1 IN 12 ADULTS HAVE DIABETES IN SINGAPORE.

testing for diabetes via blood screening.

Channel News Asia reports that 1 in 12 adults in Singapore between the ages of 18 and 69 years old has diabetes:

And the disease is the seventh leading cause of death in Singapore, said Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister of State (Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs) on World Diabetes Day on Sunday.

He said diabetes here has steadily increased by more than fourfold, from two per cent in 1975 to 8.2 per cent in 2004.

He said diabetes is a chronic disease, and if left unchecked, can lead to blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease and limb amputation.

To manage the disease, Singaporeans should go for early diagnosis and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Diabetes is ‘unfelt’, and one would need to go for general screening to be diagnosed, he said.

For every person known to have diabetes, another remains undiagnosed, he added.

Mr Masagos said in Singapore, diabetes is most common among Indians (15 per cent), followed by Malays (11 per cent), then Chinese (7 per cent).

Those who are overweight, or who have a family history of the disease should go for regular checks.

Pregnant women also face the possibility of developing gestational diabetes.

So, he said, it is better to consult doctors regularly for health screening and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Mr Masagos encouraged Singaporeans to use the recently-launched Integrated Screening Programme, which targets citizens aged 40 years old and above, to go for early diagnosis for diabetes, hypertension, breast and cervical cancer.

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