10.1 per cent of deaths in 2017 caused by diabetes

Hakim Hayat

Latest statistics from the Ministry of Health (MoH) indicated that diabetes continues to become the third highest cause of death in Brunei since 2012, and 10.1 per cent of deaths in 2017 was caused by the disease.

This was disclosed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar in his message to commemorate World Diabetes Day.

The National Health and Nutritional Status Survey in 2011 reported that some 12.4 per cent of Brunei citizens are diabetics, while the Cross-sectional STEPwise Approach to Surveillance (STEPS) Population Survey of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Risk Factors in Brunei indicated that 9.7 per cent of Brunei citizens have high blood sugar level.

In Brunei, the minister shared that diabetes is the main cause of kidney disease that requires dialysis. “An estimated 800 patients undergoing renal replacement therapy require haemodialysis, while coronary heart disease is the second highest cause of death, where a big percentage is caused by diabetes.”

In this respect, he said diabetics must be controlled to avoid further complications and getting early medical intervention, obeying medicine intake as well as practicing a healthy lifestyle were also important.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated every November 14 and this year, the theme is ‘Diabetes: Protect Your Family’.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: MOH