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.
EzFit, a personal training company that brings fitness to the comfort of clients’ own homes, has launched the “Fit Mama Project”, designed especially for mums who have just delivered babies. Focused strictly on post-natal exercises, the special programme is headed by EzFit trainer Haylie, who’s dedicated to helping new mamas get back into shape and gain confidence post-pregnancy. Expat Living readers get 10 percent off when signing up for this package! For more details, call 9007 9742 or visit ezfit.sg
Spotlight on Diabetes
In honour of World Diabetes Day on 14 November, here are some key facts about the chronic disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
• Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar) and type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
• Hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes. Over time, it can cause serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, nerves and kidneys (diabetes is among the leading causes of kidney failure).
• Adults with diabetes have a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
• About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes – up from 108 million in 1980.
• Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are key ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
• Diabetes treatment involves controlling one’s blood sugar, insulin, medication and regular screenings. Making dietary changes is also key; a recent Harvard study found that eating a plant-based diet can lower the risk of diabetes by 23 percent!
What causes tooth sensitivity and how can I prevent it?
Sensitive teeth can develop in several ways. If you’re partial to crunching ice with your teeth, over time, the teeth can develop tiny cracks, which allow sensation to be transmitted to the nerve of your tooth, causing short, sharp pains. This reaction – known as “cracked tooth syndrome” – can cause sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and an aversion to eating on one side of the mouth.
A tooth may also be sensitive to biting pressure, causing a sharp pain that shoots deep into the nerve endings. Sensitivity to pressure and cold usually indicates a problem, and can be diagnosed by your dentist. Simple solutions – perhaps a dab of fluoride or bonding material overlaid on the worn part of your tooth for larger areas – can bring great relief.
If your teeth are sensitive along the gumline and you experience discomfort only when brushing, this can suggest you have an exposed area of dentin, the proteinrich layer under the enamel that acts as the tooth’s inbuilt shock absorber. Because tooth enamel is thinner along the gumline, it can be worn away by abrasion from hard-bristled toothbrushes or aggressive brushing. Using a medium or hard toothbrush can irritate your gums, leading to some recession, whereas a soft brush with proper use – without aggressive brushing – can care for your teeth more gently. Switching to an electric toothbrush is also useful in reducing damage.
Don’t hesitate to visit your dentist to review any sensitivity. You’ll then be able to enjoy a painless ice-cold drink on a hot Singapore day!
– Dr Dianne Sainsbury Dentist
Family Dentistry, Now on One Floor!
Smilefocus’s children’s dental clinic has moved to the 8th floor of Camden Medical Centre, joining its “adult” clinic on the same level – and making it more convenient for families to get their teeth cleaned all at once! Previously on the 14th level of the same building, the new children’s clinic offers a dedicated kids’ area with a plasma TV to ensure all are well entertained while waiting for their appointments. 6733 9882 | smilefocus.com.sg
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
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