KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 14, 2017: Diabetes cases are on the rise in the country, with 3.6 million Malaysians from a population of 32 million suffering from the non-communicable disease.
Another 1.8 million may be having it but unaware they have it because they have never gone for health screening.
But with regular screening, diabetes can be detected at an early stage and optimum treatment given, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam in a statement today in conjunction with World Diabetes Day.
He said that with increased awareness by the public on diabetes, its risks and the importance of health screening, it was hoped this would change Malaysians’ behaviour on prevention and control of the disease.
The ministry ensures extra care for women diabetes patients, especially pregnant women, to minimise risks to them and their unborn children.
Diabetic women who want to get pregnant are required to undergo pre-pregnancy counselling. — Bernama