Diabetes threat bigger than H1NI

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Sunday November 15, 2009
Diabetes threat bigger than H1N1

Health Minister: National Strategic Plan to combat NCD

PETALING JAYA: The country is heading towards becoming a sick nation as far as diabetes is concerned, a health expert has cautioned.

The (diabetes) situation is getting worse. It could get worse than H1N1 or AIDS if the people dont do something about their health, Malaysian Diabetes Association president Prof Dr Ikram Shah Ismail said.

He said a National Health and Morbidity Survey in 2006 showed a prevalence rate of 14.9% for those aged above 30, with a third of Malaysians with diabetes not being aware of it.

The survey also estimated that about 70% of diabetics in the country had poor control over the disease.

About 95% to 98% of those affected have Type 2 diabetes, which is non-insulin dependent.

Dr Ikram said neglecting medication or continuing to indulge in sweet food like ice cream contributed to poor control of diabetes.

And there are those who do not see the doctor regularly, so they dont know what their control is like. The problem with diabetes is that those with a HbA1c reading of more than 10 do not show symptoms. They feel normal even if their blood glucose is high, he added.

The ideal target for good control of diabetes is having a HbA1c (a blood test that provides the average of blood sugar control over a three-month period) reading of 6.5% or lower.

He said Malaysians were also getting diabetes at an earlier age.

They are not healthy because they are not eating healthy food or exercising. Previously, although they had the genes, they did not get diabetes until they were much older, he added.

Consultant endocrinologist Prof Datuk Dr Khalid Abdul Kadir, who is a professor of medicine at Monash University Malaysia, said the countrys increased prevalence rate was similar to that in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

He added the effects of the Governments intervention programmes to promote a healthy lifestyle had not been evident.

Dr Khalid and a team of researchers are studying whether stress increases the risk of humans developing diabetes.

Tests conducted on rats by the team determined stress as a risk factor.

In Putrajaya, Dharminder Singh reported that Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the National Strategic Plan would be launched early next year to combat the rising number of cases of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular problems.

The plan was formulated after the National Health and Morbidity Survey reported the percentage of obese Malaysians aged 18 and above had risen from 4.4% in 1996 to 14% just 10 years later while cases of diabetes among those aged 30 and above rose from 8.3% to over 14% during the same period.

He added that obesity was a worrying trend because it increased health risks.

Liow spoke to reporters after launching the 1Malaysia Brings Diabetes To Light Campaign yesterday.

Today Star…

Sunday November 15, 2009
Sugar more harmful than drugs, says CAP

GEORGE TOWN: Sugar causes more harm than any drug but it is still considered a necessity, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) said.

Its president S.M. Mohamed Idris said that around 15% of Malaysians over 30 years suffered from diabetes yet sugar was ranked among staple food such as rice and cooking oil and was a price-controlled item.

A sugar shortage is considered a national crisis, he told a press conference yesterday.

He said sugar, which was devoid of nutrients and acted more like a drug, was linked to over 60 ailments such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart problems, osteoporosis, kidney problems, asthma and allergies.

Not good for you: Mohamed Idris showing some products that contain high amount of sugar at a press conference in Penang Saturday.

Our national drink the teh tarik contains about six teaspoons of sugar in less than 350ml. The human body doesnt need extra sugar. The food we consume like rice, vegetables and fruits already contain natural sources of sugar, he stressed.

In Muar, State Women, Family, Health and Community Development Committee chairman Dr Robia Kosai warned that overfeeding children could led to obesity.

I know many parents like to see their children plump and fat as they do not want the grandparents to say they did not feed the children well.

However, overfeeding and too much of canned or bottled drinks can cause diabetes, she said when opening the states World Diabetes Day event organised by the Johor Health Department yesterday.

Dr Robia, who was accompanied by department director Dr Mohd Khairi Yakub, said many diabetic patients had to undergo amputation and some went blind.

Later, she presented six wheelchairs from the Muar Diabetes Association to six diabetic patients from several villages in the district.

Dr Mohd Khairi said there were 200 million diabetics worldwide and the number could hit 450 million in 2030.

Noting that there were 106,000 registered diabetics in the state, he said it was vital for people to control their diet, lead a healthy life and to watch out for early symptoms such as always feeling thirsty, needing to urinate frequently, easily fatigued, loss of body weight despite regular eating, wounds that do not heal and itchiness around the genitals.

I know the food in Johor is delicious but we must control our eating habit and cut down on sweet food, he said.

everything want sweet, want rich

dont want exercise, want eat more…i also same la but i trying to cut down too

diabetes is a major ‘disease’ all over the world. fast food boomz not helps also