LATEST - Issue 150 (Sep/Oct 17)
You are what you eat. We have all heard the saying, but most of us are probably not totally convinced it's true. After all, some of us may live on an unhealthy diet but we feel or look fine. So are we really what we eat?
We certainly are. Nutrients nourish and sustain our muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. The bettter our diet, the healthier our body. As we get older, it is important to consume healthy foods and eating should be an enjoyable social activity. In this issue, we speak to Dr Lim Si Ching, Senior Consultant, Geriatric Medicine, CGH about nutrition concerns among the elderly, tips to improve their nutrition and its impact on health.
We also highlight the launch of the Nutritional Health for the Elderly Reference Centre in Singapore, aimed at driving regional leadership in nutrition for the elderly by studying the association between nutrition and health outcomes, establishing nutrition standards for the elderly in Asia, and developing solutions customised to the Asian context.
Singapore's population is ageing rapidly, so much so that in less than 10 years, one in five people in the nation will be 65 years or older. This is a cause of growing medical concern - according to a nationwide study conducted in 2015, one in 10 people aged 60 and above in Singapore today has dementia. As we work towards building greater awareness of the disease in our society, Dr Lim sheds light on the condition, educating us on the difference between delirium and dementia, how dementia progresses, and what happens to an elderly person with dementia when they are admitted to hospital.
In other sections, learn more about obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and the link between the condition and type 2 diabetes mellitus, understand the psychological triggers behind skin conditions, and how you can be a source of support for a grieving friend or family member.
I hope you enjoy this issue we have put together for you. Happy reading and stay healthy!
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