Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs as a result of high blood glucose levels. Over time, it can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Adults with diabetes have a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attack and stroke (1).
In Singapore, 1 in 9 adults have Diabetes and 1 in 3 have prediabetes. 90% of them don’t know they have it (2).
1. The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration. Diabetes mellitus, fasting blood glucose concentration, and risk of vascular disease: a collaborative meta-analysis of 102 prospective studies. Lancet. 2010;375(9733):2215-2222.
2. Ministry of Health of Singapore