Health is wealth

Shape (Singapore) - - From The Editor’s Desk -

Ihave a con­fes­sion to make. I’ve had a se­ri­ous sweet tooth for as long as I can remember, and I love all types of desserts. Choco­lates, cakes, ice cream… you name it.

In re­cent years, I’ve made an ef­fort to reg­u­late my sugar in­take, mainly for health rea­sons. Too much of it takes a toll on the liver, raises in­flam­ma­tion lev­els in the body, and in­creases the risk of de­vel­op­ing heart dis­ease and di­a­betes.

Speak­ing of di­a­betes, there’s been more buzz on it lately, es­pe­cially since the Na­tional Day Rally. Over 400,000 Sin­ga­pore­ans are liv­ing with the dis­ease, based on statis­tics from the Min­istry of Health, and this num­ber will in­crease. In short, di­a­betes is a prob­lem here.

Like many things, preven­tion is bet­ter than cure. Turn to this is­sue’s di­a­betes spe­cial that starts on pg 39, and where we re­veal the most im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion you need to know. One must-read is the piece on hawker foods that are loaded with sugar. You might be as sur­prised as we were, as most of the dishes fea­tured don’t taste sweet at all.

The fight against di­a­betes goes be­yond what you eat. Keep­ing your weight in check and ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly make a dif­fer­ence, too. We’ve got two work­outs in this is­sue’s Get Fit sec­tion. Both are essen­tially high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing ses­sions, but one fo­cuses on im­prov­ing the re­ac­tion time of your mus­cles, while the other is all about blast­ing calo­ries and build­ing strength. Stay happy and healthy!


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