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Easy Tips To Healthy Eating For Chinese New Year

These 3 simple tips will have you all geared up for a great time this Chinese New Year while you maintain a healthy and safe diet

1. Snack in Moderation

From pineapple tarts to bak kwa being plated out in a constant flow, it will be no doubt close to impossible to steer clear of these yummy Chinese New Year goodies. Try to limit your snacking to just 1 or 2 pieces per snack. Take smaller bites into your snack so that it lasts a little longer. Another way to snack less is to ‘talk more’. If you are interacting with the party, chances are you are too distracted to pay attention to the snacking table. Don’t forget to still keep to your balanced diet of fibres, proteins and vitamins. Those New Year goodies should never replace a proper meal.

2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Remember to keep yourself well hydrated to keep your body at a constant temperature and your energy levels up. Water is certainly the best option for fluids, so try to avoid canned or fizzy drinks, which are typically artificially sweetened. Do not overdo on the mandarin oranges too, as too much of its citrus juices can sometimes cause heartburn.

3. Cook Your Food

Lastly, be careful when taking hot pot/steamboat meals. As raw poultry and other meats are commonly consumed in steamboat, do ensure your portions are properly cooked before eating. The soup stock should also be brought to a boil each time fresh ingredients have been put into the pot.

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Travel Vaccination

Stay Healthy throughout your Holidays

Planning to travel during the year end holiday season? Don’t let the flu dampen your mood!
If you are heading for the ski slopes, planning a trip to catch the Northern Lights or just about anywhere in the northern hemisphere, one definite way to ward off the winter blues is to get yourself protected against influenza.

Get a flu jab before you go! The Influenza vaccine has an efficacy of 70-90% and lasts up to a year. Senior citizens (aged over 65) should consider getting a Pneumococcal vaccine as well.

Note: Not every sniffle is caused by influenza. If you catch a cold (caused by rhinovirus), your nose and ear passages can get pretty blocked up. Flying with congested nose and ear passages will cause pain and discomfort during aircraft descent. To reduce discomfort and even the risk of popping your eardrums, having a decongestant ready for the flight can help.

There are 3 types of seasonal influenza viruses. They are generally transmitted from person to person through the air. Type A & B often lead to increased rates in hospitalization and death. Type C usually cause very mild respiratory illness.

If you have not done your health screening, visit us at Healthway Screening & Wellness Centre, 176 Orchard Road #06-02 The Centrepoint Singapore 238843Contact us at 6733 0355 or hswenquiry@healthwaymedical.com for appointments.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With more than 25% of all cancers diagnosed in women being breast cancer, it is the most common cancer occurring in women. The risk of breast cancer increases with age, and most women diagnosed with breast cancer are older than 40.

It is recommended that women 40 years and older go for breast screening (ultrasound radiology test) and/or ovarian screening (ovarian cancer marker blood test) tests yearly.

*Breast Screening (Mammogram Test or Ultrasound Breast Test)
*Ovarian Cancer Screening (Ovarian Cancer Marker & Ultrasound Pelvis Test)

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer amongst men in Singapore, and is the sixth leading cause of cancer death amongst men.

Some risk factors include age over 40 years old, family history, diet high in animal fat and red meat as well as previous vasectomies done. If detected early, prostate cancer patients have a very high survival rate.

*Prostate Cancer Screening (Prostate Cancer Marker & Ultrasound Prostate Test)

*All screenings include a review by our doctor
*Please call 6733 0355 to make an appointment at Healthway Screening & Wellness Centre.

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World Hearts Day

Healthy heart tips in conjunction with World Heart Day on 29 September

Our human heart is the most hardworking organ in our body. It works from the day it’s formed in the womb till the day we die. Hence, we must take good care of our heart because the moment it stops beating, it’s the end of life.

According to Ministry of Health, coronary heart disease is the 2nd leading cause of death in Singapore. However, heart disease can be prevented and treated if risk factors are recognized early. Risk factors are usually genetic and cannot be changed, such as age, gender, race and family history.

Let’s focus on risk factors that are within our control such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking and stress. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can strain the heart by overworking it. Being obese can also lead from hypertension to other conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. With no obvious symptoms for the above conditions, it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Smoking increases blood pressure and risks of heart attacks, accounting for 40% of deaths caused by heart disease in patients younger than 65 years old.

Dietary control of calories and regular exercise work hand in hand to keep a healthy weight and waist circumference. Regular exercise can help to improve risk factors, as well as reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing.

Keeping a healthy weight, doing regular exercise and reducing salt intake are all important habits to keep our blood pressure under control.

Besides lifestyle changes, regular visits to your family doctor for a heart health screening is important so that we can live a healthy and active lifestyle even as we grow older.

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Month of Elderly

Caring for the Elderly

There is an old saying in Chinese, “An elderly at home is alike a treasure of the family”.
Let’s take some time to understand the ‘treasure’ around us and thank the care-takers for their hardwork, keeping these ‘treasure’ safe.

Understanding Dementia

Dementia is a common term that describes various symptoms of cognitive decline but it is not a specific disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the major causes for dementia. Other common causes including stroke or brain injury, medications, thyroid abnormalities, HIV infection, vitamin deficiencies and depression.

Possible Symptoms of Dementia

– Forgetfulness
– Difficulty completing familiar tasks E.g Using utensils
– Disorientation / losing their way in familiar streets
– Difficulty in communicating E.g Hard to express feelings in words
– Mood swings / personality change
– Difficulty in managing money and medication

“See your doctor for proper assessment. Treatment should start early aiming to preserve function. Medications are available to slow the rate of regression.” Dr John Cheng, Family Physician, Head of Primary Care at Healthway Medical Group

Self Care for Caregivers

Caring for an elderly person with mental illness or dementia can be physically and mentally demanding, which can lead to caregiver stress.

For instance, you may feel frustrated, angry, helpless, overwhelmed, alone, sad, worried, sleep too much or too little, gain or lose a lot of weight, experience lethargy and loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.

Recognize your limits, ask for help from family and friends, take a break and seek professional help.

Some tips to prevent or cope with Caregiver stress

– Join a support group for caregivers or find caregiving resources in your community.
– Stay in touch with your family and friends, do things you enjoy with them.
– Take care of your physical and mental health. Eg. Have time for yourself, find ways to relieve stress, and see your doctor for checkups.

Dr Seng Kok Han is currently a Consultant, Psychiatrist, at Nobel Psychological Wellness Clinic. He obtained his basic medical degree and his Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He was appointed Visiting Scholar at the Duke University Medical Center and Health System, Durham, North Carolina, USA, under the Ministry of Health (MOH) HMDP Fellowship Programme in 2010.

He often led by example and received the PS21 Distinguished Star Service Award in 2011 for achieving outstanding service excellence. He had also received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Duke-NUS faculty and NHG Excellence Award in Teaching.

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