ics for di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tion

New Straits Times - - LETTERS - THOMAS FOO Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur

study in­di­cates that there are three mil­lion di­a­bet­ics in Malaysia and 16 per cent of the na­tional bud­get for health­care goes to treat di­a­betes and re­lated com­pli­ca­tions, like kid­ney fail­ures, limb am­pu­ta­tions and blind­ness due to nerve dam­age.

Di­a­betes has no out­ward symp­toms and will silently dam­age the nerves, which leads to or­gan fail­ure.

Only a blood test will es­tab­lish whether peo­ple are di­a­betic or pre-di­a­betic.

When peo­ple are found to be di­a­betic, med­i­ca­tion and coun­selling on diet and a healthy life­style pre­vent se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions.

When peo­ple are found to be pre-di­a­betic, coun­selling on diet and a healthy life­style can pre­vent the on­set of the dis­ease.

Sin­ga­pore has taken mea­sures like hav­ing mo­bile clin­ics to screen peo­ple for di­a­betes and les­sons on di­a­betes pre­ven­tion for school­child­ren.

Sim­i­larly, we hope that the Health Min­istry will have mo­bile clin­ics to screen and ed­u­cate peo­ple on di­a­betes.

Those in ru­ral ar­eas and the poor have poor knowl­edge of di­a­betes and its com­pli­ca­tions.

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Only a blood test will es­tab­lish whether peo­ple are di­a­betic or pre­di­a­betic.

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