KUCHING: Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia and one of the highest in the world, probably next to Saudi Arabia, says National Diabetes Institute (Nadi) executive chairman Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong.
He said there are about 2.5 million adults with diabetes in Malaysia, comprising those aged 18 and above.
“According to Nadi records, almost half of Malaysians do not know that they have diabetes.
“Most of the time those with Type 2 diabetes do not have any symptoms at all until they develop a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, become blind and have to have a body part amputated,” he said.
That is why diabetes is considered a silent killer, he added.
To help address these problems, Nadi has been conducting workshops, seminars and conferences since its inception in 2002, to create awareness amongst the public and patients and to update knowledge for health professionals caring for people with diabetes.
Dr Mustaffa was speaking at the 10th Diabetes Complications Conference and Grand Rounds held here.
“At the conference, various topics on medical aspects and new treatments for people with diabetes will be presented,“ he added.
A total of 11 diabetologists from the United States, Britain, Australia, Europe and Asia will present at the two-day conference attended by 200 participants. — Bernama
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