Sunway Healthcare Group in collaboration with the National Blood Bank (Pusat Darah Negara; PDN) is organizing a Blood Donation Drive at three of its facilities in the Klang Valley this June. This is the first such initiative being organised at the group level in conjunction with World Blood Donor Day which is commemorated on 14 June 2022.
‘Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives’ is the theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day and rightly so – blood is essential to help patients survive surgeries, selected treatments, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. It is estimated that one pint of blood can save up to three lives.
In 2021, only 2.0% of the Malaysian population donated blood. However, our aim is to achieve 3.5-4.0% rate of Malaysian population as blood donors, to attain state of self-sufficiency, so that we are able to supply blood and its therapeutic products as treatment for our patients without having to depend on blood sources from other countries. Therefore, we need more people to come forward to contribute to the society. We appreciate and applaud Sunway Healthcare Group for organising this wide scale donation drive at their facilities to promote blood donation awareness while increasing blood supply for the nation,” said Dr Thane Moze A/P Darumalinggam, Ketua Seksyen Pengurusan Penderma Bahagian Perolehan Darah of National Blood Bank.
“At Sunway Healthcare Group, we are cognizant of the challenges faced by the National Blood Bank and understand the importance of blood donation to maintain a steady supply for use by patients, especially during emergency situations. Hence, we want to play our part as responsible corporate citizens through this five-day blood donation drive. We hope this initiative will spur more Malaysians to start and continue donating blood on a regular basis and view blood donation as an act to save lives,” said Dato’ Lau Beng Long, Managing Director of Sunway Healthcare Group.
To facilitate participation from as many people as possible, the blood donation drive will be held across all Sunway facilities in the Klang Valley during the week of 13 June 2022:
- Sunway TCM (Traditional & Complementary Medicine) Centre @ Sunway Geo (13-14 June)
- Sunway Medical Centre Velocity, KL (15-16 June)
- Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City (16-17 June)
Those who fit the criteria below are encouraged to join the blood donation drive:
- Age between 17-65 years old.
- Weigh 45kg and above.
- Have no chronic medical illness.
- Have not consumed alcohol 24 hours prior to donation.
- Not fasting, pregnant, menstruating, or breastfeeding.
- No multiple sexual partners.
- Had more than five hours of sleep the night before, a good breakfast or lunch and drink plenty of water.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
- Allocate some rest time after donation to ensure there are no signs of dizziness, nausea, or pallor before leaving.
Those who are interested to donate are required to register as no walk-ins are allowed due to safety reasons.
- Sunway TCM Centre: https://bit.ly/SHGBloodDonationDrive_TCM
- Sunway Medical Centre Velocity, KL: https://bit.ly/SHGBloodDonationDrive_SMCVelocity
- Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City: https://bit.ly/SHGBloodDonationDrive_SMC
For further information, please contact Ms Dharshini from Sunway Healthcare Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest all-in-one supergreens supplement drink on the market
Did you know that your gut is linked to many other organs and bodily functions?
Our gut (the gastrointestinal tract that starts at our mouths and goes all the way to our back passages) may just be the most underrated system we have. Not a lot of people are aware of just how significant taking care of your gut can be.
Good gut health can improve bowel movement, strengthen your immune system, heart health, and even improve your mood and brain health.
Ever heard of how your emotions can sometimes cause your digestive system to act up? Sometimes when you are feeling anxious, stressed or upset, hormones and chemicals that your body releases enter your digestive tract, where they interfere with digestion; thus making you feel tummy pains or other stomach issues.
The same goes vice-versa, where poor gut health can affect how you feel mentally because of this direct link. But what exactly is ‘poor gut health’?
Poor gut health is when your body doesn’t have enough of the good bacteria but high amounts of bad bacteria present in the gut. This can cause irritation and inflammation, worsening your gut’s health. Symptoms of poor gut health include:
- Stomach issues – bloating, constipation, diarrhea etc.
- Constant sugar cravings
- Sleep issues
- Skin irritation
When our bodies do not have enough good bacteria, bad bacteria are able to thrive, creating a poor gut microbiome within us. This can cause us to feel mentally unwell, and cause symptoms of anxiety, depression, and lead to Parkinson’s disease.
How We Can Improve Our Gut Microbiome
To improve your gut microbiome means to improve the amount of good bacteria within your gut.
Eating foods high in probiotics (foods or supplements that contain microorganisms that maintain or improve good bacteria in the body) and prebiotics (high-fiber foods that act as food for the good bacteria) is one way to maintain good bacteria levels within your body. These foods can be fermented foods such as yogurt, pickles, miso, and whole grains and greens. The somewhat newly discovered bubbly soda, kombucha, does the job too!
Besides incorporating more gut friendly foods into your daily diet, reducing gut unfriendly foods, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly can help improve gut and brain health.
l1vin and l1vingreen+
After founders, Diane, Jon and Pang noticed how scarce scientifically proven natural health products were in the South East Asian market, they decided to start l1vin; a health and wellness product brand marketed towards the health conscious and those who wish to take more steps towards leading a more healthy lifestyle.
And so with all this talk on our gut and how we can improve our gut health, l1vin’s all-in-one supergreens supplement drink l1vingreen+ may just help with that.
Formulated with more than 28 natural and whole-food sourced ingredients, herbal extracts, vitamins, probiotics and prebiotics, it is the ideal supplement of choice in the market today for improving your gut microbiome as well as overall health. Due to its nutrient dense formulation, other benefits of consuming l1vingreen+ on the daily include improved skin health, immunity, energy as well as recovery.
If the taste of a drink consisting of a large number of greens doesn’t strike your fancy, worry not as the pineapple and apple pectin extracts prevent it from tasting too ‘green’. A sachet a day is recommended not just to keep the doctor away but to be more effective, even more so if taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach!
You can give l1vingreen+ a try with their 7-day pack (MYR75) if you prefer not to make a commitment out of it yet, or go full-on and get their 30-day pack (MYR299).
You can also save 20% when subscribing to a monthly plan with l1vingreen+ and get your 30-day pack for only MYR239.
l1vin is also having a promotion at the moment – simply input promo code ‘STARTL1VIN’ at checkout for 20% off.
Let’s make 2022 the year we finally get our gut health in check!
A digital-first subscription-based solution for employees
FEV3R, a healthtech company that provides affordable e-patient services through a healthcare-as-a-service platform, has been launched today with a long-term aspiration to transform the landscape of personal health in Malaysia.
As an integrated healthcare service utilizing a mobile application to provide access to doctors anytime, anywhere, FEV3R is set to significantly reduce the cost of primary care for corporates and consumers, based on an affordable subscription model, with easy access to patient health data.
Its Chief Executive Officer, Adlan Hercus, said, “In this new environment where we have been learning to live and work through a pandemic, and now transitioning to an endemic phase, the conversation around healthcare has never been so important. Despite the increased interest in personal health, it remains a topic that would only come to mind when someone is unwell. While getting more people to care about their general health and wellbeing is important, what’s equally crucial is empowering them to do so. Understanding the challenges of primary care during a pandemic, FEV3R has been working towards injecting change to the traditional primary care doctor-patient relationship to facilitate a higher degree of health innovation.”
Employing technological advancements, FEV3R is set to support doctors with instant access to a patient’s health data which will enable better diagnosis. These tools are geared towards helping doctors improve their diagnosis with the help of AI technology. This, in turn, reduces a lot of the legwork, so that doctors can focus on patients. FEV3R employs world-class technology that adapts and supports individual needs and preferences, while at the same time prioritizing the security of confidential personal data.
“Our doctors are all certified and registered with the Ministry of Health which means they can provide professional consultation with ease of mind for our clients and their employees. We have also adopted stringent data processes to ensure all patients’ medical data are kept secure and private,” Adlan added.
“Digital healthcare is here to improve our approach to delivering primary healthcare. Addressing the concerns of patients by being more accessible and affordable, digital healthcare also ensures higher efficiency levels for doctors. It is no longer business as usual for us, but rather providing better diagnosis, prognosis and referrals, as demanded by patients,” said Medical Director FEV3R, Dr Sashidharan Janisein.
Affordability is also one of the key aspects of the FEV3R platform. With a simple subscription model, employers can expect to reduce up to 80% of employees’ healthcare costs with our subscription of RM288 per employee annually. Additionally, the platform runs on a totally cashless model providing further convenience for patients.
Adlan further said, “FEV3R’s subscription model can translate to savings for companies while still providing employees with the best healthcare they deserve. The savings could be used to fund internal engagements and other employee activities.”
Currently focused on employees, FEV3R has a network of 120 clinics (own and partner) with more than 250 doctors on board. FEV3R is also equipped to dispense medication and conduct laboratory tests, while our doctors can provide referrals to the best specialists for more complex cases.
For more details on FEV3R, please visit https://www.fev3r.com/.
Schedule an appointment with an optometrist to keep your eyes in good condition
As we slowly regain normalcy in our day-to-day activities during this transition to endemicity, and especially after having our schedules disrupted due to the Movement Control Order that was implemented nationwide, Malaysians are now returning to routine health check-ups to ensure optimum health.
Most individuals are concerned about the health of their heart, lungs, and kidneys. However, after more than two years of adjusting our routines to work and study from home, socialising and shopping online, we ought to realise that staring at a screen for hours at a time can take a toll on our sight and this is why it’s important to prioritise eye health.
Similar to heart problems, lung disease and mental health conditions, our eyes are also at risk of suffering from serious eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and other types of vision impairments. This is why eye exams should be done regularly to ensure our vision stays healthy. According to research conducted by the National Eye Survey Malaysia, 15,000 individuals were examined for blindness in 2018, and 58.6% of them were diagnosed with untreated cataracts that could have been prevented if they were detected earlier (Chew et al., 2018, 6).
Additional research support from the National Eye Census in 2014 by the Department of Statistic Malaysia identified that 413,000 Malaysians aged 50 and above have been recorded to have some type of visual impairment and 113,000 of them were permanently blind with 43,000 cases caused by severe cataracts which could have been prevented by early eye examination.
In this instance, it is strongly advised that adults aged 18 and above should undergo consultations with an optometrist once every two years for a comprehensive eye examination (Farid, 2021). “Most eye-related diseases are also silent killers and will be untreatable if we don’t act now. Generally, adults who may not have any vision-related issues should see an optometrist at least once every two years to upkeep vision health. However, since our screen time has drastically increased due to the pandemic and in addition to the changes in our lifestyle, we need to reconsider and prioritise our eye condition with a professional eye examination as often as once a year,” said Yoyo Foong, an optometrist from Malaysia’s leading optical retailer MOG Boutique.
If you are already a wearer of prescription glasses or contact lenses, you will need to schedule an eye examination to replace your vision aid at least once every two years. That said, for those who are currently not using any vision aid, you may want to get a head start on eye health by scheduling an eye health assessment and comprehensive vision test with your local optometrist. The eye examination evaluates different aspects of your vision or eye health and helps to detect eye problems at their earliest stage which is when they’re most treatable.
So how often should you get your eyes checked?
Several factors can determine how often you need an eye examination, including your age, contributing health condition(s) and family history of eye diseases. Below is a general guideline for Malaysians to follow based on their age group to determine how often they should visit their optometrist.
- Eye Examination for Children
Visual development is rapid during the first six months of a child’s life and continues through the first decade. From as early as three months old, your child can undergo a thorough eye examination to make sure their vision is developing properly and to reveal any evidence of potential visual impairment that could be treated earlier. Coming into the age of three to five years, the children can then be examined by a paediatrician optometrist who can further identify complications or diseases to the children’s vision (Yen, 2020).
Additionally, eye examination for children is not only to detect or prevent eye diseases from developing but to also foster their brain-vision coordination. Similar to walking or talking, vision development is a learned skill that helps in accomplishing daily tasks ranging from reading to catching and throwing a ball. However, if a child’s vision is underdeveloped, it could seriously hinder their learning abilities.
Care for your eyes from a young age for optimum performance in your day-to-day activities.
- Eye Care is our Responsibility
Many people will not notice any signs or symptoms in the early stages of eye disease and they are mostly unaware that age is an influencing factor in eye condition and vision wellness. Age-related diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may start to progress earlier during your lifespan if it is not detected or treated, hence the need to pay attention to eye health and take notice of any minor eye discomfort or vision changes, such as:
- Having trouble distinguishing colours;
- Needing time to adjust to changing levels of light;
- Losing the ability to see up-
Should you experience these warning signs, make an appointment for a thorough eye exam to receive appropriate treatment and rule out any serious conditions.
Get an eye exam the moment you experience minor eye discomfort or vision changes
- Common Problems of Aging Eyes
There are four known eye conditions that will start to rapidly develop as you enter the golden ages of 50 – 65 years old: AMD, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Those in this age group are advised to undergo regular check-ups with their optometrist every year to maintain good eye condition.
With a high risk of developing eye-related diseases at an older age, individuals with a family history or health condition that may potentially contribute to the above-mentioned eye diseases will need to begin their precautionary steps today. If you are not looking to go for your eye check-ups in a hospital or clinic, you may want to consider a thorough eye and vision check-up with MOG, the leading optical retailer in our country. MOG’s 6-in-1 Vision Experience revolves around a professional eye care routine which includes hospital-grade Eye Health Assessment that can address potential eye diseases through retina assessment that can detect any onset of Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and AMD as well as corneal mapping and corneal assessment for a detailed image of your eyeballs, which can reassure you of your current eye condition, and also detect the risk of cataract while sharing ways in which you can improve overall eye health.
State of the art eye health screening facilities at MOG Eyewear
- Take Care of Your Eyes
Eye health is important for the overall wellness of our body and it should not be neglected. While the three Os (optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians) can assist you in detecting and preventing eye diseases, the ultimate responsibility lies with you to ensure your eyes are in good health.
Caring for your eyes is not as complicated as it may seem and these are a few things you can do to protect your vision:
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Get regular exercises
- Wear sunglasses to protect from UVA/UVB radiation
- Avoid smoking
- Only buy contact lenses from reliable optical stores
- Give your eyes a rest (20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds)
You are responsible for your eye health
Eye health is as important as the health of other organs in your body. Just by checking your eyes, an optometrist is able to detect eye diseases as well as potential health risks and other underlying diseases such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, to name a few. Considering the benefits of eye examination to your well-being, it is best to include it in your annual health check-ups!
From text neck to pandemic posture, these bodily aches and pains of the modern era did not exist when conventional pillows were designed back in the 1970s. We may have more information on how to take care of our posture and health better, but today’s fast-paced world has also made it easier for us to forget about our body’s basic needs.
People have been cutting back on sleep in an attempt to increase efficiency; however, scientific studies and statistics show that prioritising sleep can help improve work performance. “The notion of ‘work hard, play hard’ has to be balanced with ‘sleep well’ too. Even billionaire, Elon Musk, has publicly sworn by sleep in attributing his success,” says GIRAFthepillow Founder, Ken Leong.
Getting quality sleep sounds simple, but the wrong pillow will prevent you from falling asleep and affect your focus throughout the day. GIRAFthepillow is a Sleep Wellness Engineering startup that launched the 2022 GIRAF Advanced Composites Sleeping Pillow – an innovative pillow engineered specifically to help relieve the troubles of modern slouch-over-smartphone lifestyle.
We spoke to the founder, Ken Leong, about how the World’s First Composites Technology Sleep Pillow delivers superior comfort and support.
What was your journey towards starting GIRAFthepillow with your team?
“An Ex-Singapore MOE ASEAN scholar, I’m a trained engineer with an MEng Mechanical Engineering (Honours) degree from the University of Nottingham, UK.
“You sleep when I study, you sleep when I sleep”, said my boarding school roommate during my scholarship days. From a young age, I realised how important sleep has been to me and more specifically to my success. So when I found out that my pillow was giving me sleepless nights rolling in bed and headaches, the urge was to improve it. None of the ones being sold did the job, so the only choice was to make a new one myself. I was very lucky to have been under one of the top experts in composites in the UK during university, and had always been fascinated by the possibilities. As a polymath, it led me to try applying it to the pillow. Over the years, more people came on board to make this a team effort. I met an American Posture Institute certified posture expert who helped tune the product. Later on, more people were brought in to scale. Efforts to commercialise GIRAFthepillow as a high performance sleep pillow targeting posture-recovery and full R.E.M sleep cycle recuperation started in 2020, just before the pandemic hit. In total, it’s a journey of more than 17 years.”
What were the industry gaps you noticed and how do you aim to make a better solution available to help others facing the same issues?
“First of all, the concept of a pillow has not changed for more than 2000 years since the Romans invented our modern pillow, it’s still the same practice of stuffing a pile of soft material into a bag and calling it a pillow. They all have limited material capabilities, which is restricted by the single block of material stuffed into it, be it feather, cotton, memory foam, etc. So when the opportunity came to reinvent the pillow from scratch, we ditched that conventional idea and used all the modern engineering tools and technology available to us to innovate.”
How did you innovate GIRAFthepillow to be able to provide users with the best possible experience with sleep posture? How does this affect full sleep cycles for both mental and physical recuperation?
“First, we had to look at what the person does when they sleep and what is the natural neutral posture when lying down. After that, we use F1 Racing technology to find the fit for the human body, and use exact calculations to produce the shape of the pillow such that the user is able to attain the desired sleep posture. Sleep is divided into physical and physical recuperation, whilst your physical body is recuperating when you relax and stop moving, your mind requires the full sleep cycle to get the recuperation it needs. Research has shown that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep works as a detox to flush out the toxins in the brain. REM is the final stage in a full sleep cycle. We aim to give the user an uninterrupted sleep so that they are able to achieve this through two ways:
- To use scientific ways to relax, we are able to manipulate composites material to recreate a cuddle, which works as Deep Touch Pressure (DTP), that is scientifically shown to produce a calming and relaxing effect.
- We also engineer the pillow to seamlessly support the user in different sleeping positions as they move around in bed, to avoid having a jolt that wakes them up which also stops them from achieving the full sleep cycle.”
What was the technology behind creating and designing the GIRAFthepillow? What was the inspiration behind the design?
“The main two areas involved are Advanced Composites Material and Human Factors Ergonomics Engineering. A lot of it comes from Automotive areas, especially F1 racing where they are testing the limits and hence use the best solutions. But also areas such as airline business class cabins where they try to make the passenger as comfortable as they can on long hour journeys. If you think about it, sleep is quite similar, long hours and all. As a polymath, I enjoy connecting the dots and using unconventional ideas.”
How long did you spend just on the research of materials and understanding users’ pain points? Why is this important?
“The overall journey was more than 17 years. Getting to know the root cause of problems is important in engineering, as well as continuous improvement. Actually a lot of it is just logic – you can’t solve a problem if you don’t even know what it is, correct? So it’s a process of trial and error and iteration, as per many great inventions out there such as Dyson.”
For those who are hesitant about spending money on a pillow, why is it an important investment?
“Let’s break down the numbers, if you spread the cost over 365 days (1 year), it’s only RM1+ a day, which is less than a cup of coffee. And imagine if you get better sleep – you have higher productivity, you get a pay rise, you perform better and live a better life. The benefits far outweigh the costs. It’s an affordable way to boost your life. You’d probably lose RM399 to medical bills anyway if you don’t sleep properly.”
How are you encouraging consumers to purchase pillows online rather than a physical store?
“Whilst the pandemic has affected our operations, the shift in purchasing behaviour has also helped us in going the online route. People are now more willing to buy things online. And we communicate directly with our customers and that provides value to them and us. Many times, even when buying in a physical store, you’re dealing with a salesperson who is more interested in taking your cash, and you may not get the proper answer to your questions if you get it at all. Most likely you’ll hear what they think you want to hear, as long as you part with your cash. Our products come with Free Delivery, a 2 year warranty and also a Lease to Own option for easy affordability. We make it as smooth and convenient as possible for the customer.”
How does GIRAFthepillow take into consideration the different preferences and comfort of consumers?
“In designing GIRAFthepillow, we provide an experience that adheres to what the general population perceives as comfort. If you like sleeping on a piece of wood, then perhaps that would be an extreme that we are not able to cater for, but in general everyone is happy.
It’s like saying I like lamb more than chicken or fish, but what if there is an engineered meat that is tasty for the majority but doesn’t taste like any of the above. We are that engineered meat.
Granted some people get a higher level of satisfaction compared to others, it is still an above average experience for most. We also have a special bespoke custom fit service, which is a very time consuming process, and is only available by special appointment as a premium service to current users who desire an even better experience from their sleep.”
What were the challenges and successes you faced along the way since starting this entrepreneurial endeavour?
“There have been attempts to copy what we do, but I see it as a compliment that we are doing something right. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The proudest success has to be the overwhelming feedback from our users on how we actually changed their lives for the better, and how surprised they were that there is actually a great product such as ours out there. This fuels us to do better and help more people out there.”
What is the future of GIRAFthepillow and what users can look forward to in the next 1-2 years?
“We look to continue doing great things by using technology to disrupt the sleep industry and see the future of sleep as an integral part of the healthtech space. Also many eager customers are now waiting for our product to be launched into their home country and we aim to make that a reality.”
You can purchase the 2022 GIRAF Advanced Composites Sleeping Pillow on their website.
In conjunction with the observance of the holy month of Ramadan, Malaysia’s largest prescription pharmacy, Alpro Pharmacy, has come up with a set of general guidelines to help Muslims to continue the practice of fasting while practicing proper intake of medications.
The guidelines developed based on the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) recommendations, aims to raise awareness on the proper method to consume chronic medications during the fasting period.
1) Does using an inhaler invalidate the fast?
- There are two categories of inhaled medications: Preventive medications (e.g., Seretide Inhaler, Flixotide Inhaler, etc.) and sedatives (e.g., Asthalin inhaler, Ventolin inhaler, etc.).
- Pharmacists advise patients who use preventive inhaled medications to continue using them accordingly. Such medication is normally taken twice a day and can be taken before sahur and bedtime.
- Pharmacists also caution that preventive medication such as inhalers is vital for optimal disease control. Such medications can reduce the number of asthma attacks when fasting and reduce the need for inhalation-type relievers.
- Sedative inhalation can be used in the case of an emergency.
2) Does fasting carry a risk of dehydration (lack of water) or hypoglycemia (low sugar levels)?
- For people with diabetes, pharmacists recommend a 2-hour sugar level monitoring after sahur and when having symptoms of hypoglycemia, including dizziness, cold sweats, blurred visions, chills, etc.
- Monitoring sugar levels does not invalidate the fast. Given the health implications, if the sugar level is less than 3.9 mmol/L, the patient should break their fast.
- For people with diabetes, pharmacists also recommend avoiding delaying the time taken to break the fast. If you are on the go, it is advised to bring one or two dates (buah kurma) during iftar.
- For optimal sugar level control, dietitians recommend taking foods rich in fiber. Fiber not only satiates; it helps stabilize sugar levels in the body.
3) Are patients suffering from ‘gastric’ disease among those at high-risk during the fasting period?
- Pharmacists advise that if a person has gastric problems, they should avoid taking fried foods or fizzy drinks.
- Drinks with high caffeine content, such as coffee, are also possible triggers of gastric discomfort.
- Having smaller meals when breaking the fast is recommended instead of having a large meal immediately upon ‘berbuka’.
In conclusion, fasting is not a barrier for patients to stop seeking treatments and consuming their medications. Adjustment of dosage and consumption timing according to recommendations of doctors and pharmacists can help patients navigate through the month of Ramadan.
It is also important to note personal health should always be the utmost priority, and one should not stop taking medication or discontinue treatment during Ramadan.
On behalf of Alpro, we would like to wish everyone a blissful Ramadan, and may they benefit from this sharing!
Visit any of our 165 Alpro pharmacies to receive free medication consultation with our community pharmacists. To find out more, contact Alpro Customer Care Support at 019-612 9006. Alternatively, you may reach our professional pharmacist via WhatsApp via the e-pharmacy hotline 019-702 1923.
*Please consult a doctor or a pharmacist before making decisions regarding medication intake*
The lightweight watch also offers up to 100 hours of battery life, features a sleek design true to SUUNTO’s Nordic heritage with a selection of easily changeable stylish accessory straps. Its sweet price point also makes it hard to say no to. A watch that looks and feels great on you while you’re out there living your best adventures? That’s the SUUNTO 5 Peak for you!
Proudly made in Finland, this evolution of the SUUNTO 5 model is designed for people active in the outdoors who want to explore new terrain and achieve personal fitness goals safely and confidently. Whether for running, hiking, walking, cycling or trail running, the SUUNTO 5 Peak sees to it that you have everything at your wrist to accompany you on your adventure. Its handy music controls ensure you have all the right tunes to get you pumping while its GPS navigation features that include turn by turn navigation keep you safe on your route without you having to worry about going off path or getting lost. Combined with the SUUNTO app and its heat and 3D maps, one can easily discover popular routes, plan and then transfer them to their watch. When they are ready, all they need to do is follow the route for their next adventure.
True to the SUUNTO DNA, the SUUNTO 5 Peak is built to withstand all weather conditions with its durable stainless-steel bezel and is water resistant up to 30m. It is also compatible with the SUUNTO bike sensor and smart belt so its user can get more out of their favourite fitness adventure.
Like how everyone’s taste for adventure is different, the SUUNTO 5 Peak comes with straps in six colours, including SUUNTO’s first strap made with waste materials left over in strap production. If that’s not enough choices, there are nine other compatible 22mm accessory straps to mix things up whatever the mood is for the day.
The watch is also a reflection of SUUNTO’s commitment to sustainability whereby it features ecological packaging and uses as many materials as possible that are carbon neutral to minimise impact on the environment, staying close to its sustainability motto, Made in Finland with 100% renewable energy. Also part of SUUNTO’s commitment to sustainability include long-life products, extensive repair services, research projects that support biodiversity conservation, a Lifecycle analysis that measures the complete footprint created during the product’s lifetime, and more responsibility in supply chains.
For a limited time only, customers will receive a yoga mat with their purchase of the SUUNTO 5 Peak. The watch is priced at RM1,499 and is available for online purchase at , , , and .
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Ramadan deals up for grabs for those wanting to stay healthy and active
Amazfit, a premium smart wearable hardware brand owned by Zepp Health Corporation (“Zepp Health”), is going to “Up Your Game” by harnessing the power of technology and science to free more people to live their passions and express their active spirits with its series of smart hardware designed for a healthy and sporting lifestyle.
Powered by the Zepp operating system, Amazfit connects smart devices, big data as well as sports and health management service to provide multiple personalised wearable and user experiences. Its smart devices are catered for daily or outdoor use related to health and sports, including true wireless stereo sports earbuds, smart treadmills, smart body composition scales and sports gear.
Jacob Jin, Director of Amazfit Southeast Asia, said, “Amazfit is one of the most preferred brands of young people around the world who pursue an active and positive lifestyle at the cutting edge of fashion and technology. We now have over 100 million active users of our products that include watches, bands, earbuds, fitness gear and other accessories.”
“We are excited to launch Amazfit special Ramadan deals in April for our smart watches, where AI engines embedded in these smart devices can monitor heartbeat, exercise modes, blood-oxygen saturation levels, sleep status and breathing while sleeping, giving a better insight on how the body performs while active or at rest.”
Amazfit is offering special Ramadan deals in April for its smart watches that are applicable on these specific dates: 4 April, 5 April, 18 April and 25 April 2022. Purchasers who buy the T-Rex Pro on these dates will get a free Amazfit mask, those who purchase the GTS 3 and GTR 3 series of smart watches will get free hair bands and mask while those purchasing GTR 3 Pro will get free hair band, mask and bottle. Gifts are available while stocks last.
The T-Rex Pro is designed for those who pursue an active outdoor lifestyle as it supports four Global Navigation Satellite Systems, 10 ATM water-resistance, a blood-oxygen saturation measurement system, a weather tracker, a sunrise and sunset monitor, a current moon phase display, a compass and barometric altimeter, ultra-long 18-day battery life with typical use, and over 100 different sports modes.
Amazfit’s other smart watch models include the Bip U Pro catered for those seeking a healthier and more active lifestyle to keep fit or stay in shape. The Bip U Pro come with 50 watch faces to suit mood and outfit or users can upload their photos for a more personalised watch face. Those wanting to stay fashionable and at the same time enjoy sports can go with the GTS 2 mini smart watch with its ultra-slim and light design. It also comes with over 60 built-in sports modes for a complete indoor or outdoor sports experience.
Exercise doesn’t have to be hard
When you hear the word “exercise”, what are the first images that come into your mind? For most of us, it is running, weightlifting, spin classes, and every intense workout regime we can think of. But what if I told you that there is another way we can move our bodies? Something a lot less intimidating, but a more fun and gentler way of taking care of your physical wellbeing?
If you’re looking to work out your body as well as your mind, flexercise is a great way to get you there! The initial concept of flexercising is “meditation in motion”. Through a series of moderate, low-impact movements, flexercise can help you focus on strengthening your mind, body, and spirit.
We all know that it is important for us to get a regular dose of movement every day. It is not only meant to help us look good, but to also feel good. Exercising our bodies has been proven to increase our energy, improve our moods, and our overall physical wellbeing – such as lowering our risk of cardiac disease, diabetes, and so forth. However, even when we are looking for moderate workout regimes, it can still seem so tiresome and scary when the majority of fitness circles focus on the phrase “no pain, no gain” and pushing our bodies to extreme limits.
But that is not the case with flexercise! Flexercising is less intimidating and more fun. It has been described to be part exercise, part dance, and part meditation. This friendlier method of fitness focuses on strengthening your body, helping you achieve a good posture and balance, and to feel great about yourself.
So, what are the ways you can start flexercising? Well, you can start by:
Going for a walk.
It is the easiest thing you can choose to do and there is so much to love about it! A short 20-minute walk around your neighborhood, or a nearby park, is an awesome way for you to ground yourself and your thoughts. Going out for nature walks can boost your energy levels and reduce your stress. So go on and surround yourself in nature, and take a deep breath of that fresh air!
Have a dance party!
Yes, really. Have a dance party. Pick your favorite upbeat tunes, crank up the music, and get moving! Dancing is always a great way for you to get creative, not to mention the empowerment you will feel by allowing yourself to be free. Aside from it being fun, dance parties are also beneficial to your health. It can improve your motor fitness, endurance, heart and lung functions, as well as muscular strength. What better way is there to take care of yourself aside from doing it in the most freeing method possible?
Lazy Bed Workout
Let’s face it: not everyone is a morning person! Sometimes (or most of the time), it can feel so challenging to get up and do your morning stretches. So, who said you can’t do them on the bed itself? There are several ways for you to get active in the morning without leaving your bed. Doing a few stretches and breathing exercises can help you wake your body up gently and start your day on the right foot. Additionally, there are several ways for you to work out your legs and core while laying down as well. By taking turns laying on your side and lifting one leg repeatedly, or lifting your glutes to build your core strength – there are various methods you can use to improve your wellbeing in the gentlest way possible.
It’s important to have a healthy relationship with your mind and your body. Ask yourself: what do I feel like doing today? Listen to how your body feels and let it guide you to your first step towards flexercising. Remember, a healthy body gives birth to a healthy mind. So, let’s start our self-care journey of flexercise today!
Sunway Medical shares how it affects women and what you can do about it
In this modern-day and age, women are facing more societal pressure than ever to live a complete and full life. Making up 55.8% of the Malaysian workforce in 2019, women are contributing equally to the economy and individual household incomes, yet still remain as the backbone to most family dynamics; from the primary carers of the young, elderly, and the infirm.
Suffice to say, we have our plates full managing a work-life-family balance, sometimes to the detriment of our own health. We might convince ourselves that we are healthy by going to the gym regularly or cautious of our food intake … but this does not mean we are safe from the dreaded C-word. Cancer.
What is cancer?
To put it simply, cancer is labelled or named after where the tumour arises from, and according to the National Cancer Society Malaysia, the top four most common cancers found in Malaysian women are breast cancer, followed by colorectal, cervical, lung and ovarian cancer.
Some cancers, like ovarian cancer, have been called the silent killer as its presenting symptoms can be vague and often be mistaken for other benign conditions, while others such as breast cancer can be genetically passed on.
“This is why early screening is very important, regardless of age or ethnicity, as one in four people will get cancer at some point in their life,” says Dr Jennifer Leong, clinical oncologist at Sunway Medical Centre. However, this should not be viewed as a death sentence as cancers can be cured and even preventable with early detection.
While the symptoms may vary according to the type of cancer, in general, unexplained and unplanned weight loss or appetite should alert one to a potential warning sign. Prolonged diarrhoea and constipation that is persistent after several weeks is also cause for concern.
Other symptoms to look out for include unusual bumps and lumps and changes in the breast, belly, pelvic or back pain, fatigue, night sweats or fever, changes in your pee, coughs that do not go away or changes in your skin.
In general, any pain that persists or doesn’t go away is a reason for concern, and it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible before it reaches a later stage.
Why is screening important?
The first step is to get yourself screened as a precautionary step to ensure the cancer, if any, can be caught before it starts to spread. Spending just half a day on an annual check-up could save years of quality life in return, and depending on the area of concern more specific screening processes could take place from mammograms, to pap tests and HPV testing, to colonoscopy among other things.
If these screening processes sound daunting, do not fear as there are often less invasive screening processes available. “Always have a discussion with your doctor first,” says Dr Jennifer, and recommends that an average population screening should start at 50 years old, at every two years. However, if there is a family history of cancer, it is best to start at 40 years old.
While the temptation to avoid a diagnosis could be strong, as a woman, it is important to remember that an early diagnosis early can help save their life which will have a tremendous impact on their family members. “Think of it as not only doing it for themselves and their own peace of mind but for their family,” adds Dr Jennifer. “When women think of it that way, they are more motivated to get themselves checked.”
How important is it to get a second diagnosis?
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it is very likely to come as a shock—especially when there are no prior symptoms. This is normal and a common part of accepting the diagnosis, which will then typically involve patients wanting a second opinion for validation.
“Sometimes as a doctor, we too may find that the interpretation of the biopsy report is not too clear, and may ask for a second opinion ourselves,” says Dr Jennifer, adding that it is the doctor’s priority to hit the right diagnosis and the right treatment, as the prescribed treatment plan can affect the patient’s survival outcome.
“Patients might also want a second opinion on their treatment plan,” she adds. “Being an oncologist isn’t just about being clinical; It’s a lot about listening to a patient’s perspective.”
Regaining control over your body
Once a diagnosis is made, it can be frustrating or depressing to feel like you have lost control of your body and its functions … but do not feel defeated. There are coping mechanisms for patients to have control over their bodies.
First of all, you should be proud to have taken the first step to taking control of your health. It takes a lot of courage and now that you know what you are dealing with, we can now chart a plan on your discussed path to recovery with your doctor that you are comfortable with whether it’s chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, depending on the type of cancer.
While chemotherapy might sound daunting and is still the backbone to a lot of treatments, the key is to select the right patient, to inform them what to anticipate, and to give them the right medication. “The radiotherapy machine has also improved leaps and bounds,” says Dr Jenniger. “These days, the treatments are less detrimental compared to 20-50 years ago.”
Besides the clinical treatment, nutrition also plays such an important role. “This is something patients have control over,” says Dr Jennifer, adding that the right diet is crucial to one’s recovery. “A lot of times, patients diagnosed with cancer will limit their food and become very thin and malnourished, and that is not helping with their immunity.”
She recommends eating a well-balanced diet, getting enough rest, minimising stress as much as possible, and going for your follow-ups.
While the challenges faced by a new cancer patient may seem overwhelming, sometimes all that is needed is a bit of guidance to help with the transition. Luckily, Malaysia’s healthcare system is able to provide nurses through various services to support patients especially once they leave the hospital whether it’s to help change a colostomy bag or a feeding tube, so you don’t have to go through it alone.
It is a tough journey for any cancer patient, but it’s crucial to have support especially once they leave the hospital.
Family members are encouraged to come with the patient for their follow-ups with the doctor, so they understand the rationale of the treatment that is being given. Dr Jennifer adds that, “A lot of times, patients are afraid of chemotherapy and such, so with the family coming and listening to the doctor’s discussion … they then make more sense of the treatment and can offer better emotional and physical support to the patient.”
Physical support can be shown in the small things, like preparing meals that will help the patient to focus on recovery and the treatment.
However, equally as important is not to make cancer the focus of every interaction with the patient. While family members may have the best intentions at heart, eliminate the need to flood the patient with all kinds of myths and unstudied news regarding cancer as this could only cause more stress and depression within patients.
Instead, focus on taking their mind off the cancer and making life as stress-free as possible during these moments, which doesn’t have to be treated as a death sentence. Always remember that, “If you get diagnosed at an early stage, the survival outcome for any cancer improves tremendously,” says Dr Jennifer. “You can go on to live a beautiful long life.”
The Right Support
When it comes to fighting cancer, think of it as a 2-part journey; the first being clinical from diagnosis to treatment, and secondly, the psychosocial element which focuses on emotional wellbeing. “A lot of patients feel like they are a burden, but truthfully family members just do not know how to broach the subject,” explains Dr Jennifer. “Ask for help, and get someone you can trust to be a listening ear.”
If that is not an option, Dr Jennifer also often refers patients to survival networks such as the Pink Ribbon Wellness Foundation or the Lung Cancer Support Group as it helps talking to other survivors who can relate to what they are going through and provide them with the moral support they need, especially when they feel like giving up. However, if additional support is needed, Dr Jennifer recommends getting a referral to a psychologist.
“As women, we always put ourselves as the least of the priority; we care about our children, family and work .. .but it’s important to schedule a pap-smear screening, mammogram, ultrasounds, and a yearly check up in your calendar, and show up when the time comes.” says Dr. Jennifer.
The Women’s Month special also includes supplemental articles
More than half the world’s population is female. Yet, some conversations surrounding women’s health are still considered taboo. This International Women’s Day (IWD), Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City is changing the conversation with ‘Her Stories’ — a special digital series that explores the physical, emotional, and social forces that influence female bodies, and how they can strive for better health and happiness.
‘Her Stories’ is a 12-episode series of conversations where host and TV presenter Cheryl Samad sits down with real, amazing women for candid conversations on their health, self-care and life-changing experiences. The guests include well-known personalities – Xandria Ooi, Choo Mei Sze, Professor Dr Elizabeth Lee, Datin Dr Halina Yunos and joined by female specialists from Sunway Medical Centre.
“‘Her Stories’ is about elevating the voices of women when it comes to their unique journey on health and happiness. Women’s health is beyond physical wellbeing — it also includes her right to have safe, inclusive and sound information; and her access to supportive relationships and community.
That is why, together with the influential women in this series, we want to encourage such conversations to improve health outcomes for both women and children. We hope our viewers are able to relate to these conversations, stories and even struggles. And share them with the women in their lives who might need to hear these conversations,” says Joanne Tay, Assistant Director of Corporate Communication at Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City.
The “C” Word Taboo
The series kicks off with episodes featuring host, entrepreneur, and speaker, Choo Mei Sze. Having been diagnosed with colorectal cancer in her 20s, she shares how she survived a cancer that usually affects men in their 50s; while Dr Jennifer Leong, Clinical Oncologist at Sunway Medical Centre, shares the importance of screening and why cancer should no longer be an enigma and a source of fear. In the light-hearted segments, together the women debunk myths about cancer; and discuss how to respond to unsolicited advice about cancer from well-meaning ‘aunties’.
What About Late Pregnancy?
Is it important to find the right gynae? And does doctor-patient rapport affect women’s health outcomes? What are doctors really looking for in a pap smear? In comes Xandria Ooi, who shares her experience with Cheryl about her journey to becoming a mother in her late 30s. Xandria’s own gynaecologist Dr. Janani Sivanathan, who is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine at Sunway Medical Centre, also appears in the series and shares what young women should ask their gynaes and why it’s important to take charge of their own reproductive health.
COVID-19, Career and Motherhood
Full-time working mothers could perhaps benefit and be entertained by the episodes featuring Datin Dr Halina Yunos who is an ICU resident at Sunway Medical Centre and wife of Malaysia’s first astronaut Dato Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar. Over three episodes, Datin Dr Halina candidly shares her take on family planning; as well as the joy, trials and tribulations of being a mother and a full-time doctor while managing her six children and their health during the COVID-19.
Identity and Ageing
We live in a society that abhors or ignores conversations about ageing; much to the detriment of women’s health. Professor Dr Elizabeth Lee, CEO of Sunway Education Group, and Datin Dr Wendy Lim, Gastroenterology and Hepatology expert at Sunway Medical Centre, address ways to dispel age-related stereotypes—particularly for women— the importance of gut health later in life and why conventional mindsets about ageing can impede women from living their lives to the fullest.
Catch ‘Her Stories’ on Sunway Medical Centre official Youtube channel or on their official Facebook page on1 March 2022. Episodes are released every Tuesday, and complementary articles on women’s health are published every Monday on www.sunwaymedical.com. Join the conversation by sharing your stories and hashtag #SunMedHerStories.
Bactakleen is on a quest for cleaner, purer air
How can Malaysians combat the rise in dangerous air-borne viruses and new COVID-19 variants?
“Air-borne viruses have been around since man existed. Air-borne viruses are often forgotten or omitted because it is invisible. People don’t take notice of it and take it for granted especially during COVID-19 when people wear face masks and they think the face masks will protect them. The biggest problem is when people remove their masks to eat at restaurants and cafes. They are immediately exposed to the danger of air-borne viruses.
Air-borne viruses are spread via the air conditioning system where a sick person coughs or sneezes – the droplets get drawn into the air conditioning system’s intake and recirculated out, thus affecting other people in the same room. Our company developed the first disinfection system, Bactakleen Ultra Mist, specifically to treat the air-borne viruses problem by spraying anti-viral and anti-bacterial mist into the air conditioning system. It has been extensively tested and proven to prevent COVID-19.”
What is the importance of being vigilant against the dangers of COVID-19?
“There is a lot that we do not know or understand about the impact of COVID-19 since the virus reacts differently with different people. Ideally we should avoid contracting it as much as possible, contrary to the herd immunity idea. Many people who contracted COVID-19 (different strains) have reported feeling pain or discomfort from underlying health problems. The virus appears to expose or amplify the underlying health problems, which can lead to death.”
What are the various ways Malaysians can keep themselves, their families and the environment around them safe, clean and disinfected?
“Despite the Omicron variant being milder, it is still recommended to regularly sanitise your hands and contact surfaces, avoid touching your face, wear the face masks properly, and if possible, disinfect the air conditioning system of your car, home or office periodically.”
What are the key considerations in choosing the right kind of disinfectant products?
“Safety is the key in choosing the right disinfectant. Many disinfectant sellers make wild claims about their product’s safety without any proof, and are not backed by any product liability insurance. In the event of any problems, it is unlikely the disinfectant seller will assist the user. Using products with toxic chemicals is worse than not using any disinfectant, as disinfectants with toxic chemicals will cause more problems. Before buying, always check or ask to see safety test reports such as skin allergy test, inhalation test (for items that may end up being inhaled such as products containing Chlorine Dioxide), and oral ingestion test.”
What is Bactakleen’s efficacy rate against COVID-19, its variants and other harmful viruses?
“All of Bactakleen’s products achieve a 99.9% or more efficacy rate when tested against COVID-19. Bactakleen is one of the very few brands in the market that have multiple products that are tested against the COVID-19 virus. Bactakleen’s products are designed to destroy the virus’ structure and, regardless of the variant, the products will effectively destroy the virus. All of Bactakleen products are also safety tested to ensure it is completely safe for its intended use.”
What about the efficacy and safety of Marvekleen, and its use on food and the human skin?
“Marvekleen has been tested to kill 99.99% of COVID-19 virus and has passed all the safety tests such as skin allergy, oral and inhalation tests. It is completely safe on humans and pets.”
What is the importance of internationally recognised laboratory certified certifications?
“Using internationally recognised laboratories help create credibility. These laboratories adhere to strict standards and are Government recognised. Unlike university test reports which are not audited and often are not recognised by any Government – it is also merely a research report rather than an accredited and auditable test.”