About Diabetes

The number of people with diabetes in Hong Kong has increased dramatically over the past 10 years.
One in 10 people have diabetes and only 50% are diagnosed.
Diabetes reduces life expectancy by 10-12 years and is a leading cause of stroke, blindness, heart attack, kidney failure, amputation and impotence.
Approximately 50% of patients suffering from a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure have diabetes as the main cause.
Despite the highly preventable nature of these life-threatening complications, they are often silent and insidious.
Many patients only become aware of their serious nature when they are struck by these devastating illnesses.
To detect these complications or their risk factors early, all patients with diabetes are advised to undergo comprehensive assessments every 12-18 months.