Sunday, January 4, 2009


New Year, New You! Remember, even the smallest of lifestyle changes can bring significant results. So, come on! Let’s work that body!!!

Sugar Check – four out of 100 Filipinos have Type 2 diabetes – the diabetes that is developed, as a opposed to being inherited. When your blood sugar increases, it may cause a number of problems including wound infections, blindness, and kidney infections. A person with diabetes also increases his risk for heart disease by two to four times, and has two to four times more chances of having a stroke. Unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes. It is thus important to guard against becoming diabetic as it is a preventable disease.

What to do – have a healthy diet. Lower your intake of saturated fats or fat from animal sources. Eat more fiber. Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease, and can be avoided by eating and living healthy. Exercise – Do so for at least 30 min five to seven times a week. If you’re on the heavy side, lose weight. Studies have shown that losing five to ten percent of your body weight and eating healthy can swing the probability of you not developing diabetes by as much as 58 percent.

Breast check – Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the Philippines, and one of the highest causes of deaths in the country. It is commonly found among women between 40 to 60 years old. Breast cancer usually manifests itself through a breast mass or an itchy, non-healing sore on the nipple. If you’re lactating, watch out for a watery or yellowish discharge from your nipple. If you have any bloody nipple discharge, go to the doctor right away. High risk patients include those who have first degree relatives with breast cancer. Obesity may also predispose one to breast cancer. People who are overweight have more estrogen, a fat based hormone, and are more at risk for developing cancer.

What to do – do self breast examinations two weeks after your menstruation. Eighty to eighty five percent of breast cancers are discovered by patients themselves. Visit your doctor regularly for a professional examination. Detection is keys to survival. Have an annual breast examination by a doctor. If you’re over 40 or you belong to the high risk group you must have an annual mammography.

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