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Callaloo and Diabetes

Every Filipino should be familiar with laing, that leafy, creamy, spicy delicacy from Bicol Region that burns the delighted palates of every discerning foodie. But did you know that laing may have a hand in helping prevent diabetes? That’s because of one of its ingredients – the taro or gabi leaf, also known as callaloo. […]

Diabetes Management for Filipinos

One for every 25 Filipino adult is diabetic. Diabetes is a disease that many Filipinos suffer but is not given much attention. The rise of diabetes among Filipinos can be attributed to our food culture and lack of sense of urgency on the issue. For the former, rice is the staple food in the Philippines […]

DOH Lifestyle Diseases Program

Following the steady increase of Filipinos suffering and dying from “lifestyle diseases”, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stress, sleep disorder and addiction among others, the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines launched the lifestyle diseases programs to help combat these ailments. Dubbed as “Pilipinas Go4Health“, the program was designed to prevent and control […]

Filipinos and Diabetes

In the Philippines, 4.1% of Filipinos have diabetes mellitus. In the present populations of the Filipinos, approximately 2.5% million of them have diabetes excluding the undiagnosed one. Diabetes is an illness of the insulin that produces cells in the pancreas of the body and of insulin itself. The illness when not treated will produce many […]

Diabetes Clinics in Manila

As diabetes becomes an epidemic disease, especially among Filipinos, practically all of the leading hospital institutions in Metro Manila has a endocrinologist or a diabetic specialist in their rolls. Many Filipinos, however, remain undiagnosed, or worse are not giving sufficient concern and attention to the fatality of such diseases until it’s too late. That diabetes […]

Top 10 Worst Foods for Diabetics

The key to living a normal life while having diabetes is living a healthy lifestyle. And part of having a healthy lifestyle is managing one’s diet. While eating food in moderation is the principal way to manage food intake, there are also certain types of food that diabetics must avoid as much as possible. Here […]

Philippine Diabetes Statistics

The incidence of diabetes is growing around the world. It is in the top ten leading causes of deaths. Filipinos are not an exemption to this incidence as more and more Filipinos are affected by the disease. In fact, the last 2008 survey was alarming enough to conclude that one out of every five Filipinos […]

Diabetes Care for Disadvantaged and Vulnerable

Living with diabetes is already hard as it is, more so if you happen to have this chronic condition while living on meager resources. A poor diabetic would require medications, hospitalizations, regular check-ups, insulin (for type 1 diabetics), and other things to spend on aside from his family’s basic needs. Because of this, some diabetics […]

The Diabetes Problem: What Can We Do to Prevent It?

Diabetes mellitus has become a serious problem and has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade. In the Philippines, the National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute in 2003 estimates that about 7 out of 100 Filipinos may either have prediabetes or diabetes. From an older survey done in 1997, there […]

Are you likely to get Diabetes?

Whether it’s type 1 or type 2, we all know that diabetes mellitus is a serious ailment with devastating consequences in the heart, eyes, kidneys, limbs, and other organs of our body. But how would you know if you or any other member of your family is at risk for getting diabetes? Endocrinologist Dr. Gertrude […]