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KUALA LUMPUR: Some 300,000 young people in the country are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), according to endocrinologist Prof Datuk Dr Wan Mohamad Wan Bebakar of Universiti Sains Malaysia.
He said the number was expected to increase while T2DM patients worldwide was also expected to increase from the current 230 million to 440 million by 2030.
He said the increase in the number also meant that the risks were higher for more young people to suffer from complications of diabetes.
“The fact is 20.8 per cent of the Malaysian people are suffering from T2DM right now, five per cent of whom are young people aged between 20 and 25 years.
“The percentage is clearly bigger than in the United States which only recorded two per cent of young people suffering from T2DM,” he said in a statement in conjunction with the launch of Kombiglyze Yze Xr, a new pill to treat T2DM.
Wan Mohamad said the pill had been widely used to treat T2DM in the United States where the patient would be prescribed to take one pill daily.
“The Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and can easily spread if not controlled. Within certain period of time, the patient will have to take various types of medicines to treat the disease and its complications,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sime Darby Healthcare endocrinology expert Prof Dr SP Chan said what made it worse was the fact that more than half of T2DM patients usually failed to keep their blood sugar levels under control.
“Although they are provided with information on diabetes and continuous supply of medicine, less than half of them can really control their blood sugar levels,” he said in the joint statement.
In the long run, he said the patients usually had to deal with other complications, such as heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure. – Bernama