Malaysians are prone to suffer heart attack and stroke, compared with other chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes, because of their living style and eating habits, says dietitian Gary Lee Poh
He said statistics released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2006 showed almost 20 per cent of the people in Malaysia suffered heart attack and stroke.
“Several factors contributed to this, including imbalanced diet and an inactive life style, like not having enough exercise, and pressure,” he told Bernama here today.
He said these diseases could be avoided by adopting a healthy lifestyle, like eating right, exercise at least three times a week.
“We should have a balanced diet as shown in the food pyramid to ensure weare fit and healthy,” he added.
On the various health food in the market, Lee said consumers should not be influenced by advertisements, but to buy products which effectiveness had been scientifically tested.
Other factors to be looked into are the composition or contents of the health food, absorption process and guarantee form the manufacturers on the safety of their products, he added.