Despite signicant advances in Medicine, Diabetes Mellitus remains a major medicalchallenge in the 21
century.It is common knowledge that urbanised liestyle coupled with physical inactivity, togetherwith a higher intake o saturated ats have impacted our population which appears tobe genetically predisposed to Type 2 Diabetes. In Malaysia, the prevalence o diabetescontinues to rise. What is even more worrying is the act that almost hal o our populationwith diabetes is unaware that they have the disease.Diabetes is much easier to treat in its early stages, which underscores the critical need orscreening at the primary care level. Liestyle modication including weight loss, changesin diet and increased physical activity also plays a major role in controlling the disease. As more and more novel pharmacological anti-diabetic agents come into the market, weshould not lose sight o the importance o patient empowerment to achieve behaviouralmodication.I wish to congratulate all members o this committee or their hard work in producing the4
edition o this Clinical Practice Guideline. This document will be an invaluable tool or allhealth practitioners in improving the delivery o care or our diabetic patients, particularlyat the primary care level.Thank you.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Mohd. Ismail b. Merican
Director-General of Health,Ministry of Health, Malaysia