14 November is World Diabetes Day. Since it was launched by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1991 it has become the primary awareness campaign of the global diabetes community. Every year on this date the Ministry of Health launches a campaign to create awareness on the effect of diabetes. In spite of this, the prevalence of diabetes mellitus in Malaysia, especially that of Type 2, has increased to epidemic proportions.
According to the Second National Health and Morbidity survey it is estimated that 3.4 million Malaysians are diabetes sufferers in 2010.
Rats have become a serious problem since they are reservoirs of leptospirosis and other vector borne diseases. The number of mortality and infections is increasing rapidly as more humans are exposed to rat urine and droppings.
The Ministry of Health reported 62 deaths and 1,418 cases of infection due to leptospirosis. Another common rat related disease in Malaysia could be salmonellosis but there is lack of data on this.
The Consumers Association of Penang calls upon Malaysians to abstain from consuming 3-in-1 beverages. These drinks and cereal preparations are cheap and convenient but are laden with excessive sugar which brings with it many hidden dangers to our health.
Millions of Malaysians today could unknowingly be having a silent condition that increases the chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, and even cancer, later. It’s a condition you cannot be sure about unless your doctor tells you. But your doctor may not even warn you about it, simply because he or she may think it’s not important — or worse, does not know how to look out for it!