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SATA CommHealth Supports World Diabetes Day with Complimentary Blood Glucose and Digital Retinal Photography Tests

Free blood pressure and eye checks will also be given; Highly subsidised diabetic foot screening will be available; Nutrition talks on preventing diabetes will be held for public

Singapore, Singapore, November 10, 2016 --( In support of World Diabetes Day 2016 (WDD), SATA CommHealth, a social enterprise cum voluntary welfare organisation will offer free point-of-care blood glucose, blood pressure and digital retinal photography screenings at its network of five medical centres from 14 November till the end of the month. The theme for WDD 2016 is "Eyes on Diabetes." Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness globally. Early detection and timely treatment of diabetic retinopathy can prevent vision loss and reduce the impact of diabetes on individuals, their caregivers and society. This initiative to support World Diabetes Day is in line with SATA CommHealth’s mission of promoting lifelong health and serving the community.

The public will be able to call the hotline to book the screening tests or for a seat at the nutrition talk. This is also available to anyone who meets the medical condition and would like to have the digital retina photography test conducted to screen for diabetic retinopathy. Diabetics can also opt to undergo diabetic foot screening at a highly subsidised price of $5.

According to a new report by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), it revealed that Singapore has the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations. It said 10.53 percent of people in Singapore aged between 20 and 79 are estimated to have the chronic disease, after correcting for age differences between the countries. Only the United States fared worse, with a percentage of 10.75. This represents an increase from 4.7 percent in 1984 and 9 per cent in 2004.

The Ministry of Health has declared war on diabetes in April this year and has outlined three steps. The steps outlined include promoting a healthy lifestyle and reduce obesity rates in order to cut down on new diabetes cases; strengthen early screening and intervention to identify the disease early among those at risk or undiagnosed and thirdly, support better disease control to slow disease progression, and reduce complications.

Five in six people who have diabetic retinopathy (DR), or damage to the blood vessels in the eye, are unaware that they have the condition based on a study published in May 2015 by the British Journal of Ophthalmology. DR is the top cause of blindness among working age adults in Singapore, causing an estimated 600 people to be totally blind and over 8,000 to lose their sight in one eye. With Singapore having an estimated 600,000 diabetics aged 18 to 69, this means about 180,000 have the eye condition and only 30,000 have been diagnosed. (Source: Singapore Eye Research Institute)

Dr K Thomas Abraham, Chief Executive Officer, SATA CommHealth on the initiative, “We support World Diabetes Day due to the high incidence of diabetics and that many Singaporeans who may be unaware that they may be diabetic or pre-diabetic. It is in SATA CommHealth’s interest to help to detect and prevent diabetes from the onset of this chronic disease as it is part of our mission of promoting lifelong health and serving the community. Moreover, as our government is going all out to combat this chronic disease, we want to create awareness of this debilitating condition.”

On site at its medical centre at Bedok and Jurong East Community Health Centre, nutrition talks will also be conducted by our resident dietician who will address common questions on food & diabetes, on the common notions of limiting certain foods such as sugar to prevent diabetes. There will be sharing of simple, practical dietary & lifestyle tips at the talks.

Diabetes Health Checks schedule

Date : 14 - 16 November 2016
Venue: SATA CommHealth Jurong Medical Centre

Date : 17 - 18 & 21 November 2016
Venue: SATA CommHealth Woodlands Medical Centre

Date : 22 - 24 November 2016
Venue: SATA CommHealth Uttamram Medical Centre

Date : 25 , 28 - 29 November 2016
Venue: SATA CommHealth Ang Mo Kio Medical Centre

Date : 30 November 2016
Venue: SATA CommHealth Tanjong Pagar Clinic

Nutrition Talks

Date: 15 November 2016
Time: 12.30 – 1.30pm
Venue: Jurong East Community Health Centre

Date: 22 November 2016
Time: 12.30 - 1.30pm
Venue: SATA CommHealth Uttamram Medical Centre
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Esther Kong
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