Diabetes continues to be the third leading cause of death in the country since 2012. In 2017 alone, death due to diabetes was recorded at 10.1 per cent. According to the 2011 National Health and Nutritional Status Survey, 12.4 per cent of the country's citizens have diabetes. Meanwhile, the Cross-sectional STEP-wise Approach to Surveillance, Population Survey of Non-communicable Diseases and Risk Factors Survey founded that 9.7 per cent of the citizens have high blood sugar. This was among the matters shared by the Minister of Health in conjunction with the World Diabetes Day that is celebrated on every 14th of November.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar alsu stressed that diabetes can cause long-term effects that leads to other non-communicable diseases such as kidney failure and coronary heart disease. Diabetes is the main cause of kidney disease that requires dialysis, and it is estimated that around 800 patients in the country undergoes renal replacement therapy.
Yang Berhormat explained that the Ministry of Health provides comprehensive services for treating and managing diabetes at health centres and hospitals. This includes the Diabetes Nurse Educator services that will not only be able to educate and guide patients, but also act as a source of encouragement for family members and carers. This year, the celebration carries the theme 'Diabetes: Protect Your Family', reminding that diabetes does not only affect the patient, it also affects the family. The theme underlined 3 key messages. 'Discover Diabetes' is where early detection of diabetes requires the involvement of family members to identify the early signs and symptoms of such disease. 'Prevent Type 2 Diabetes' is where the disease can be avoided by practising healthy lifestyle, whereas 'Manage Diabetes' highlights the important role of each family member in caring for patients with diabetes.
Source: Radio Television Brunei