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Monday, December 21, 2020

#PanataNgPamilya A Healthy Life Amidst Pandemic

According to research studies, there's a growing number of Filipinos who suffer from hypertension and this range from all-ages. For most of us, this is unbelievable since it is ingrained in our minds that only "old" people suffer from this malady. But things have drastically change for the past couple of decades when medical facilities have been more accessible and the increasing popularity of annual check-ups.

In my family alone, I can already count the numerous aunts and uncles, and cousins and even a nephew who suffers from hypertension. These cases are genetic and literally gives nightmares to other family members. Luckily, some of the younger generation are more into healthy lifestyle so there's a balance somewhere.

According to my aunts, my paternal grandma suffered from hypertension but it was in the early 1960's and people don't usually go to the doctor back then. Or when they do, they will just be told to rest. My lola experienced fainting spells which was attributed to the warm Manila weather. Also, she loved pork dishes especially lechon and fatty crabs. 

Living with hypertensive family member can also be tough as one needs to prepare a menu that is good for them so as not to trigger the illness. Luckily, most of my family members are into healthy lifestyle so even the young nephews and nieces are encouraged to eat more fruits and veggies, and make it a habit to exercise daily. Then we also lessen (or totally remove) "sweets" that includes cakes and sodas from the grocery list. And junkfood also. 

I've read somewhere that aside from eating fatty and oily food, salty and spicy food are also not good for people who suffer from hypertension. And since I am the one who prepare the food at home, as much as possible, I prepare healthy and not salty dishes for my family. 

With that in mind, especially that we are still in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic, it is quite alarming to know that they belong to the "high-risk" category and that means that we also need to be careful whenever we go out lest we bring some germs back at home. Another scary idea is going to the hospital or clinic for check-ups or emergencies because they can get the virus there.

It was assuring to know though that Sanofi, as a healthcare institution is at the forefront when it comes to Hypertension care and advocacy. 

With Sanofi's #PanataNgPamilya #PanatangSanofi the pledge was to provide genuine care and love to family members. Filipino culture centers on the family and Sanofi is pledging to give utmost care for diabetes and chronic disease patients with the vision that we are one Family and we will move together for a #HealthierPhilippines.

Last month, in observance of World Diabetes Day on November 14, Sanofi reiterated its #PanataNgPamilya #PanatangSanofi to promote overall wellness campaign that includes nutrition, proper care, physical activities for those family who has a family member with diabetes. 

Hypertension is not really a scary disease especially if family members knows what to do and how to take care of their beloved. With #PanataNgPamilya #PanatangSanofi #HealthiterPhilippines we can all do this. 


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