Asia Pacific Health Care Roundup May 2017

Asia Pacific Health Care Roundup May 2017

17th May 2017

Australian’s Consuming Too Much Salt


A study released this month has revealed that Australians are consuming almost 60% more salt than previously thought, putting the country on the verge of a cardiovascular crisis.


World Health Organisation figures recommend that people consume no more than five grams of salt a day, with Australians thought to be consuming 6.2g on average - according to the country’s health survey. Recent statistics compiled by the George Institute for Global Health however have shown that the average figure now sits at 9.9 grams.


The research institute became the first in the country to test urine samples, instead of focusing purely on an individual’s response about their diet. This means that it can help to give the most realistic and accurate picture of the potential issues facing Australia.


The report's co-author, Associate Professor Jacqui Webster, explained the main reason for the high figures. She said: “They are being hit with the hidden salt in some of our most commonly consumed foods – breads, processed meats, soups and sauces and salty snacks, we've had some progress through government salt reduction targets but efforts need to be increased.”


Non-Infectious Disease Burden in Vietnam


Non infectious diseases kill more than 400,000 people in Vietnam every year, making them one of the country’s biggest health issues according to the Government’s deputy health minister, Nguyễn Thanh Long.


Figures suggest that almost 70% of deaths in the country are caused by conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Cancer, with 40% of those deaths being in people under the age of 40.


An unhealthy lifestyle has been highlighted as the main reason for these rates by Long, with 49% of men in the country smoking, and 77% of the total population consuming alcohol.


Over the next two decades the World Health Organisation estimate that NIDs will cost the planet more than $47 trillion, as the world gets heavier, unhealthier and more polluted.


In Vietnam meanwhile the Government has set targets to reduce the number of deaths from NIDs by 20%, by reducing smoking rates and salt intakes by 30% throughout the country. New laws are set to be introduced to help reach these figures, with smoking bans and alcohol consumption legislation set to be introduced.


Drive to Lower Colorectal Cancer Rates in Singapore


First degree relatives of colorectal Cancer patients are being urged to be scanned for the condition in Singapore.


Colorectal Cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease in the island city state, and it’s a condition which is commonly passed down through families. As a result children, parents, brothers and sisters of those with the condition are being told to consider undergoing a colonoscopy in order to detect the Cancer at an early stage.


The colonoscopy is far more effective than the usual faecal blood test, however this appears to have been overlooked by many relatives, with recent surveys showing that few were aware of how accurate it could be.


Many individuals are put off by the cost of the test, commonly between $1100 and $2500, however new subsidies introduced by the Government should reduce the prices to under $500 in most cases, making it accessible to all.


Every day two people die in Singapore from colorectal Cancer, whilst a further five are diagnosed with the issue. 


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