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Most people, especially people with diabetes, may be aware that their condition can lead to common complications such as blindness, amputation, and kidney disease. But many of them do not know that diabetes can also cause heart disease.

Quick Facts

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Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia – at 17.5% with over 3.5 million Malaysians living with the condition.2

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People with diabetes are 4x more likely to develop Heart Disease.4

kidney disease

Heart disease is the 50.3% of deaths among people with diabetes.1

main contribution

Diseases such as diabetes, obesity & hypertension, are the main factors that increase heart diseases.5

Take the quiz

Question 1 of 4

What is the leading cause of death among people with diabetes?


Commonly, diabetes will cause other chronic health diseases like blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and amputations. However, heart disease is the leading cause of death among diabetic patients.1

Question 2 of 4

More than 60% people with diabetes live in Asia. Which of the countries below do you think has the highest rate of diabetes?


Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia and one of the highest in the world where almost 3.5 million adults, making up almost 17.5% of the population, live with diabetes.2 According to National Diabetes Institute (NADI) records, almost half of people living with diabetes do not know they have diabetes at all until they have developed a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.

Question 3 of 4

How can a person develop heart disease from diabetes?


Over time, high blood glucose can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart and blood vessels.3 The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk of developing heart disease.3

Question 4 of 4

What can you or your loved ones do to manage your risk of heart disease?


While these are good guidelines to start with, every person has different needs. Speak to your doctor about your risk of developing heart disease and what can be done to prevent it.

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About The Campaign

For Your Sweetheart Campaign is a nationwide public awareness and education campaign organised by Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS) and Malaysian Diabetes Educators Society (MDES), supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, to educate the public, especially those living with diabetes, about the link between diabetes and heart diseases.

This campaign also aims to highlight the urgent need for those living with diabetes to take care of their heart health. Patients and their caregivers must know their increased risks of developing heart disease. They are encouraged to speak to their doctors or diabetes educator (DE) to learn how they can protect their heart and prevent heart disease.


1 Einarson, T. R., Acs, A., Ludwig, C., & Panton, U. H. (2018). Prevalence of cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes: a systematic literature review of scientific evidence from across the world in 2007–2017. Cardiovascular, 17(1), 1–1. doi: 10.1186/s12933-018-0728-6

2 Ministry of Health Malaysia. National Health & Morbidity Survey 2015: Non-Communicable Diseases, Risk Factors & Other Health Problems Volume II. Last accessed 16 July 2019.

3 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke. Available on https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/heart-disease-stroke. Last accessed 14 August 2019.

4 Card Fail Rev. 2017 Apr; 3(1): 52–55)

5 Mayo Clinic. Heart Disease. Available on https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353118. Last accessed 14 August 2019.