|Not all is well in Hong Kong with the high numbers of young diabetic patients|
Chan urged people to get checked regularly, and those who have a family history of diabetes should get checked sooner rather than later.
There are many people in Hong Kong who regularly -- ie everyday -- eat out and most of the time their food choices are not healthy. By the same token many are not exercising at all or enough.
The government needs to really make people more aware of diabetes, the symptoms and that if caught early, it could be controlled or even cured. I find many locals I meet have no understanding of what a good diet is or what makes a healthy lifestyle.
Otherwise the government's going to see massive healthcare bills, and wondering why more wasn't done in terms of preventative medicine.
On the other extreme, a man in Toronto has cut out added sugar in his diet for almost 600 days. Jason Holborn used to add half a cup of sugar into his Frosted Flakes or Cocoa Pebbles cereal every morning, or even add a cup of sugar to a cup of butter and eat them mixed together.
It was only when he decided to advertise to everyone by putting a sign on his window counting the number of days of not eating refined sugar did he really make an effort to quit. He had a few stops and starts, but now at over 574 days, he can't stop now.
Since then he's realized that sugar caused his extreme mood swings, he has lost some weight and now has a six-pack under his shirt and everything tastes sweet now -- even milk.
If only Hong Kong people were more aware of what they were eating -- but with the recent meat scare at McDonald's -- maybe they will now wake up and wonder where their food comes from and start making more smarter and healthier choices.
A healthier lifestyle means less trips to the doctor -- and wouldn't that make you happier?