DOH-6: Maintain balanced diet during the holidays

By: Leonard T. Pineda I

Amid the numerous Yuletide parties, the Department of Health (DOH)-6 encouraged the public to maintain a healthy and balanced diet during the holidays.

Dr. Elvie Villalobos, DOH-6 Cluster Head of Infectious Disease and Environmental and Occupational Health, said people can still enjoy food during the holiday season but they just need to eat in moderation and stay active.

“When we say a balanced diet, there should be fruits, vegetables, meat, protein, and carbohydrates. We should have less fatty and salty food,” he said.

He also reminded the public to observe food safety habits to avoid food- and water-borne diseases caused by food contamination.

He said cleanliness in food preparation should be ensured, whether in a restaurant or in any food establishment and even in households.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the five keys to safer food are the following: (1) keep clean, (2) separate raw and cooked food, (3) cook food thoroughly, (4) keep food at safe temperatures, and (5) use safe water and raw materials.

Data from DOH-6 showed that a total of 297 cases of food and water-borne illness were recorded in Western Visayas from January 1 to December 1, 2017.

Of the 297 cases, 117 were recorded from Iloilo province; 80 from Negros Occidental; 38 cases from Aklan; 37 from Iloilo City; and 25 from Antique. One death was recorded in Brgy. Sepanton, Lemery, Iloilo. (LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

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Iloilo hospital launches Diabetes & Metabolism Program

By Maricyn A. De los Santos

THE Medical City Iloilo recently launched its Diabetes and Metabolism Program to care for diabetic patients in Western Visayas.

The Medical City Iloilo’s (TMCI) Diabetes and Metabolism Program offers a holistic care to manage diabetes by integrating services responsive to the needs of diabetic patients, including the complications caused by the debilitating disease.

“TMCI wants to bring total wellness and integrated care to our patients by giving them all the services that they need in one clinic,” said TMCI CEO Dr. Eugene Ramos.

“Through our Diabetes and Metabolism Care Clinic, we will be able to fulfill our mission to our patients as their partners in their journey towards better health,” Ramos stressed.

The program is a collaboration of competent and compassionate endocrinologists, diabetologists, nephrologists, neurologists, diabetes nurse educators, foot care specialist, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, psychiatrists, and surgeons.

The five in-house doctors team headed by Dr. Genevieve Sia involves the patients in the management of their illness by making them understand diabetes and its foreseen complications including obesity, cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, stroke, heart attack, wounds that would not heal, and impotence.

Sia said the program is in line with The Medical City’s “patients are partners” principle as it focuses on the outcome of care by personalized monitoring of health status of every patient.

International Diabetes Federation data showed there are 415 million people have diabetes in the world and almost 153 million people in the Western Pacific Region. It is estimated that by 2040, this will rise to 642 million.

As of 2015, the IDF recorded 3.5 million cases of diabetes in the Philippines.

Diabetes is a serious, chronic metabolic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels associated with long-term damage and failure or organ functions, especially the eyes, the kidneys, the nerves, the heart and blood vessels.

Those who are at risk are children of diabetics, obese people, people with hypertension, high cholesterol levels and those with sedentary lifestyles.

Experts advise seeking treatment if the following are observed: frequent urination, excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss, blood sugar higher than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) and fasting plasma glucose level of more than 126mg/dl.

Jessie Dadivas, 60, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2005. A father to two children, he takes oral medications to help curb complications. In 2016, he experienced recurrent visual difficulties, a complication caused by his high sugar level. He met an accident at a speedy skyway in California where he was based for work. He went back to the Philippines and consulted a retina specialist and it was confirmed that his eyesight was already damaged by diabetes.

Diabetes didn’t hinder Jessie to do his duties as a husband and father and overcome diabetes by having a positive outlook in life and with the help of the medical experts who guide him in his journey towards wellness.

The Diabetes Care Clinic is located on the 3rd floor of TMCI, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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