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Diabetes Mellitus

11 Jun 2017

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body is unable to use blood sugar (glucose) properly. Uncontrolled diabetes causes many life threatening complications including heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, kidney disease and eye problems among others. Over the period of 10 years, the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Malaysia has increased from 11.6% to 17.5% among its citizen aged 18 years old and above. More than half of these individuals are unaware that they have diabetes mellitus. RTM2’s Vasantham programme discussed about this non-communicable disease and its complication with treatment modalities and measures. Kanimolli Arasu, IMU’s lecturer in Division of Nutrition and Dietetics shared her views on the dietary aspects on: – Obesity management as prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) – Appropriate portion control of major food groups – Practical aspects on achieving targeted food portion control – Tips on adopting healthy eating lifestyle for the whole family – Common dietary mistakes and food beliefs among individuals with DM – Importance of adopting healthy eating at young age (diet in the family, in the school) *Note the programme is in Tamil. Translation is not provided.

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