Diabetes discussed in media forum

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


ABBOTT Nutrition addressed diabetes and promoted healthy living in the Ask the Expert Media Forum held Wednesday.

“Diabetes is a very real threat, a major problem worldwide and more so in the Philippines,” medical director for Abbott Nutrition Philippines Jose Rodolfo Dimaano Jr. stressed.

Being the eighth major cause of death in the country in 2009, diabetes is a growing health problem affecting around 9.7 percent of the adult population in 2012.

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Some 12.5 percent of Filipinos are at-risk with impaired-glucose tolerance. This means that one in every five Filipino adults or an estimated 11 million have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Dr. Roberto Mirasol, chief of endocrinology diabetes and metabolism section of St. Luke’s Medical Center and Manila Doctors Hospital, said "prevention is still the key."

According to him, early diagnosis of diabetes can prevent and delay complications to the patient such as cardiovascular disease, eye complications, kidney disease, nerve damage, high blood pressure and skin complications.

Mirasol also shared a procedure called Philippine Diabetes Nutrition Algorithm currently used by dialectologists and endocrinologists to identify risk factors and comprehend what has to be done with a possible diabetes patient.

Another method he presented was the Glycemia Targeted Specialized Nutrition or the Medical Nutrition Therapy, which aims to prevent, manage diabetes and slow its complications. Specifically, it intends to reduce weight, give nutritional guidance and modify lifestyle to address early diabetes.

The Glucerna 123 Challenge was also introduced by Abbott Nutrition as it endeavors healthy living and wellness.

The challenge is a 12-week program designed to help people manage diabetes or prevent it. Although it is more designed for adults and diabetics, Dimaano said everyone can take the challenge.

The program targets to manage blood sugar levels; maintain weight and waistline; and support hearth health by featuring healthy meal plans, exercise videos and daily serving of specialized nutrition which people can do at home by themselves.

The challenge can be taken online on www.glucerna123challenge. com.ph. It is also available as a mobile app “Glucerna PH,” which can be downloaded free in Google Play and Apple Store. (Giovani Joy Fontanilla)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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