312 diabetics were seen in a multiracial urban general practice in Peninsular Malaysia during a five-year period. Of these, 210 (67%) were Indians, confirming the higher prevalence of diabetes among Indians reported in other studies. 67 were newly found diabetics. The sex, age, family history, of the diabetics, duration and complications of diabetes, are reviewed and compared with similar studies. The larger number of diabetics may partly be attributed to the presence in the community of a large number of Indians born in India. Stress also may contribute to the high prevalence of the disease in Indians, who are prone to diabetes by virtue of heredity.