Di­a­betes Up­date

Sin­ga­pore has one of the high­est cases of di­a­betes among de­vel­oped coun­tries, sec­ond to the US. Learn the warn­ing signs and how you can pre­vent it

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - CONTENTS -

Could you have di­a­betes and not know it? Learn the signs here

Have you ever been in that sit­u­a­tion where you go along for a reg­u­lar check-up and your doc­tor looks at the scales, does the cal­cu­la­tion for your healthy weight range, looks you in the eye and says, “You are a few kilo­grams over your healthy weight range.”

It is one of the more awk­ward con­ver­sa­tions they need to have with their pa­tients, say gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers. The fact is, most pa­tients who are over­weight know they are, and usu­ally start the con­ver­sa­tion them­selves. But when your doc­tor tells you that your weight is in the un­healthy or med­i­cal-obese range, it can come as a shock.

Decades of healthy mes­sages have cut through so most peo­ple are aware of the link be­tween obe­sity and di­a­betes. Sin­ga­pore to­day has the high­est in­ci­dence of di­a­betes among de­vel­oped na­tions, next only to the US. With the del­uge of fast food op­tions, child­hood obe­sity and be­ing over­weight are

press­ing is­sues which may con­tinue through to adult­hood if left unchecked.

Weight gain can creep up on you. And one of the most com­mon ex­cuse for peo­ple not be­ing able to look af­ter their health: “Too busy”. Maybe a new job means you have less time to ex­er­cise, or you get home too late, so pick­ing up a pizza is a con­ve­nient op­tion. Per­haps you had a baby and those ex­tra kilo­grams stayed with you. A big­ger dress size be­comes your “new nor­mal”.

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