KUALA 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 at the launch of Kombiglyze Xr, a new medication to treat T2DM.
Prof Wan Mohamad said the pill had been widely used to treat T2DM in the United States where the patient would be prescribed to take a 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 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