HEALTH

Glycemic Variability holds the key to diabetic complications

A FORTNIGHT ago, I wrote about my Apple watch that was a birthday present from my better half. We foresaw that the Apple watch would eventually be a telemetry device for human beings. One of the interesting upcoming developments by Apple is the ability to measure sugar non-invasively.

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The smart watch: telemetry for humans?

I RECENTLY bought a new Apple watch, now in its sixth edition since it first launched in 2015. I noted with amusement its pulse oximeter function: this is where you put a device on your finger tip with a light source that measures the oxygen in your blood stream. The light source sends out red...

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Belly fat is the biggest enemy in fight against obesity

MY PATIENTS have been complaining of weight loss or weight gain since the circuit breaker was initiated.

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Getting a flu shot is a good idea right now

THE year-end and the yuletide season will be soon upon us. Ordinarily we would be gearing to go travelling and some of us would be headed to cold temperatures in the northern part of the globe. However, this has been anything but an ordinary year. We have been beset by a once-in-a-centenary...

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The havoc wreaked by the pandemic across the world

IT has been six months since the first imported case of Covid-19 virus landed on our shores. The first imported case was diagnosed on Jan 23, 2020, and the first local case was on Feb 4, 2020. We have since come far with 54,797 cases as of yesterday. The community cases have come down to a...

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Living through a once-in-a-lifetime event

IT has been 14 weeks or so since the first case of Covid-19 virus landed on our shores. A lot has happened since, with a wave of returning citizens bringing home the virus from epicentres in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. These 579 imported cases unfortunately spawned...

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Understanding the 'cytokine storm' that is Covid-19

I WAS on vacation in Japan around Christmas when I first heard the news on CNN, of a strange virus that was causing pneumonia in a cluster of patients in Wuhan. On reading the report on my smartphone, I felt a shiver down my spine. This was because the description of the illness resembled the "...

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Feasting or fasting in the festive season?

THE Christmas festivities are barely over and Chinese New Year is already rolling round. We have just recovered from the wine and dine of the Yuletide season and are trying to shed the extra kilogrammes. The gym instructors will tell you that there is a surge in the beginning of the year in gym...