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Knowing the threats of diabetes

December 11, 2011

DIABETES kills one person every seven seconds and according to the Interna-tional Diabetes Federation (IDF), the number of people inflicted by this disease globally is staggering. Currently, 366 million people have diabetes and sadly the numbers are likely to double by 2030. Studies conducted by IDF prove that diabetes is the main health threat of the century, living up to its infamous nickname, mother of all diseases.

Among the significant changes a diabetic goes through are feeling constantly thirsty, frequent urination especially at night, fatigue, itchy skin, wounds that take a long time to heal and blurred vision. In severe cases, diabetics may experience symptoms such as numbness or tingling feeling in hands, legs and feet. The pain will occur gradually over time as consistent high glucose in the blood damages the nervous system.

Elaborating further on these symptoms, gastroenterologist from Sime Darby Specialist Centre Megah, Dr Loong Yik Yee said, “Nearly 50% of diabetics will experience one or more of the above symptoms. However, since Type 2 diabetes is a gradual onset, some are not even aware that they have it.”

On display: Visitors looking at the health products at a booth.

“If the situation is left unchecked, it will cause serious harm to the patient. As such, it is very important for those who are at risk to get regular blood glucose screening.”

Dr Loong said this when presenting a talk on “So What If You Are Too Sweet?” during the recent Sime Darby Healthcare Group’s public forums that were held in conjunction with World Diabetes Day 2011.

Various other topics such as “The Art of a Sweet Life” by dietician Bee See Wei, “Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol — The Deadly Triad” by consultant endocrinologist, Dr Chan Siew Pheng and “Foot Diabetes Alert” by vascular surgeon, Dr Liew Chin Ngoh were also presented during the two-day public health forums.

The campaign also saw more than 100 members of the public getting various free blood glucose, BMI and cholesterol checks at Sime Darby Specialist Centre Megah and Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya. There was also consultation on diet and nutrition..

The public also received a recipe book for diabetics titled Simply Delicious which was launched on the same day.

Prepared by dieticians and experts from Nestle Healthcare, the book contains 10 healthy food and drinks recipes.

For more information on the latest health activities by Sime Darby Healthcare Group, visit www.simedarbyhealthcare.com

Article source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/12/9/central/10046439&sec=central


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