KUCHING: Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia and one of the highest in the world, probably next to Saudi Arabia said the National Diabetes Institute (NADI) executive chairman, Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong.
He said there are about 2.5 million adults with diabetes in Malaysia, those aged 18 and above.
"According to NADI records, statistic suggests that almost half of Malaysians do not know that they have diabetes.
"Most of the time Type 2 diabetes do not have any symptom at all until you develop a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, going blind and amputations," he said.
He was speaking to Bernama when met at the 10th Diabetes Complications Conference and Grand Rounds (DCOM 2018) held here today.
Hence Mustaffa said diabetes is one medical condition that is called a silent killer.
"Thus with this conference, various topics on medical aspects and new treatments for people with diabetes will be presented to address the problem," he added.