Study populations 

Malaysia, in 2015, had an estimated population of 30.7m with 24% under the age of 15 years (7.5m) and 9% over the age of 60 years (1.7m). By 2050, Malaysia will have aged considerably with older people representing some 24% of the total population (9.7m). Of note, is that 4% of the population will be aged 80 years and over.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 3.3m people living with the condition and an estimated 1.7m undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic

Cover page for Malaysia Study Report. For accessible PDF version of full report click the image.
Info-graphic containing overview of findings. For an accessible PDF please click the image.

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

25% In time for screening, 75% When visual problems have already occurred
(Ophthamologists n=12)
In time for screening When visual problems have already occurred  

Availability of DR patient education materials in health care providers’ offices

31.4% Sufficient information available, 48.6% Information not sufficient, 20% No written information available
(All providers n=35)
Sufficient information available Information not sufficient No written information available  

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

26.6% Vision loss, 24.8% Kidney disease, 18.3% Cardiovascular disease/stroke, 10.1% Amputation
(Adults with diabetes n=109)
Vision loss Kidney disease Cardiovascular disease/stroke Amputation

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

44% Every visit, 13.8% Multiple times per year, 11% Once a year, 7.3% When symptoms arise, 19.3% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=109)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never

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