When Mr Ang Kian Peng visited a voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) in 2013, he saw what was served during mealtime: A mishmash of processed and deep-fried food, such as hot dogs and chicken nuggets. But he was appalled because “most of the beneficiaries are suffering from some sort of illness, so if you continue to feed them that kind of unhealthy food, you're worsening the conditions”.
Mr Ang left feeling disturbed – and determined to help them and Samsui Kitchen was created to provide healthy food for beneficiaries of nursing homes and charities.
Samsui has since grown exponentially. It now churns out more than 1.5 million meals annually for the elderly and the less fortunate, with a central kitchen located in the Changi Prison Complex.
The longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, an eye-related complication of diabetes that is a leading cause of blindness in young and middle-aged adults. An estimated 1 in 3 individuals with diabetes develop diabetic retinopathy.
According to HealthHub, about 440,000 Singapore residents aged 18 years and above had diabetes in 2014, and the number is estimated to grow to 1 million in 2050. The rise in the incidence of diabetes in Singapore has led to a concurrent rise in cases of diabetic retinopathy.
Anyone suffering from diabetes, both type 1 and 2, is at risk of diabetic retinopathy which occurs when excess sugar in your blood blocks the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina, cutting off its blood supply. New blood vessels develop but these are immature and leak easily, bleeding into the eye cavity and affecting vision.
There are so many good reasons to start dropping kilos - you look better, feel more confident, and reduce your chances of developing diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.
But the downside of weight loss that no one really talks about? Losing bone.
Said Dr Henry Chan, orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Orchard: "Excessive weight loss will trigger the body into a catabolic (deconstruction) state. It will tip the bone repair mechanism into negative balance, so more bone is lost rather than built."
Your BMI is often the first thing the doctor looks at when assessing your risk of osteoporosis. The healthy range is between 18 and 23. If your BMI falls below 18, you fall into the at-risk group. When you start losing weight, ensure you do not dip below the lower limit.