About 8.1 per cent of the adult population in Malaysia, that’s 1.7 million people, have risk factors for Diabetes, Hypertension, and High cholesterol, the main non-communicable diseases.
According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019 by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the prevalence rate of Diabetes in adults has increased in Malaysia from 13.4 per cent in 2015 to 18.3 per cent in 2019, with diabetes defined as having sugar levels 7.0 mmol/L or above.
An MOH official who presented the findings said NHMS 2019 had used a different blood sugar level to define diabetes compared to the NHMS 2015, which found 17.5 per cent diabetes prevalence in adults, to follow international standards.
An estimated 3.9 million adults in Malaysia aged 18 and above had diabetes as of last year, higher than 3.5 million in 2015. The NHMS 2019 survey found that 49 per cent of people with diabetes had never been examined or diagnosed with the chronic disease.
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