International Medical Clinic’s Dr. Nav Uppal shares 5 things everyone should do to protect his or her health in Singapore.
“Living in the tropics and going on frequent trips around Asia may mean you are exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases,” explains Dr. Nav Uppal, who works at the clinic’s Jelita branch. Book a consultation with your doctor at least six weeks before your trip to discuss advice on vaccines, and food and water hygiene.
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A healthy diet and stable weight can lower your risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. “Losing just 5 to 10 percent of your starting weight can make a big difference,” says Dr. Nav.
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“Health screenings are replacing one-size-fits-all yearly physicals,” shares Dr. Nav. Instead, make sure to go over your individual health history and family history and get a thorough physical examination. “This should prompt appropriate screenings, tailor-made to your specific needs and risk factors,” she says.
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Dengue, Zika, malaria and other diseases are carried by mosquitos. The best protection? Prevent getting bitten. While visiting hotspots, remain in well-screened areas, wear clothing that covers the arms and legs, and apply insect repellent to both skin and clothing. IMC stocks a special long-lasting repellent safe for kids as young as 6 months.
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“Stress is a common emotion and completely natural, particularly for those with high levels of responsibility,” assures Dr. Nav. However, between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50 percent worldwide. Having trouble coping? Speak to your GP. The key is sharing your feelings and seeking help before things get worse.
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From, The Finder Directory 2018, January 2018
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