As Filipinos like salty condiments (patis, soy sauce, bagoong) and fatty foods (crispy pata, lechon, and chicharon), following a healthy diet should be a priority.
Did you know that 28% of Filipinos smoke? That’s more than 17 million people!
If you’re a smoker, now is the best time to quit. Cigarettes are a huge health hazard. It doesn’t just increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, but also cancer.
Drinking alcohol is also a risk factor. A 2021 survey by the Department of Health revealed that 4 in 10 Filipinos drank alcohol in 30 days before the survey. Results also showed that 1 in 3 participants drink 6 or more glasses in a single drinking⁸.
Lack of Physical Activity
Recent data suggest that 67% of Filipinos are moving less now, and they can already feel its effects.
Not only is a sedentary lifestyle associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular ailments, but it also predisposes you to other diseases like diabetes and obesity – both of which are also risk factors.
Several diseases affecting Filipinos increase the risk of heart disease. One in 4 Filipinos has hypertension. Around 27 million in the country are obese. And finally, a 2021 report identified that 1 in every 14 Filipino adults has diabetes, which is also one of the top causes of death in the Philippines.
Also, did you know that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is usually underdiagnosed, is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases? OSA is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder where you repeatedly stop and start breathing in your sleep. If you suspect OSA, it’s best that you consult your doctor as soon as possible.
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