Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, is a long-term illness characterised by a high sugar (or glucose) level in the blood. Someone with diabetes is either producing too little insulin or is unable to respond well to the insulin produced.
In Singapore, one out of 9 people aged 18 to 69 has diabetes. That’s about 11.3% of our population or more than 400,000 people!
Diabetes is a chronic disease and, if not managed well, can deteriorate steadily to cause devastating complications such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease and limb amputation. Studies show that about half of patients already have diabetes-related complications at the time of diagnosis.
DSS is a non-profit organisation affiliated to the International Diabetes Federation and the National Council of Social Service.
- To provide service to people with diabetes and to individuals interested in diabetes - To undertake activities that promote the general well-being of people with diabetes - To strive to remove prejudice and ignorance concerning diabetes.
Our Mission Statement
To provide diabetes awareness, education and counselling to people with diabetes, their family members and the public. Through knowledge and discipline, the person with diabetes becomes better equipped to achieve a healthy and productive life.