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What’s better than curing a disease? Preventing it from happening in the first place.
Preventive care refers to actions taken that help prevent illness and disease. These include services and treatments such as health tests, screenings, counselling, immunisations, dental cleanings, and more.
Preventive care is important to help you identify any health concerns before it actually becomes problematic. It is often far easier, a lot less painful and much cheaper, compared to treating the illness or disease when the condition has turned serious.
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Mental illnesses are a wide range of mental disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behaviour. Examples include anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
These illnesses can begin at any age and their effects can be temporary or long-lasting. A person can also have more than one mental illness at the same time (eg. depression and substance use disorder).
Mental illness is expected to be the second biggest health problem affecting Malaysians after heart disease.
According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) article in August 2018, Malaysia is Asia's fattest nation with nearly half the adult population now overweight or obese.
Obesity is strongly linked to serious health problems such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. Losing weight is crucial in order to reduce the risk of these diseases. However, many people in Malaysia and around the world find losing weight challenging.
It is generally recommended to lose weight gradually (0.5 - 1kg a week) as it is more likely to stay off in the long run. Losing weight too fast can cause you
Your diet plays a major role in your heart health. Certain foods you eat can influence your blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels, as well as inflammation, all of which are risk factors for heart disease. According to the World Health Organisation in 2021, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally.
To keep your heart and circulatory system working at their best, be sure to include the following foods in your diet:
Foods rich in healthy fats
Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and trout are full of
You are probably aware of the health problems caused by excess sugar: diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and coronary artery disease.
But are you aware of how sugar levels affect your brain?
Our brain needs sugar to function
The human brain is a complex system consisting of billions of neurons and nerve cells. It’s our body’s control centre that performs multiple functions, including regulating our hormones, breathing, body temperature and sleep cycle. It also processes information relating to our taste, touch, sight, hearing and more.
Because of this, the brain requires more