While there’s plenty of health news that just seems like its designed to scare the pants off us, there’s plenty that we need to pay attention to, too. This monthly update will answer a few questions and give you news that’s relevant to keeping you fit and healthy in Singapore.
Festive Fun Run
Kick-start the festive season with the annual Santa Run for Wishes race, taking place on 7 December at Singapore Sports Hub. The event features 2.5km and 5km family fun runs, plus a 10km competitive run. The pre-race village will include carnival game booths and kid-friendly rides. Proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore. Register at santarunforwishes.sg
Are you or your helper travelling to the Philippines?
You’ll definitely want to make sure your polio vaccinations are up to date for everyone in your family. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that there is currently an outbreak of the crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease there.
While polio is included in the five-in-one and six-in-one jabs, usually given to kids at two, four and six months, with a booster at 18 months
to complete the four-dose course, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that adults who are fully vaccinated consider an extra booster dose in adulthood.
Hospital Hot List
UK-based digital healthcare provider Medbelle released a study that reveals the best hospital cities in the world. Focusing on the overall hospital ecosystem in the area rather than individual institutions, the study took into account such factors as citizen accessibility, education, efficiency, quality of care and infrastructure, among others. So, which city topped the list? Tokyo ranked as the best hospital city in the world, with the highest overall quality-of-care score, followed by Boston in second, London in third and Paris in fourth; Singapore ranked number 16 on the
top-100 list. To see the full list, visit medbelle.com/best-hospital-cities-world.
How do I know if I’m lactose intolerant?
Different from a milk allergy, lactose intolerance is a condition in which you’re unable to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. Symptoms may include abdominal pain and cramps, nausea, bloating, gas and diarrhoea. These typically start between half an hour and two hours after drinking milk or eating dairy products, and the severity of symptoms depends on the amount of lactose ingested. However, it doesn’t cause damage to the lining of the digestive tract.
Diagnosis may be confirmed if symptoms resolve after eliminating lactose from the diet or replacing milk with lactose- free milk. Other tests are sometimes necessary if the relationship between lactose elimination and symptoms is inconclusive; lactose intolerance can be tested by a hydrogen breath test.
It’s important to note that lactose intolerance is different from a milk allergy, which is a more serious condition. Milk allergy is an adverse immune reaction to a milk protein called casein. It’s tested by a skin prick or blood test.
Lactose intolerance is typically managed by decreasing the amount of lactose in one’s diet, or taking lactase supplements
available over the counter. People with lactose intolerance are usually able to drink small amounts of milk or eat small portions of yoghurt or hard, matured cheese without developing significant symptoms.
While it’s not necessary to remove dairy from your diet completely (unless specified by a doctor), you may want to reduce your daily intake of lactose by replacing normal milk with lactose-free milk or plant-based milk alternatives, using fresh products that contain lactose in small quantities, and avoiding hidden sources of lactose like processed meat or fish, gravy stock powder, pasta or veggies with cream sauces and fast foods.
– Dr Andrea Rajnakova, gastroenterologist.
Andrea’s Digestive, Colon, Liver and Gallbladder Clinic
#21-11/12 Royal Square at Novena
101 Irrawaddy Road
6264 2836 | andrea-digestive-clinic.com
If your New Year’s resolution is to run a 42km race, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to do just that in January. Here’s a schedule of some of the many running events in the region in the first month of 2020:
HCMC Run – The City Marathon (Vietnam)
Sketchers Performance Chennai Marathon (India)
Cebu City Marathon (Philippines)
Taipei Standard Chartered Marathon (Taiwan)
Yoma Yangon International Marathon (Burma)
TATA Mumbai Marathon (India)
Katsuta Marathon (Japan)
Khon Kaen International Marathon (Thailand)
Swim and sprint
The MetaSprint Series Aquathlon on 9 February 2020 will have participants challenging themselves with a 750m or 250m swim along Sentosa’s Palawan Beach, followed by a 5km or 2.5km run. Choose to go solo or compete as a team – oh, and kiddos can do it, too! Register at metasprintseries.com.
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