By Rafael Castillo M.D.
It may be hard to believe that in a developing country like ours—while so many can hardly put food on the table for a decent three meals a day—many are also overweight and obese. Based on figures coming from the National Statistical Coordination Board and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Philippines, 1 out of 4 Filipino adults is overweight with 5 out of 100 considered as obese already. Overweight and obesity are also an increasing problem among our children.
By Romeo A. Divinagracia M.D.
One out of four Filipino adults has high blood pressure (hypertension) or a blood pressure (BP) reading equal to or higher than 140/90 millimeter mercury (mmHg). One in 10 Filipino adults has prehypertension or a BP reading in the range of 130-139/85-89 mmHg. These are among the findings of the latest 2008 National Nutrition and Health Survey (NNHeS II Philippine data) published this year.
By Rafael Castillo
The Philippine Society of Hypertension is currently conducting an in-depth course on the prevention and treatment of elevated blood pressure in the country at the Manila Doctors Hospital conference hall. The statistics on hypertension still remain depressing for the more than 1,500 members of the society spread all over the country, 360 of whom are certified hypertension specialists. “It’s a multifactorial problem, and a multidisciplinary, multipronged approach is necessary to really remarkably reduce the prevalence of hypertension in the country,” stressed Dr. Dante Morales, who is the current president of the society.
By Rafael Castillo
A patient referred by a family physician in the province asked me earlier this week, “What really is an ideal blood pressure (BP)?” He expressed some degree of confusion that he gets different answers to this question, depending on who he’s talking to. The patient is obese and has high blood pressure and diabetes. His [...]
By Theresa S. Samaniego
MANILA, Philippines—Several breakthroughs in the medical field have already made it possible to combat a deadly condition as hypertension. While some countries are now reaping the benefits of these medicinal advances, the case, however, may be different in the Philippines. Dr. Dante Morales, president of the Philippine Society of Hypertension, pointed out that the number [...]