Smoking, obesity, main contributors to hypertension, diabetes

28 Apr 2019 / 13:40 H.

MUAR: Smoking and obesity are among the major contributors to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and hypertension in the country, which are currently at an alarming level.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said based on statistics carried out by the Ministry of Health (MOH) every five years, the proportion of adults with diabetes increased from 8.3% to 17.5% in 2015, while for hypertension, it remained at around 30% for the same period.

He said the study also showed that the proportion of obese adults increased four fold from 4.4% in 1996 to 17.7% by 2015. The percentage of adults who smoked remained at 22%.

“Among the efforts undertaken by MOH to overcome the problem is the ‘Kampungku Sihat’ (Healthy Villages) programme which incorporates community-empowering programmes that mobilise an entire community in preventing diseases such as hypertension and diabetes,” he said.

The state-level programme was launched by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal at the Pagoh Sports Complex, here today.

Dr Lee said based on interventions made through the programme within a week of its first launch in Langkawi earlier this year, over 63% of those at risk of getting NCDs were referred to facilities under MOH.

He said the implementation of such programmes was necessary in raising public awareness on the prevention of diseases and encouraging them to undergo early detection thereby enlightening the importance and need for the community to lead a healthy lifestyle. — Bernama

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