2.5m Adults Have Diabetes In Malaysia, Highest In Asia
About 2.5 million adults, aged 18 and above, have diabetes in Malaysia, said the National Diabetes Institute (Nadi) executive chairman, Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong.
It is the highest rate of diabetes in Asia, and one of the highest in the world, probably next to Saudi Arabia, he added.
“According to Nadi records, statistics suggest that almost half of Malaysians do not know that they have diabetes.
“Most of the time, Type 2 diabetes does not have any symptoms at all until you develop a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, go blind or have amputations,” he said.
Diabetes, Dr Mustaffa said, is one medical condition that is called a “silent killer”.
“With this conference…new treatments for people with diabetes will be presented to address the problem,” he said at the 10th Diabetes Complications Conference and Grand Rounds (DCOM 2018).