Health, dietary tips tackled in media forum PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 13:43

The Department of Science and Technology-9 (DOST-9) released several healthy and dietary tips during a media forum held in partnership with Del Monte Philippines Inc. at the Grand Astoria Hotel yesterday.

Among the tips is blood pressure control. Below 130/80 is the target for most people.

According to the DOST tips, blood pressure can be put under control by eating more fruits and vegetables, taking low-salt and low sodium food. Losing weighs is also needed , being physically active, not smoking and limiting alcohol drinks.

For cholesterol control, everyone is advised to undergo check up at least once a year.

The target for most people for low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol is below 100. High density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol should be above 40 for men and above 50 for women. Triglycerides should be below 150.

Making physical activity as part of daily routine is also advised. It aims for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Have a check with the doctor to learn what activities that is best for us.

It is also advised that food that are we taking are “heart healthy” that include high fiber fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads and oats.

Cut back on meats, butter and dairy products. Limit foods with transfat such as potato chips.

Losing weight if you need to. If you are overweight, try to exercise most days of the week. Consult a registered dietitian for help in planning meals and lowering the fat and calorie content of your diet to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Quitting smoking will also decrease your risk of heart disease because smoking is the major cause of atherosclerosis or buildup of fatty substance in the arteries which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Moreover, studies have shown that low dose of aspirin everyday can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The DOST has also emphasized that peope should consult a doctor before taking a daily dose of aspirin because it is contraindicated if you have a bleeding disorder.

Present during the one-day affair were Noemi Edaga, Regional director of the PIA IX, Dr. Zenaida Narcisco, chief Science Research Specialist, DOST-FNRI, Ms Malou Galang, Senior Science Research Specialits, DOST-FNRI and Mr. Martin Joseph Fausto of Del Monte Philippines Inc. – Dan Toribio Jr.