This month marks the fifth 12 months because the Ministry of Well being declared struggle on diabetes. Whereas the struggle is ongoing, we must be conscious that it can’t be received with out profitable the battles towards weight problems and smoking in Singapore.
Virtually 4 in 10 Singaporeans are obese or overweight, which considerably contributes to the prevalence of diabetes in Singapore. Weight problems is alleged to account for 80 per cent to 85 per cent of the chance of growing Kind 2 diabetes.
The battle with the bulge should take primacy within the struggle on diabetes. Imprecise messages akin to encouraging a wholesome way of life or consuming much less white rice are lacking the forest for the bushes.
Smoking as one other main contributory issue for diabetes is conspicuously lacking in public well being messaging. In accordance with the US Meals and Drug Administration, people who smoke are at greater threat of growing Kind 2 diabetes than non-smokers, as smoking causes insulin resistance.
Not solely is smoking strongly linked to diabetes, however second-hand smoke additionally enormously boosts diabetes threat.
The reticence in our public well being schooling concerning the connection between tobacco smoke and diabetes weakens our efforts to fight diabetes.
Moreover, present safety towards residential second-hand smoke publicity is non-existent.
The following part within the struggle on diabetes ought to concentrate on these main contributors to the chance of growing diabetes.
Lim Teck Koon