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8 Diabetes Facts That You Should Know!

In the recent National day rally 2017, one of the key issues raised by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was on Singapore’s war against diabetes. 

“It is precisely because you are not worried that I am worried. It is precisely because many people do not take diabetes seriously that it has become a serious problem,” PM Lee said in his speech at the rally.”

Diabetes is something that should not be overlooked anymore! Here are 8 facts about diabetes that you might not have known:

  1. 1 in 9 Singaporeans aged 18-69 have Diabetes
  2. 1 in 3 of these people do not even know they have Diabetes
  3. Out of all the patients suffering from Diabetes, only 5% suffer from type I Diabetes
  4. Type II Diabetes can be prevented by weight loss, eating healthy, and frequent 30 minutes exercise daily like brisk walking.
  5. Based on figures from the National Registry of Diseases, in 2014, about 1 in 2 heart attack cases had diabetes; 2 in 3 new kidney failure cases were due to diabetes, and 2 in 5 stroke cases had diabetes.
  6. Type 2 diabetes can remain undiagnosed for many years and the high blood glucose levels would have caused diabetes complications. People with Type 2 diabetes are often diagnosed as a result of having complications rather than because they suspect they have diabetes.
  7. Diabetes is the number 10th leading cause of death in Singapore accounting for 1.7 per cent of total deaths in 2011.
  8. There is no cure for diabetes, only disease management

Want to know more? We recommend reading Diabetes 101 and Comparing the causes and symptoms of Type I and type II Diabetes.

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