Learning to live well with diabetes

(From third left) Chong and Rica Mier with representatives of Caring Pharmacy and Nestle Health Science at the public forum launch.

HEALTH Ministry statistics reveal that some 3.6 million Malaysians are suffering from diabetes, the highest in Asia and one of the highest in the world. It is estimated that seven million Malaysian adults are likely to have diabetes by 2025.

To commemorate World Diabetes Day 2019, Caring Pharmacy organised a public forum, “Live Well with Diabetes”, together with Nestle Health Science at Oak Hall, Menara OBYU, Damansara Perdana, Selangor.

Launched by Caring Pharmacy managing director Chong Yeow Siang and Nestle Health Science Cluster Business executive officer Maria Rica Mier, the public forum was among various Caring diabetes public outreach programmes, which included the You Can Live Well with Diabetes book and Diabetes Corner which were launched in November last year.

Among the forum’s highlights was the Glucocare Challenge and certificate presentation to participants of a three-month challenge, comprising patient counselling, regular blood sugar level monitoring and a specially crafted meal plan that adopted Nestle Health Science’s “Nutren Untuk Diabetik”.

“Diabetes is a condition at the forefront of our organisation’s focus and we are delighted to partner with Nestle Health Science while taking the opportunity to share the positive results yielded from our Glucocare Challenge collaboration.

“The challenge demonstrated positive change for those who took part. It truly supported the participants to take charge of their health, ” Chong said.

Attendees were given the opportunity to understand and learn about the role of nutrition in the management of diabetes through special educational stations placed throughout the hall.

Each station housed a specific theme to educate participants on diet, nutrition and exercise.

Healthcare experts from Becton Dickinson Sdn Bhd, Duopharma Biotech Bhd and Bionime Malaysia Sdn Bhd were invited to give talks on myths and misconceptions of dealing with diabetes and insulin, insulin injection techniques and diabetes e-health ecosystem.

Nestle Health Science’s dietitian Rachel Liu also shared how to introduce meal replacements as part of one’s daily meal planning.

She gave a presentation on the importance of creating a balanced food plan with the inclusion of a specific formula suitable for those with diabetes.

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