Do you know that diabetes and pre-diabetes+ are on the rise?
According to National Health Survey 2010, Singapore’s adult diabetes rate has hit a 12-year high1. From 8.2% of adults who were diabetic in 20042, this figure has increased significantly to 11.3%1, which is much higher than the worldwide average of 6.4%3. By 2015, 1 in every 3 adults is predicted to have diabetes before they are 694.
Diabetes is a chronic disease and can lead to life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and amputations if poorly controlled.
Early and effective control of diabetes can help reduce the risks of developing complications related to diabetes. A balanced diet, regular physical activity, sensible weight loss and compliance to medication are the keys to good diabetes control.
Similarly, people with pre-diabetes can reduce their risk of developing diabetes by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Be in Control.
Healthier lifestyle including good dietary habits and active living plays an important role in the management of blood glucose.
Carbohydrates (sugars and starches) have the greatest impact on blood glucose levels. Hence, it is important to moderate the amount of carbohydrates consumed and choose the right type. An overall diet which is low in GI may also help to improve blood glucose control (GI, or Glycaemic Index, ranks carbohydrate foods according to their effect on blood glucose levels).
Besides, people with diabetes or pre-diabetes need to be mindful of their fat intake. A diet high in saturated fat and trans fat tends to elevate blood cholesterol levels; monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and omega-6 fatty acids on the other hand tend to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Together with MUFA, Omega-3 fatty acids support heart health and may decrease the risk of heart disease.
Therefore, diet control is essential for all individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes+. To help you with your diet and diabetes management, we are introducing the New Glucerna® Triple Care™, a specialized nutrition for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes+.
Get yours at Abbott Singapore.
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