An apple a day, keeps the doctor away
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
For every food product you purchase, how many of us check the nutrition label?
For those with diabetes who have to be more conscious about their diets, it is highly recommended they check the carbohydrate content of the food products they purchase.
While this may seem a bit trifle at first, it is actually a healthy practice even for non-diabetic people to watch the kind of food they eat to be healthy.
“We do not grow our food anymore, but instead we are buying our food from the store,” began Diabetes Malaysia Sarawak Branch chairman Dr William Voon. “For diabetes, it is all about metabolism of carbohydrates. So what happens is the pancreas is not able to put out enough insulin to deal with the carbohydrate intake like rice and sugar.”
For diabetic patients, managing carbohydrate levels are important as carbohydrates are crucial in raising blood sugar levels.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Its main purpose is to manage your blood sugar to maintain it at a normal level.
On April 9th, 40 participants attended the Diabetes Food Camp held at the Diabetes Resource Centre, Jalan Maxwell.
The half day food camp was held to help guide diabetic patients on how to control their diet as most diabetic patients are not trained enough to manage their food intake.
During the event, participants learned that for women, it was advisable to have 30 to 60 grams of carbs in a meal and 15 to 30 grams of carbs for snacks while for men, it was advisable to have 45 to 75 grams of carbs in a meal and 15 to 30 grams of carbs for snacks.
Asides from that, other healthy diet practices include having small and frequent meals (three main meals and two snacks) daily and not skipping any meals. Main meals should be at least five to six hours apart from each other.
On top of eating healthy, Dr Voon also advised regular exercise to maintain one’s health.
During lunch break, the participants got to choose food of their liking from a buffet spread with dietitians to guide them on deciding the portions for their meal.
“Eat until you are not hungry and stop until you are not too full,” advised Dr Voon by the end of the session.
The first Diabetes Food Camp held by the Diabetes Malaysia Sarawak Branch, Dr Voon said that they hoped to make it a regular event to educate more diabetic patients on how to have control over their diet by organising it once every three to four months.
Aside from that, the Diabetes Malaysia Sarawak Branch also holds health screenings around town with the latest one to be held on April 23rd at Boulevard Shopping Mall from 2 pm to 5 pm.
In addition to that, the association will also be holding a special film premiere of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ at MBO, tHe Spring at 7 pm to raise funds for the Diabetes Malaysia Sarawak Branch.
To know more about diabetes, feel free to visit the Diabetes Resource Center at Jalan Maxwell, Kuching or contact their office at 082-239483 that opens fro 9 am to 4 pm, Mondays to Fridays.