Monday, January 11, 2010

Alarming rise in number of diabetics in Malaysia

The number of diabetics in the country has increased by almost 80 percent in the last 10 years from 1996-2006 to 1.4 million adults above the age of 30.

Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said what was alarming was that almost 36 percent of them were undiagnosed, resulting in complications later that required more intensive medical care, putting great strain on the existing overstretched health services. He said lifestyle-related changes were the main factors influencing the increase of diabetes in the country. He said lifestyle modifications like weight loss, changes in diet and increased physical activity would greatly help in controlling the disease.

Change of lifestyle is definitely the main factor to minimise the risk of one selves from developing/having such disease. Thats remind me to cut down my ongoing 'teh tarik' and 'kopi'. Well one more item included in my 2010 to do list. Besides health reason, the recent increase of sugar prices is also a deterrent. 'Tak Nak' sugar!

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