Correct. You read it right.
According to the Department of Health, in a study conducted from 1992 to 2008, at least one poor Pinoy suffers from stroke every nine minutes.
In addition to the statement above from the DOH, they also revealed that over 276 Filipinos die of heart disease every day.
And every year, it is just getting worse.
If you would like to know what the leading causes of deaths in the United States are for the past 75 years, you would be surprised that they haven’t changed that much. Among the top 10 killers from 1935 to 2010 are still:
1. Heart Disease
4. Diabetes (I will discuss this on a separate section)
From the global standpoint, the same holds true.
The World Health Organization ranks Ischaemic Heart Disease and Stroke as two of the leading champions of mortality from year 2000 to 2012.
Despite the aggressive campaign of so many giant health organizations and medical institutions, the numbers just kept rising year after year, decade after decade.
Now, I cannot just sit down, relax, and be totally oblivious to the fact while witnessing our poor kababayans succumb to these alarming conditions that are actually…
I know, you know, and everyone knows, that all the medical ailments mentioned above are Lifestyle-Related.
This means that they are not caused by any infection. They are degenerative and are strongly influenced by the way how we behave day-in, day-out.
It takes time to develop. Years, perhaps decades before the first symptoms appear.
I remember when I was still practicing medicine in the Philippines, there will seldom be any day that I don’t encounter a patient without hypertension (“altapresyon” in Tagalog).
We Pinoys used to have a belief “Mayayaman lang ang ‘can afford’ magkaroon ng altapresyon, sakit sa puso, at stroke.”
(It is only the rich who can afford to have hypertension, heart disease, and stroke).
But now, time has changed. Even people who belong to the low socio-economic groups are not exempted from the rich men’s diseases.
Yes, our nation is moving forward in terms of technology, infrastructure, and even better life expectancy.
But in lieu with the advancement that is taking place locally and globally, the real question of progress however still remains within each and one of us –IS MY CURRENT HEALTH STATUS MOVING TOWARDS SATISFACTORY PROGRESS TOO?
“Umasenso ka nga, may sakit ka naman sa puso o kalahati ng katawan mo ay patay na.” (You might have financially prospered in life but you now have heart disease or half of your body is already incapacitated).
As a medical doctor, I can only do so much to help my patients. I don’t really like prescribing medications if it can be avoided.
I always advocate that PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CURE.
The purpose of this post is not to scare you, but to somehow shake you a bit and wake you up to the reality of what has really been going on for decades – not only in our country, but globally.
The figures above are all true and they are happening.
Don’t be just another number for the statistical studies in the future.
If you have high blood pressure or you are not sure and you think you might be having the symptoms, consider that there is no other time to take action, but NOW.
In future posts, I will talk more about this bully condition, along with other metabolic problems, that affect millions of people and ways how to perhaps go around and get away from them.
For now, visit your nearest health care provider for proper evaluation and treatment.
Remember, YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT WEALTH.
Alex Saroca is the founder of Tabachoy Academy. He is a general physician by profession, an author, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. He is on a mission to educate and make Filipinos realize - especially those with overweight, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes - that lifestyle modification is still more powerful than any drug in preventing heart disease, treating heart disease, and improving one's physical state and longevity.
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