Another contributing factor for the Filipinos’ increased risk for diabetes is the traditional diet of white rice.
As in most Asian countries, rice is one of our food staples. Traditionally, Filipinos will have at least a cup of rice per meal. Our love for rice has even given birth to the famous “extra rice” and “unli rice” cultures.
The problem is, some studies have already identified that eating white rice regularly can increase our diabetes risk by up to 1.5%.
3. Challenged Medical Care
Another contributing factor to the increased risk of diabetes in the Philippines is the healthcare system.
In the review, Diabetes Care in the Philippines, the author mentioned that our national insurance system does not offer comprehensive diabetes care in a preventive model. Moreover, private insurance companies often only have limited diabetes care packages.
This challenge in our medical care only means that Filipinos often have to rely on “out-of-pocket” expenses for their diabetes medical needs, like diagnostic tests and daily medications.
Current Diabetes Management in the Philippines
As of now, the DOH has been taking measures to curb the rising diabetes statistics in the Philippines.
The DOH’s nationwide efforts in preventing and controlling diabetes and its complications include: