13 Nov '11, 4pm

DTN Singapore: Singapore marks World Diabetes Day with health screenings, dietary care: SINGAPORE: It's World Di...

SINGAPORE: It's World Diabetes Day on Sunday. To mark the event, the Diabetic Society of Singapore organised health screenings and exhibitions to educate the public on this chronic condition. In addition to the exhibitions, there were also counselling on dietary matters, diabetes care and management. Statistics show 11.3 percent of Singaporeans, aged between 18 and 69, have diabetes. The Diabetic Society of Singapore says obesity is the biggest factor responsible for the increase in diabetes prevalence rates. In his speech, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong encouraged everyone to participate in 150 minutes of physical activity every week. This could be in the form of a simple brisk walk to an MRT station. He urged Singaporeans to undergo screening regularly for early detection of chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Mr Gan said the Health Pr...

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