The Prevalence of Diabetes Among Malaysians

Alternative Medicine Diabetes Public Health

DG Noor Hisham

“The number of diabetic patients has been increasing over the last several years.” [1]
- Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health DG

Diabetes is a major public health concern in Malaysia, and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) has escalated to 20.8% in adults above the age of 30, affecting 2.8 million individuals. (This is not sweet at all.) [2]

The Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH) revealed that the prevalence rate of diabetes in adults has increased in Malaysia from 13.4% in 2015 to 18.3% in 2019.

This means that there are an estimated 3.9 million adults in Malaysia aged 18 and above living with diabetes as of 2019, higher than 3.5 million in 2015.

A large crowd of Malaysians crossing a zebra lane
Diabetes is a major public health concern in Malaysia, and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) has escalated to 20.8% in adults above the age of 30, affecting 2.8 million individuals.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.

Your body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.

With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. [3]

Colourful sweets such as candy canes, lollipops, jellybeans, and marshmallows spread out over a pink, flat surface
With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as well as it should. As a result, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream.

What Can You Do About Diabetes?

There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but losing weight, eating healthy food, being active, and taking the right medication and supplement prescriptions can really help.

HIMALAYA Diagard, herbal supplement to combat diabetes, available at SM Health Care Sdn Bhd. Product placed against white background.

HIMALAYA Diagard

  • It is a herbal supplement.
  • Improves peripheral utilisation of glucose
  • Improves insulin secretion
  • Reduces fasting plasma glucose and postprandial plasma glucose levels
  • Prevents prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes
  • Rejuvenates and protects pancreas from further damage
  • Prevents long term complications of diabetes

Who Should Take HIMALAYA Diagard?

  • People with pre or diabetic problems
  • Non-pregnant individuals who want to improve their health

HIMALAYA Diagard available at SM Health Care Sdn Bhd. Click here for more info.


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