Diabetes And Hypertension Linked To Significantly Higher Risk Of Death From Covid

37.3% of covid-19 fatalities had a previous medical background of diabetes.

Diabetes And Hypertension Linked To Significantly Higher Risk Of Death From Covid

According to the Health Ministry, the number of individuals who died with Covid-19 in Malaysia had diabetes or hypertension.

As of Oct 28, 37.3 percent of Covid-19 fatalities had a diabetes medical history of diabetes.

It was a slight reduction from 2020, when diabetics were responsible for 38.8 percent of fatalities, according to Dr Feisul Idzwan Mustapha, deputy head of the ministry’s disease control division (non-communicable diseases department).

“Globally, we know that people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are at higher risk of more serious infections and Covid-19 deaths.

“This is especially more so for people living with diabetes, particularly if their condition is poorly controlled,” he said in an interview with Sunday Star.

Dr Feisul said that when a diabetic patient was infected with Covid-19, there could be more serious consequences, including inflammation.

Diabetes affects almost one in every five adults in the country or over 3.9 million people.

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general of health, has expressed concern that almost half of them were unaware they had the condition.

Diabetes Malaysia vice-president Jong Koi Chong has advised the public to seek regular screenings and to be aware of the health implications of diabetes.

“The prevalence of diabetes among younger individuals aged between 18 and 40 has doubled over the past 15 years.

“The rising number of diabetics means a heavier burden of the disease and its complications: heart disease, stroke, blindness, chronic kidney disease, and lower limb amputation, among others,” he said.

source - financial times

Dr Koh Kar Chai, president of the Malaysian Medical Association, said that the prevalence of diabetes has increased in younger age groups, owing mostly to childhood obesity.

“Being a nation notorious for having a significantly high level of obesity, Malaysians should be screened more often, such as during annual health check-ups.”

“In general, adults are usually screened but we should adopt the practice of screening young obese children too,” he added.

Hypertension is one of the most prevalent NCDs in Malaysia, impacting three out of every ten adults.

According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2019, this equates to around 6.4 million individuals.

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