30 Aug '17, 4am

Fighting diabetes, one plate of nasi lemak at a time

SINGAPORE: At Dr Elly Sabrina Ismail’s home off Bukit Batok, a punching bag hangs from the ceiling in stark contrast to an otherwise elegant room. She is awaiting guests and has prepared glasses of mint tea, with no sugar of course. You see, Dr Elly, in her own way, is fighting what has been described by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as a health crisis in the Malay and Indian communities - diabetes. The 47-year-old general practitioner focuses on eating right and exercise. Her modest collection of exercise equipment, like kettle bells, a battling rope, a cable machine and a squat rack - a birthday gift from her husband - was built over time. “Others get rings, I get exercise machines,” she said with a laugh. Dr Elly’s lifestyle, however, may not be representative of her community’s. Dr Vivien Lim, an endocrinologist at Gleneagles Hospital, said national health surveys thr...

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