Does sugar really kill you? Dispelling myths about diabetes

Many Malaysians are still oblivious as to how diabetes is diagnosed.

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which the pancreas no longer produces enough insulin, or the cells stop responding to the insulin that is produced, resulting in glucose in the blood that cannot be absorbed into the cells of the body.

This causes excessive urine production, excessive amounts of sugar in the blood and urine, thirst, hunger and weight loss, among others.

Left untreated or poorly controlled, diabetes can lead to further health complications, even death.

Diabetic patients have two to three times higher risk of stroke and chronic kidney disease, 10 times higher risk of foot ulcers – every 30 seconds a lower limb or part of a lower limb is being amputated, and one in 14 patients are at risk of becoming blind due to damage to the eyes (diabetic macular oedema).


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