In celebration of World Diabetes Day last November 14, 2009, Endocrinologist Dr. Jeff Francis Ho, was the invited guest at Mabel At Your Service.
Dr. Ho said that the risk of diabetes is high without proper health consciousness and lifestyle. The risk factors include: unhealthy eating habits, obesity, lack of exercise, high blood pressure and cholesterol, increased age, family history of diabetes and gestational diabetes.
There are two types of diabetes, diabetes 1 which is also known as juvenile diabetes is due to non-production of insulin of the pancreas. Diabetes 2 usually occurs gradually. Most people with this type of diabetes are usually overweight or elderly.Family history of diabetes and a sedentary lifestyles are also factors which heightens the risk of this disease.
However, Dr. Ho stressed that the risk of diabetes can be avoided or controlled through proper diet, exercise and medical check-up.
He added that in observance of the World Diabetes Day, he and a number of colleagues will be conducting a free diabetes screening at the People's Park on November 14, 2009.