By 2030, the number of Singapore residents above 40 with diabetes is projected to increase to 600,000. Diabetes is the 10th leading cause of death in Singapore in 2011. Every day, 15 people die from cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke) in Singapore. In 2014, it has been estimated that in every 3 deaths, 1 of them is caused by cardiovascular disease. Another top killer in Singapore is cancer, accounting for 29.4% of the death in 2014.
The statistics is alarming. However, we can reduce the risks of these diseases by adopting a healthy lifestyle, which is exercise and healthy diet.
Living a healthy lifestyle do more than to help us prevent diseases.
In 2014, it is reported that the government’s projected healthcare spending is expected to triple to S$12 billion a year by 2020, up from S$4 billion in 2011. As our population gets older, our consumption of healthcare also goes up. The mean annual cost of diabetic patient is S$2,034.60. A high mean total cost of S$8,787.80 is found for diabetic patients with inpatient treatment.
The more we could take charge of our health by taking proactive measures, the less we might have to rely on our healthcare sector, thus reducing the strains on healthcare expenditure, at both personal and national levels.
So how do we lead a healthy lifestyle?
With the ease of accessible information online, we can retrieve information easily. The internet has revolutionized the channel which knowledge is being spread around. However, this also means that there are many conflicting information on health and wellness. One day, consumption of caffeine is linked to early death. The next day, it helps to reduce the risk of cancer.
Do we need to hang out at the gym the whole day to be healthy? What is the optimal exercise? Does being slim imply that we are healthy? Does being fat indicate that a high risk of diseases?
Each and every one of us is unique. What might apply to one might not apply to the other.
Leading a healthy lifestyle should be easy.
It is about listening to your body and becoming in tune with the needs of the body.
In our modern day living, we have to juggle career, family, friends, and personal development. However, this does not mean that we should allow our health to take the back seat of life. We have more conveniences in our life, we can make these conveniences work for us. Being healthy doesn’t mean making drastic changes overnight. It is more about integrating simple and sustainable adjustments, in stages, into your current lifestyle.
We are here to facilitate these positive changes.
We are fortunate to have the first-hand experience on healthy living. If we spend time improving our well-being, we will see that other aspects of our lives begin to prosper. We understand the enjoyment of engaging in hobbies and connecting with like-minded people. And we want to share our stories with you. So we dedicate ourselves to bring you reliable updates, personal stories and proven tools of health and well-being in an engaging and easy to understand manner through My Santosh.
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