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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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Pacific Cross inaugurates new office space in Rockwell

Apart from the office, the insurance company has kept all other communication lines open, such as hotlines, e-mail and social media, for all inquiries.

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As the country heads to the next normal, Pacific Cross, transfers to its new home in Rockwell, Makati. The leading medical and travel insurance provider is dedicated to continuously improve its services by offering modern, accessible, and better business spaces to all its clients and partners. 
Previously headquartered in Makati Avenue, the insurance company moves closer to its existing and potential clients in 8 Rockwell, making Pacific Cross services easily accessible and convenient for visiting customers. President and CEO Victor Tanjuakio headed the office blessing of all three new office floors, joined by Pacific Cross executives, officers and hybrid on-site and remote set-up employees. 

According to Tanjuakio, the move was strategic to keep up with the times as it adjusts to the world changed by the pandemic. “We are committed to serving our clients better amidst the ongoing global health crisis and abiding by the government’s health initiatives,” the Pacific Cross President and CEO said. “We can achieve this by supporting customers and employees’ safety in our modern and refreshed client and partner center hub.”

Apart from the office, the insurance company has kept all other communication lines open, such as hotlines, e-mail and social media, for all inquiries. 

A part of the Pacific Cross Group which operates in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, Pacific Cross Philippines offers a wide array of medical and travel plans designed to give clients peace of mind. In addition to insurance plans for individuals and families, Pacific Cross is also working to strengthen its offerings to groups, corporate accounts and the middle-class sector. This aim includes further diversifying Pacific Cross’s product portfolio while staying on the pulse of the target market on health, travel, HMO and second-layer medical coverage.

Visit Pacific Cross on the 2nd, 8th, and 18th Floors of 8 Rockwell Building, Makati City. Discover which Pacific Cross insurance plan is best for you online at www.pacificcross.com.ph or e-mail info@pacificcross.com.ph.

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Garmin’s Venu 2 Plus puts calls, texts, access to phone’s voice assistant right on your wrist

Garmin’s latest offering lets users take calls, access their compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, control compatible smart home devices and more.

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Garmin Philippines announced the arrival of Venu 2 Plus GPS smartwatch in the country. Garmin’s latest offering lets users take calls, access  their compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, control compatible smart home devices and more. These voice-controlled functionalities join the robust suite of health, wellness and fitness features of Garmin’s Venu 2 Series. With a bright AMOLED display and battery life of up to nine days, the Venu 2 Plus is a direct line to wellbeing for active Filipinos.

“To support Filipinos’ drive to have a more active lifestyle where multi-tasking is crucial, Garmin presents a smartwatch that can give users the ability to answer calls or send texts without digging through their pocket or bag,” said Garmin Asia Director Scoppen Lin. “Garmin lets its user focus on their workout with the Venu 2 Plus’ on-device voice capabilities, on top of the signature features that the popular Venu 2 series is known for.” 

Here’s what’s new for the Venu 2 Plus:

·       Phone calls from the wrist: Users can make and take phone calls with the press of a button.

·       Voice assistant control: Compatible with Siri, Google Assistant or Bixby, users can utilize their smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, ask questions, control compatible smart home devices and more.

All-day health monitoring

The Venu 2 Plus dials into wellbeing with the broadest range of 24/7 health monitoring features available, including: heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings2), advanced sleep with sleep score and insights by Firstbeat AnalyticsTM, breathwork activities, fitness age, respiration, Pulse Ox, all-day stress, hydration, and women’s health (menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking). Body BatteryTM energy monitoring shows users how “charged” their body is, as well as the draining effects of stress and exercise. Health SnapshotTM logs a two-minute window of key health stats and generates a report users can share with a health care provider; a great tool for capturing physiological data anytime you’re feeling off your baseline.

Customized fitness

The Venu 2 Plus pulls in all of the latest fitness features recently introduced on the Venu 2 series including over 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favorites that include walking, running, HIIT, cycling, pool swimming, Pilates, yoga, indoor climbing, hiking, advanced strength training with muscle map graphics and more.

Preloaded workouts can also be found on the watch and preset workouts are available for download from Garmin ConnectTM app on user’s smartphone. Customizable workouts may be created by choosing from over 1,400 exercises. The Venu 2 Plus has more than 75 preset animated workouts that demonstrate proper form and technique in Garmin Connect and on the wrist. Whether training for a 5K or longer, the device is compatible with Garmin Coach free adaptive training plans.

Safety and tracking

The Venu 2 Plus also includes Garmin’s safety and tracking features such as automatic incident detection (during outdoor walks, runs or rides)3 and manually triggered assistance alerts, both of which send a message with the user’s location to their emergency contacts. LiveTrack lets friends and family track the user’s outdoor activity3. Users can also assign a designated emergency contact that the Venu 2 Plus can call, such as local emergency services.

Smart features on the wrist

The Venu 2 Plus keeps the essentials on the wrist with built-in music (download up to 650 songs including playlists from Spotify, Amazon Music, and Deezer4), and smart notifications for calls, texts, calendar reminders, social media updates, breaking news stories and more3. Users may personalize the Venu 2 Plus with apps, watch faces and more available to download from the Connect IQTM store. Unlike many other smartwatches, the Venu 2 Plus can be used with either Android or Apple smartphones.

Designed for all-day wear

·       The Venu 2 Plus has a 43mm watch case, stainless steel bezel and hardware, and a comfortable, 20mm industry-standard quick release silicone band. Mix and match bands and bezels.

·       It boasts a durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen AMOLED display with optional, always-on mode.

·       The Venu 2 Plus is powered by an impressive battery life that lasts up to 9 days in smartwatch mode and up to 8 hours in GPS + Music mode.

·       It is capable of rapid battery recharge with 10 minutes of charging which adds up to one day of smartwatch mode battery life or one hour of GPS + music battery life. Users may extend the time further with battery saver mode.

Don’t miss out on Garmin’s special promotion! First 75 customers can get a free Garmin Tote Bag for every purchase of Garmin Venu 2 Plus watch for only PHP 25,695. The device is available in Black, Ivory and Powder Gray at Garmin Brand Storeskinetic.com.phLazadaShopee and Garmin PH Viber Community.

The Venu 2 Plus was recognized at the recently concluded CES 2022 global tech-event as an Innovation Awards honoree.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized the wellness industry. Committed to developing wearables and health measurement tools that help people of all activity levels lead healthier lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

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Challenge your age with Provital Immuna Plus

It’s never too late to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. All it takes is the right motivation, and you’ll have more years to enjoy with yourself and your family.

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Having a regular exercise regimen helps the body to prepare better for the coming years so, it is important to jumpstart that workout and maintain physical activity to help prevent health problems later on in life.  

Staying active at any age helps improve heart and lung health. Research has also shown that even modest physical activity is good for the brain, bones, and muscles.Studies have linked lifelong exercise with keeping people healthier for longer by delaying the onset of chronic conditions or diseases and cognitive decline, reducing the risk of fractures, and helping promote mental wellness.

The best time to start taking proactive steps with your health is now. 

It’s never too late to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. All it takes is the right motivation, and you’ll have more years to enjoy with yourself and your family. 

Fuel for a healthy lifestyle

Challenge yourself into having a Life 5.0 Activated lifestyle by activating your body, nutrition, and passion. Fuel your body with healthy and balanced nutrition, together with the New PROVITAL Immuna Plus with Triple Immune Protection nutrients. 

Get more out of life by having a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle, with less worries about infections and diseases that can slow you down. The New PROVITAL Immuna Plus from Mead Johnson Nutrition, a company with over a century of science-based nutrition experience, has Triple Immune Protection nutrients. It is formulated with Yeast Beta-Glucan that is scientifically proven to help activate immune response to fight against infections and colds. It is a high source of Selenium, Zinc, and Vitamins A, C, and E, which are anti-oxidants that help regulate immune function and strengthen the body’s defenses. 

The new PROVITAL Immuna Plus is also a good way to supplement Calcium and Protein in your diet. Calcium contributes to the strengthening of bones and Protein contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass to help support the body’s mobility for an active lifestyle. 

“Living like a pro means strengthening your immune system and protecting your health well into your advanced years. The pandemic has encouraged more Filipinos to make healthier lifestyle choices, with the realization that we need to take better care of ourselves so that we can live longer and happier. With its scientifically-designed formulation, New PROVITAL Immuna Plus is your partner in continuously achieving your life goals,” says Matthew Davis, Marketing Head of Reckitt Philippines.

Join the Life 5.0 Activated movement to “Enhance your immunity, enhance your life” along with industry awarded and multi-hyphenated Filipino celebrity, Dawn Zulueta and OPM icon, ZsaZsa Padilla, by learning more about how fitness and nutrition can come together to help you lead a quality life. 

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