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Healthy ways to control your diabetes

In 2020, deaths due to Type 2 diabetes mellitus or adult diabetes ranked fourth at 37,265 after heart disease (99,680), cancer (62,289), and cerebrovascular diseases (59,736), as revealed by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data.

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Diabetes has been a bitter pill to swallow, particularly for countries affected by the rising number of cases every year. In 2019, approximately 463 million adults (20-79 years) were living with this chronic metabolic disease, characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels; by 2045, this will rise to 700 million, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). 

A similar trend is also happening in the Philippines. In 2020, deaths due to Type 2 diabetes mellitus or adult diabetes ranked fourth at 37,265 after heart disease (99,680), cancer (62,289), and cerebrovascular diseases (59,736), as revealed by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data. 

However, having diabetes does not mean you can never have a healthy, everyday life.  

Working closely with your doctor can help you manage diabetes, and you can also start focusing on some critical changes in your daily life. Here are some ways to manage your blood sugar levels, as listed by the Department of Health (DOH).  

Keep yourself active. Despite being inside your home most of the time due to existing lockdowns and community quarantines, staying active is crucial to help control your blood sugar levels. A little cardio can be a big help, no need to push yourself to do hardcore workouts. 

Workout at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes each session. Not only can it help you bring down your blood sugar levels, but it can also help you lose some extra pounds, increase your endorphins (happy hormones) and ease stress.  

Manage your stress. Getting stressed when you have diabetes will do you no good. When you’re stressed, your blood sugar levels go up. That is why it pays to relieve your stress by doing hobbies that relax you and doing some breathing exercises or yoga. 

Quit Smoking. Smoking is harmful to your health, especially if you have diabetes. In addition, it may trigger other health problems, such as heart disease, eye disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Smoking also can make it harder to exercise. If you’re a smoker, consult with your doctor about the ways to quit. 

Maintain normal blood pressure. Since hypertension puts a person at high risk of cardiovascular disease, primarily associated with diabetes, reliable blood pressure monitoring and control is highly advised. Seek your doctor’s advice on proper management. 

Eat healthy. Eating healthy food is crucial when you have diabetes. Do not skip or delay meals since it causes fluctuations in blood sugar levels. It also pays to eat more fiber-rich foods like vegetables and cut down on salt. Drinking alcohol, on the other hand, must be avoided. Dietary guidelines recommend no more than two drinks for men and not more than one drink per day for women. 

‘Eating Sweets? Still Possible’ 

When it comes to eating sweets, it is advised to avoid simple sugars like cakes and chocolates. But it does not mean that you can’t let anything sweet pass your lips again. Instead, have complex carbohydrates like rice, pasta, cereals, and fresh fruits.  

You can use some alternative sweeteners now available in nearby drugstores nationwide. For instance, Santé, a premier natural and organic health and wellness product and services provider,  offers Sweet Via, a sweetener from a natural source with amazing health benefits. 

Sweet Via is made with stevia, a natural substitute for sugar, derived from the leaves of a small perennial green shrub. Anyone who suffers from blood sugar disorders or who needs to limit their caloric intake should know about the remarkable properties of stevia. It is an accepted sugar substitute that can contribute to weight management and improved caloric control.[1] 

Aside from stevia, Sweet Via contains Inulin, a natural soluble dietary fiber from a chicory plant that promotes digestive health. It acts as food for good bacteria in the colon. Studies also suggest that Inulin aids in keeping blood sugar levels low.[2] 

Free from artificial additives, Sweet Via turns sweets into a treat without the guilt. It is also a perfect sweetener for not only for people with diabetes but also perfect for weight watchers and those who want to cut down on their sugar or calorie intake.  

Sweet Via is now available in leading drugstores nationwide and online shopping platforms, such as Shopee and Lazada. This product comes in a box containing 10 sachets. Each sachet contains 1g of the sweetener, equivalent to 2 teaspoons of sugar. It instantly sweetens any beverage and food recipe minus the guilt and harmful effects of too much sugar. 

This product is just one of the many other organic health and wellness products offered by Santé, known for developing a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. They are designed to improve people’s quality of life so they can live more and do more. 

To learn more about Santé, visit its website at santebarley.com.   

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3 Vital purposes why there is a need to have a go-to medical shop

Medical Depot, a long-time medical supplier and among the reliable go-to medical shops in the Philippines, contributes to bridging this healthcare accessibility gap and consumer demand in many parts of the country by aggressively expanding its touchpoints to reach hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.

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To address healthcare inequities and ever-changing public health demands, the attainability of medical equipment is necessary.

World Health Organization specified that access to high-quality, fairly priced, and appropriate healthcare products are critical – for universal health coverage, medical emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.

With this global concern, go-to medical shops exist to help communities around the world. These are retail shops offering a wide array of healthcare products, medical equipment, and supplies. Below are three vital purposes why there is a need to have a go-to medical shop.

Bridging the Medical Equipment Accessibility Gap and Demand

Amid the pandemic, a significant problem the world faces are the inaccessibility and shortage of healthcare product needs.

This issue will expect to rise in the next five years as “the medical devices market in the Philippines is currently in Growth Stage, with an increase in number of hospitals, high prevalence of chronic diseases, rising instances of heart and kidney failures…” (Ken Research, 2022) which means medical equipment is not only critical to modern healthcare today but will be even more critical in the future.

Medical Depot, a long-time medical supplier and among the reliable go-to medical shops in the Philippines, contributes to bridging this healthcare accessibility gap and consumer demand in many parts of the country by aggressively expanding its touchpoints to reach hundreds of thousands of Filipinos with a wide variety of medical needs from pharmaceutical, medical supplies, COVID-19 related products to hospital equipment that other prominent players in the medical industry do not offer.

Access to High Quality and Affordable Medicines

With the health and lives of millions at stake, the medical industry continues to evolve with innovations and products fit for the community. Having go-to medical shops in the country can ensure the public an access to high quality and affordable medicines, supplies, and equipment that can cater to their needs boost the health of the Filipinos.

“The end goal is for patients to receive the best available and affordable treatment for their illnesses.” (Harsono, Ng, 2018) With reliable and trusted medical shops available in the market today, there is more options for Filipinos to gain quality and affordable medicines that they need for everyday life.

Contributes to the Community

When enough medical supplies are accessible and near community medical facilities, it can address many of the community’s health concerns.

Through a go-to medical shop, local public and private clinics and hospitals can easily obtain affordable medical equipment that are needed to help them fulfill their healthcare and medical duties. Also, convenient reach and access of pharmaceutical products and medical equipment can boost community confidence in accepting healthcare treatments, which is foundational to improving healthcare outcomes (NRC Health, 2019).

While life may have slowed down during the pandemic, businesses have had to pivot fast to serve their customers.

This inspired Medical Depot in 2021 to pursue its e-commerce platform that help redesign the way they serve their customers and the local community. Easy access to online medical supplies, products, and equipment can help many Filipinos all over the country. To date, the company offers its solutions and products to the public through their e-commerce platform and 40 branches nationwide.

 To learn more about what they offer and the latest updates, visit the Medical Depot PH website or their Facebook page.

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Pru Life UK makes access to insurance easy

The initiative is part of Pru Life UK’s drive towards the company’s goals to make health protection accessible to everyone, particularly to the financially underserved sectors of society. Shopee’s wide reach and high user base makes it an ideal platform that connects Filipinos to insurance products that fit their budget.

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Pru Life UK has now made its health protection products accessible to more Filipino families through e-vouchers now available in Shopee.

The initiative is part of Pru Life UK’s drive towards the company’s goals to make health protection accessible to everyone, particularly to the financially underserved sectors of society. Shopee’s wide reach and high user base makes it an ideal platform that connects Filipinos to insurance products that fit their budget.

“Pru Life UK strongly believes that Filipinos from all walks of life should have easy access to life insurance products. Being on the Shopee platform aims to encourage everyone to protect themselves and those who matter to them with products at price points they can afford,” Pru Life UK President and Chief Executive Officer Eng Teng Wong said.

Shopee users can purchase e-vouchers for PRUDengue MedCare and PRUDengue MedCare Pro which are redeemable in Pulse, Pru Life UK’s health and wealth mobile app. Both of which are available in two different packages. PRUDengue MedCare Package A and B are priced at Php 200 and Php 300 respectively, while PRUDengue MedCare Package A and B are priced at Php 240 and Php 350. All Package A products offer six months of dengue coverage while all Package B products cover 12 months.

Both products offer a lump sum benefit of Php 10,000 for the life insured upon diagnosis of dengue. PRUDengue MedCare Pro, on the other hand, also provides a lump sum benefit of Php 100,000 if the life assured passes away due to dengue.

Dengue is a widespread infectious disease with 208,170 annual average number of cases in the country from 2010 to 20191. From January to June this year, there have been around 45,416 dengue cases reported in the Philippines2. According to an article from The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene3, the average cost of a dengue treatment in the country is around Php 35,000 in private hospitals and around Php 17,000 in public hospitals.

“Offering insurance products at affordable prices is something we will always push for because we want to promote financial inclusion by offering protection coverage to all Filipinos and help everyone get the most out of life,” Wong added. The company will be adding other types of plans to cater to different protection and financial needs of Filipinos in the coming months.

Filipinos aged 18-59 are eligible to buy the product as the policyowner and they can also avail it for their kids who are aged 1-17. Overseas Filipino Workers may also buy the e-vouchers in Shopee and share with their loved ones in the Philippines. The policyowner and the life insured must be in the country at the time of the sale/redemption in Pulse.

To buy the product e-vouchers, go to the Shopee app and type “Pru Life UK” in the search box. On the Pru Life UK page, choose an e-voucher and pay. Pru Life UK will send an email with the e-voucher. Click the “Redeem Now” button from the email and redeem the e-voucher in Pulse’s PRUShoppe.

For more information about Pru Life UK’s offerings and products, visit www.prulifeuk.com.ph or their official Shopee store www.shopee.ph/prulifeukofficial.

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Here’s how you can prepare for your kids going back to school

The Clorox Company is the top five most trusted brands in the US and was named as the 2021 Safer Choice Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Clorox is made up of diverse brands, including Clorox, Glad, Prestone and Pine-sol , that have been sold in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years.

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Mariel Padilla is not just one of the loveliest faces in showbusiness. She is also a wife to Senator Robin Padilla and mom to two lovely girls. The actress, TV host, cooking enthusiast, influencer, brand ambassador and entrepreneur describes herself as ä hands on wife, mom and homemaker.”

On July 15, catch Mariel’s LazLive event at 6:30pm where she will talk about her favorites from Clorox, Glad, Pine-sol and Prestone and how they can make moms’ back-to-school preparations more seamless and hassle-free. Find out how you can get 20% off at The Clorox Company store on Lazmall (https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/the-clorox-company/?path=index.htm) from July 15-17.

“I would love to share what my must-haves are from Clorox, Glad and Pine-sol when it comes to cleaning and tidying up. Prestone, of course, is also important because it makes sure the car is in tip-top shape for hatid-sundo to and from school, I really trust Clorox, Glad, Prestone and Pine-sol to help me run our home more efficiently and to make sure my family is always happy and safe,” said Mariel, who disclosed that Clorox Disinfecting Wipes is one of her must-haves.

Mariel is very fastidious and meticulous when it comes to cleaning because she wants her family to always be healthy. Aside from the Clorox Expert Disinfecting Wipes, Mariel also likes the Prestone Disinfecting Car Wipes, which kills 99.9% of bacteria in your car; Pine-sol Multi-purpose Cleaner, which is best for cleaning floors; Clorox Clean-up Cleaner Spray, which is great for removing stubborn bathroom stains;  Glad Sandwich Bags, which are lunch box indispensables; and Glad Mini Cling Wrap, which help keep kids’baon fresh for a longer period of time.

The Clorox Company is the top five most trusted brands in the US and was named as the 2021 Safer Choice Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Clorox is made up of diverse brands, including Clorox, Glad, Prestone and Pine-sol , that have been sold in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years.

Make sure to tune in to Mariel Padilla’s LazLive on July 15 at 6:30pm to find out more about Clorox’s best products for hands-on moms who want to make sure their kids are ready for face-to-face school!

The promo is only applicable for online purchases from the official brand store in Lazada and not for on-site purchases. For more information, go to The Clorox Company on Lazmall and follow the brands’ Instagram accounts: @cloroxph, @prestoneph, and @gladkitchenph.

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