Don: More youngsters suffering from diabetes

Sunday December 23, 2012

 

UALA LUMPUR: Some 300,000 young people in the country are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), according to Universiti Sains Malaysia endocrinologist Prof Datuk Dr Wan Mohamad Bebakar.

 

He said the number was expected to increase as the number of T2DM patients worldwide was expected to almost double from the current 230 million to 440 million by 2030.

 

He said this meant the risks were higher for more young people to suffer from diabetes complications.

 

“The fact is 20.8% of the Malaysians are suffering from T2DM right now, 5% of whom are young people aged between 20 and 25.

 

“The percentage is clearly bigger than in the United States which only recorded 2% of young people suffering from T2DM,” he said .

 

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