From the power point presentation of Dr. Leachon
From the PPT of Dr. Leachon
What is worrisome though, said Dr. Antony Leachon, internist cardiologist at the Manila Doctors Hospital, is that more and more young people, in their 30's and 40's, who should be at their most productive age, are suffering from heart diseases, stroke and cancer.
Leachon, who serves as consultant of the Department of Health on Non-Communicable Diseases, said NCD's are responsible for 63 percent of all deaths worldwide and this trend is evident in Southeast Asia and the Philippines due to globalization and urbanization.
NCD's are not exclusive to the affluent elderly patients now but they are seen across all social classes and more dominantly in the young and poor populations.
The culprits, he
said, are "unhealthy dietary patterns such as high calorie intake from total fats (indigenous oils and coconut oil), high consumption of sugars and sweetened beverages and low consumption of the more expensive fruits and vegetables.
, who is a recipient of a Presidential Citation in June 2010 for authoring Executive Order 595 or the Health Education Reform Order (HERO), has recommendations that consider the government's limited resources:
is pushing for the passage Reform Sin tax Law which he
said would help reduce the number of smokers among the young and the poor and reduce the consumption of cigarettes among the poor.
said it is important that our leaders set the example of healthy lifestyle because the people will only respond to what the leaders can give.
should not be surprised that more and more in their 30s and 40s are suffering from heart disease, stroke and cancer because as my own experienced could recall being young there is this feeling of invincibility...that these illnesses will only inflict the old and the weak...my Doc gave me that sobering reminder when I was young and reckless...he
give me an option to give up my two packs a day, gluttony and heavy alcohol consumption...or die young uncomfortably...he
is still my primary for the last 30 years and the look of it he
is not doing what he
is preaching (big tummy) and when I asked him he
just too busy taking care of us, his
patients...(he grossed approx...one million a year)...and he deserves every penny of it.