Diabetes is no joke at all and the rate of the diabetic patient increases every year. In some cases, diabetes can lead to peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD causes your blood vessels to narrow and reduces blood flow to your legs and feet. It may also cause nerve damage, known as peripheral neuropathy which could prevent you from feeling pain, and when you can’t feel pain, you may not realize that you have a wound or ulcer on your feet. You may continue putting pressure on the affected area, which can cause it to grow and become infected, which will lead to amputation if not taken care of.
Malaysia will soon become the country with the highest rate of kidney failure patients from diabetes by 2030 is the nation’s unhealthy lifestyle continues. A majority of Malaysians don’t take care of what they put in their mouth.
Diabetes is the main cause of kidney failure in the country and there are currently 3.5 million diabetic patients in Malaysia. 25% of patients are seeking treatment at government facilities while the rest are going to private hospitals, clinics, and NGOs. Diabetes and kidney failure not only affect human, it affects our furry friends too, so be careful what you feel your cat or dog and yourself too.
There are about 40,000 kidney failure cases in the country, which is a big burden to the Government. If people continue with their current lifestyle, not minding what they eat, they risk running into many health complications as diabetic patients and are likely to end up with kidney failure.
The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 by the Health Ministry shows that 30% of adults were overweight while 18% were reported to be obese. Malaysia is the country with the highest obesity rate in Asean followed by Thailand and Singapore.
It was shared that Malaysian Government spent RM2.2 billion to provide medicines to diabetic patients in hospitals last year. There were various campaigns are being conducted to urge Malaysians to change their lifestyle and diet.
We should start now to prevent more diabetic cases with simple exercises that can be done at home or at a park, not necessarily the gym and healthy diet daily. But to start eating healthy we need to Government’s help too, in terms of lowering the cost of healthy food will help a lot.
The main reason why many Malaysians are not choosing the healthy option is because the organic or fresh foods are more expensive. Not many people can afford for expensive food and the quantity can only feed one or two mouths. So if there is any way our Government can help us out, we would deeply appreciate it.