Malaysians are suffering from severe obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Therefore, the authorities strongly urge people to raise their health awareness and change their living habits.
According to the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, one out of every two local people is obese, one out of every five adults suffers from diabetes, and the national obesity and heart disease rates are among the highest in the world.
Health Minister Kelly said in an interview with state-run television yesterday that according to the statistics of last year, heart disease was the top five causes of death in Malaysia. He admits that Malaysia is an "unhealthy country".
He said: "One out of every two people in Malaysia is obese, including me. One in four people didn't exercise. Official data show that at least 500,000 adults in China suffer from depression, but I believe the actual number is higher. Therefore, if you ask me as a minister, is Malaysia a healthy country? No. "
Kelly said that people must change their living and eating habits spontaneously and automatically, instead of relying solely on the Ministry of Health or the government.
Health director Nuoxishan also revealed yesterday that the number of diabetic patients in Malaysia is increasing, and there are nearly 3.9 million people at present. He said that the number of adults suffering from diabetes in Malaysia has been increasing in the past 10 years, from 11.2% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2015, 18.3% in 2019, and now it is about 20%.
Nuoxishan said in the form of "Discussion on Diabetes Care in the Centennial of the Discovery of Insulin" that diabetes is one of several non-infectious diseases that have the greatest impact on Malaysian people, but about 50% of patients don't know that they have diabetes. "When you have diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, this is the' perfect combination' for heart disease."
He said that the increasing number of diabetic patients is related to people's eating habits. This is because people in Malaysia bring three teaspoons of sugar in their own drinks every day, six teaspoons of sugar in carbonated and non-carbonated drinks every day, and three teaspoons of sugar in mixed drinks every day. He said that the new budget announced measures to expand the tax on sugary beverage products in the hope of helping people control sugar intake more effectively.