Health alert: one in 3 will develop diabetes

This is an alarming news which all Singaporeans need to be aware about.

The 11.3 per cent figure earns Singapore the dubious honour of having one of the highest incidences of this illness among developed countries.

Diabetes causes a host of health complications ranging from blindness to kidney failure, poor circulation leading to kidney failure, poor circulation leading to limb amputations, heart attacks and strokes.

One of the crucial factors which can lead to diabetes is poor sleep. Lack of sleep also reduces the release of appetite controlling chemicals in our body. This causes obesity and paves path for type2 diabetes. Sleeping less than six hours each weeknight makes you four-and-a-half times more likely to develop prediabetes, according to a study presented at a recent American Heart Association conference.

In 2009, 46.4% of people who had their first heart attacks here were diabetic, said the Health Promotion Board (HPB).

If there is proper and early treatment and screening, the possible complications and risk will be overall reduced.

Half of the people having diabetes continue to remain unaware of it.

Without proper education and knowledge, many will still be kept under the dark of the type of food and prevention they should be taking to ensure this chronic disease does not plague them in the next decade.

Are you one of those who are afraid of being at risk? It's never too late to take some action.

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