SINGAPORE – More than one in three diabetes patients are not taking their medication regularly, a study has found.
The study by the National Healthcare Group (NHG) found that 35 per cent of patients diagnosed with diabetes between 2005 and 2010 did not commit to taking their medication.
This increases the risk of hospitalisation and means that patients have less control over their blood sugar levels, say doctors.
“This is a worrying figure that we need to change,” said Dr Sun Yan, deputy director of medical informatics at NHG.
Still, the figure in the NHG study is lower than the global average. According to the World Health Organisation, one in two recently diagnosed diabetes patients do not take their medication regularly.