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If you need any support or advice about diabetes, feel free to contact these community groups and organisations:
The Malaysian Diabetes Educators Society (MDES) is one of the leading Malaysian organizations for healthcare professionals providing diabetes education and management.
MDES aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by diabetes, as well as those who are at risk, by enhancing self-management skills through education and public awareness.
National Diabetes Institute (NADI) is established to provide a dedicated and comprehensive service for diabetic patients to prevent and control diabetes and its complications.
01 I have diabetes. Do I need to get my heart checked?
02 Do you think I am at risk for heart attack or stroke?
03 What can I do to protect my heart?
04 I have diabetes for years, is it too late to take care of my heart now?
05 I am diabetic, how can I prevent heart problems or stroke?
06 I have diabetes, do you think I need to see a heart specialist?
07 Are heart problems caused by diabetes preventable?
There are several NGOs that offer support and education on diabetes and heart management. You may visit their website to find out more.
If you have diabetes, it means you will need to be more mindful about blood glucose levels through healthy eating and an active lifestyle 4.
Depending on your condition and the lifestyle that you had before, the changes could be minimal or drastic. Ask your doctor and diabetes educator about how you can manage your condition better.
If it is high in sugar, carbohydrates, or saturated fat, then it is advisable to avoid them as they can spike up your blood glucose level.4 But it is understandable that sometimes you just want a small treat. So ask your doctor and diabetes educator about it.
Yes, you have a higher chance of developing diabetes at a younger age 5. It is very important to lead a healthy and active lifestyle in order to maintain your health. You should also attend regular checkups – at least once a year. Speak to your doctor to find out what you can do to prevent it.
1 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.
2 Card Fail Rev. 2017 Apr; 3(1): (52–55)
3 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 Diabetology, 17(1), 1-1. doi: 10.1186/s12933-018-0728-6
4 Mayo Clinic. Type 2 Diabetes, Diagnosis and Treatment. Available on: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351199 . Last accessed 17 July 2019
5 Mayo Clinic. Type 2 Diabetes, Symptoms and Causes. Available on: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20351193 . Last accessed 16 July 2019