Adrian Teo Laboratory

STEM CELLS AND DIABETES INFORMATION


  • International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
  • Stem Cell Society Singapore (SCSS)                                                                                                                                   
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA)
  • JDRF
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)
  • Diabetes UK                                                                                                                                                                           
  • The World Diabetes Day is on the 14th November




THE STRAITS TIMES REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 20TH AUGUST 2017

  • 11 % of Singaporeans are diabetic
  • Another 12 to 15 % suffer from pre-diabetes. Of them, one in three will become diabetic within eight years
  • The number of diabetics under 70 in Singapore is expected to rise to 670,000 by 2030 and to one million by 2050
  • Diabetes costs Singapore $1 billion a year and the figure is expected to climb to $1.8 billion by 2050
  • The incidence of diabetes is highest among Indians, with 17.2 % of adults affected. This is followed by Malays (16.6 %) and Chinese (9.7 %)
  • Half of those who have a heart attack; two in five victims of stroke, and two in three with kidney failure in Singapore are also diabetic
  • Every day, four amputations are the result of uncontrolled diabetes


THE STRAITS TIMES REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 8TH APRIL 2016

  • Singapore is No. 2 nation with most diabetics


THE BBC NEWS WEBSITE REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 8TH APRIL 2016

  • Gestational diabetes is common and affects up to 18 in every 100 pregnancies
  • Babies can be at higher risks of obesity and diabetes later in life
  • Women testing positive for gestational diabetes at 28-week stage were twice as likely as other mothers to have an abnormally large foetus
  • Mothers who were obese as well as having gestational diabetes had five times the risk of a large foetus
  • Screening should take place at some point between 24 and 28 weeks, but in practice a lot screen at 28 weeks


THE BBC NEWS WEBSITE REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 6TH APRIL 2016

  • Diabetes cases had nearly quadrupled to 422 million in 2014 from 108 million in 1980
  • High blood sugar levels are a major killer – linked to 3.7 million deaths around the world each year
  • 8.5 % of adults worldwide have diabetes
  • 1.5 million people died as a result of diabetes in 2012
  • 2.2 million additional deaths were caused by higher-than-optimal blood glucose
  • 43 % of these 3.7 million people died before they were 70 years old
  • Diabetes triples the risk of a heart attack and leaves people 20 times more likely to have a leg amputated, as well as increasing the risk of stroke, kidney failure, blindness and complications in pregnancy
  • Diabetes itself is the eighth biggest killer in the world


THE STRAITS TIMES REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 22ND FEBRUARY 2016

  • 34 % of those aged 24 to 35 in 2016 may become diabetic by age 65
  • Diabetes rates have risen from 8.6 % in 1992 to 11.3 % in 2010


THE BBC NEWS WEBSITE REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 17TH AUGUST 2015

  • Diabetes cases soared by 60 %, from 2.1 million to more than 3.3 million people in the UK
  • Diabetes can lead to blindness and amputations, and is a massive drain on NHS resources
  • Diabetes medication now accounts for 10 % of the NHS drugs bill
  • Nearly £869 million was spent on drugs including insulin and metformin as of 2015
  • Diabetes costs the NHS nearly £10 billion a year


THE STRAITS TIMES REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 24TH MAY 2015

  • Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the top cause of blindness among working-age adults in Singapore, causing 
    • About 600 people to be totally blind
    • Over 8000 to lose their sight in one eye
    • 17500 to be visually impaired
  • Three in ten diabetics have diabetic retinopathy
  • Singapore has an estimated 600000 diabetics aged 18 to 69
  • About 180000 have the eye condition
  • Only 30000 have been diagnosed
  • 11 percent of diabetics and 83 percent of those with DR were undiagnosed
  • Nine in ten of those who did not know they had DR were aware they were diabetic
  • The incidence of both DR and the late-stage vision-threatening DR was highest among Indians


As of 2013, Singapore is ranked 10th in the world for the prevalence of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), at 12.4 %


Every 6 seconds, a person dies from diabetes

THE STRAITS TIMES REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 24TH FEBRUARY 2012

  • One in three Singaporeans will develop diabetes
  • 11.3 % of those aged 18 to 69 already had the disease in 2010
  • Diabetes is the top cause of blindness in Singapore
  • Diabetes is linked to two limb amputations a day
  • Diabetes is linked to 60 % of kidney failures
  • 46.4 % of people who had their first heart attacks in Singapore were diabetic


THE STRAITS TIMES REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ON 2ND OCTOBER 2012

  • By 2050, Singapore may have as many as one million diabetics   
  • Every one in two people, by age 70, will be diabetic
  • Aging and obesity are the two main factors that will drive Singapore’s number of diabetics up in the next 40 years

DIABETES FACTS