KUCHING: Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia and one of the highest in the world, probably next to Saudi Arabia, said the National Diabetes Institute (Nadi) executive chairman Dr Mustaffa Embong.
He said there are about 2.5 million adults with diabetes in Malaysia, aged 18 and above.
“According to Nadi records, statistics suggest that 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, going blind and amputations,” he said.
He was speaking to Bernama when met at the 10th Diabetes Complications Conference and Grand Rounds (DCOM 2018) held here today.
Mustaffa said due to the lack of symptoms, diabetes was called a silent killer.
“Thus, with this conference, various topics on medical aspects and new treatments for people with diabetes will be presented to address the problem,” he added.
A total of 11 diabetologists from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Europe and Asia will present topics at the conference and about 200 participants, comprising medical practitioners, are attending the two-day conference.