Keep­ing tabs on your health

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL -

THE Chi­nese New Year fes­tive sea­son is just over and all of us are likely to have in­dulged a bit more dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

For those with pre- ex­ist­ing di­a­betic and/ or other car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tions or are at risk of such con­di­tions, it is best to mon­i­tor your blood glu­cose more dili­gently or start to mon­i­tor it if you have not started do­ing so.

Un­for­tu­nately, a per­son’s car­dio­vas­cu­lar health does not de­pend on blood glu­cose lev­els alone.

Meta­bolic syn­drome is the name for a group of risk fac­tors that raises our risk for heart dis­ease and other health prob­lems such as di­a­betes and stroke. Th­ese risk fac­tors in­clude a large waist­line (“ap­ple” shape), high blood pres­sure, high blood glu­cose lev­els and choles­terol ab­nor­mal­i­ties.

The ubiq­ui­tous blood glu­cose and BP me­ters may not be suf­fi­cient to cover the risk fac­tors, es­pe­cially in blood choles­terol mon­i­tor­ing.

While a stan­dard lab­o­ra­tory test may be the best op­tion, it may be in­con­ve­nient and ex­pen­sive to do it fre­quently on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The AvoMeter range of me­ters launched in early 2010 is the only range of me­ters avail­able in Malaysia, is able to pro­vide a fast, eco­nom­i­cal and con­ve­nient way to mon­i­tor one’s blood to­tal choles­terol lev­els.

The choles­terol mon­i­tor­ing func­tion takes only 26 sec­onds and comes to­gether with the blood glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing func­tion. Its sur­pris­ing af­ford­abil­ity makes it the best me­ter to have and use at home.

A de­tected high blood to­tal choles­terol level should trig­ger us to look into com­pli­ance to treat­ment, diet and ex­er­cise and prompt us for a full lab­o­ra­tory test if it has been some time since the pre­vi­ous one.

The new AvoMeter range of me­ters comes with bet­ter fea­tures:

> Auto- cod­ing for glu­cose func­tion ( non- cod­ing); re­sults in five sec­onds

> Glu­cose strips are sta­ble for six months af­ter open­ing of the bot­tle

> Auto- strip recog­ni­tion for choles­terol func­tion – code once only with new batch of strips. There is also no need to code again when switch­ing be­tween glu­cose and choles­terol func­tions. > Strip ejec­tor but­ton > Bi- di­rec­tional mem­ory scroll As sales vol­umes have in­creased tremen­dously in the past few years, econ­omy of scale al­lows the com­pany to of­fer AvoMeter at low prices. It is do­ing its spe­cial pro­mo­tion of the year – a free AvoMeter Van­tage with two strips of To­tal Choles­terol Strip will be given away with ev­ery box of AvoMeter Glu­cose Strips ( 2x25s) pur­chased. This will be the per­fect gift for your­self or your loved ones.

Lone­li­ness is a very drain­ing con­di­tion. By danc­ing, you get your body mov­ing and it’s also a so­cial ac­tiv­ity.

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