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Fueled by Optimism

January 30, 2012 Category :People and Places 0

Disease often takes its toll on people, not only on their physique but also their outlook on life. Seeing life in a positive light is difficult, but Rosario Marcelo, 71 years old, is different. Rather than languish over it, she chose rather to live her life fully, despite illnesses and singlehood.

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Triglycerides: The Body’s Fat Depot

January 29, 2012 Category :Health Watch 0

Most people are familiar with cholesterol and its bad effects on our health. We have been warned time and again of high cholesterol and the risk of heart attack or stroke. Several ads boast of low cholesterol, cholesterol-free or even cholesterol-lowering food products. But very few people know or understand triglycerides. So let’s put the limelight on triglycerides.

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What’s Good About Cholesterol

January 28, 2012 Category :Diabetes Research| Health Watch 0

You just had your annual physical exam, and you proudly present your laboratory results to your physician. Everything seems well; you’re sure your physician will be pleased with you. Why, all your results are normal, and one, which says HDL cholesterol in your lipid profile, is even low! But after showing your results, your physician tells you that you should do something about your HDL. Huh? But it’s low so that’s supposed to be good, right? What is HDL cholesterol anyway? Aren’t all cholesterols the same?

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How Bad is The Bad Cholesterol

January 27, 2012 Category :Health Watch 0

The numbers project a not-so-good picture. People with diabetes are at 3-4 times higher risk of suffering cardiac death and stroke compared to non-diabetics. Their risk of developing morbidity and mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD) is the same as that of a patient with a history of heart attack or established coronary condition.

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Good Fat vs Bad Fat

January 26, 2012 Category :Healthy Advocacy 0

Whenever we hear the word fat, these immediately come to mind: bilbil, huge/ big/plus-size people, pork, chicharon, coronary heart disease, etc. Basically, most, if not all, descriptions are negative connotations of the word fat. Unless that word is followed by wallet or luck, then that’s the only time people would want to get fat.

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Chef Carlo Miguel – A Bigger Man

January 25, 2012 Category :People and Places 0

It was a couple of hours away before the restaurant opened. As I ran a bit late, the chef who just guested in Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition and has made a name for himself was already by the bar standing. I came in very anxious and excited at the same time while he talked to the restaurant’s marketing officer. They wrapped up their conversation, and we introduced ourselves to each other. For a moment, there was an awkward silence. I just couldn’t utter a thing when in the back of my head all I could think of was how much he’d changed—very far from the pictures I saw online. It wasn’t just the weight loss. There was something else I could hardly point a finger to. But whatever it was, I liked what I saw and I liked the fact more that I was there to hear his story firsthand.

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Healthier Alternatives to Soda

January 24, 2012 Category :Health Watch 0

High levels of bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein cholesterol or LDL-C) according to reports have been causing cardiovascular deaths worldwide, including thousands of Filipinos.

Due to variety of factors counting lifestyle, heredity, and diet, LDL-C that comes with other diseases such as diabetes is a common event but still being overlooked by many.

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Pioglitazone link to Bladder Cancer?

January 23, 2012 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Question: I’ve been on pioglitazone for 3 years and heard it might be link to bladder cancer. Should I stop taking it?

Last June 15, 2011, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the public that use of the diabetes medication Pioglitazone for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.

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Managing Weight, Maintaining Health

January 22, 2012 Category :Health Watch 0

In this age of junk food and sedentary lifestyles, the need for proper weight management has never been more apparent. Many people are aware of the associated risks of obesity, but as much as they would want to start living a healthy lifestyle, they do not know how to start or do not have the means and facilities to do so.

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Balanced Life with Tai Chi

January 21, 2012 Category :Fitness 0

From the instant we wake up and put on our work clothes, to the time we dress down to our pajamas, we subconsciously look for balance in our lives. Incidentally, it is this very principle embodied in Tai Chi which may lead people with diabetes to healthier days.

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