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Taking Care of your 3 Highs

What are the 3 Highs?

Before last week, I actually had no idea.

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But being an active person, and also a big believer in doing my annual check ups, I was in fact, already keeping tabs on my 3 Highs, without knowing it.

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According to National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015, nearly 1 in every 2 Malaysian adults has high cholesterol, 1 in every 3 has high blood pressure, and 1 in every 6 has Type 2 diabetes.

Collectively known as the ‘3 highs’, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar (in uncontrollable cases, it is known as Type 2 diabetes) are main risk factors to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which accounts for an estimated 73% of total deaths in Malaysia. Heart attack and stroke – the no. 1 killer disease for adult Malaysians. Not only that, but the bad news is that people dying from heart attacks are getting younger. Every 1 in 4 heart attack patient is below 50 years old.

Have you ever thought about your heart health? Do you know if you have the 3 highs? I think balance is key. And here’s what I’ve done to ensure my heart’s in optimal condition.

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I eat a balanced diet (minding my macros and micros), I workout 5 times a week, and I never miss my complete annual health check-ups.

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At the Anlene event last week, I did my check on heart health, agility and bone density. Happy to say I am in the low risk category, i.e. healthy:)

Also I recently went to an Anlene event and learned about Anlene Heart-Plus, their latest formulation. It’s an adult milk powder product which contains a combination of nutrients that help to care for the heart while continue to support the bones, joints and muscles for ease of movement. I’ve decided to drink 2 glasses of milk a day for 2 weeks and see how that pans out.

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How many of you do regular check ups for your 3 highs, hands up? 3 highs meaning High Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose. After the Anlene event and hearing that women are in fact more predisposed to heart problems than men, I decided to get my checks done ASAP. My fasting blood sugar was 4.7, My blood cholesterol 4.6 and my BP 115/75 pulse 60 (best of 3 readings). These readings are OK, but I believe it can be even better.

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I’ve decided to take up the Anlene HeartPlus challenge of drinking 2 glasses of milk a day, for the next two weeks whilst keeping up with my workouts. Will keep you posted on the results, if they can indeed be better!

Check out my Instagram to see how am I keeping with it and how am I feeling after two weeks!

 

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