Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Michelle Chong and her dad raise awareness for diabetes, heart disease

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/michelle-chong-and-her-dad-raise-awareness-diabetes-heart-disease
By Nur Syahindah Ishak, The New Paper, 12 November 2018 at 06:00 am


Michelle Chong and her father join forces to raise awareness of link between heart disease and diabetes.
PHOTO: Michelle Chong and her father join forces to raise awareness of link between heart disease and diabetes.
Picture posted by Nur Syahindah Ishak, The Straits Times on 12 November 2018 at 9:38 am SGT - Mr Steven Chong and his daughter, local celebrity Michelle Chong.
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Local celebrity Michelle Chong and her father Steven, better known as Papa Chong, know what it is like to deal with diabetes and heart disease.

Mr Chong, 71, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 30 years ago and also had to undergo a triple bypass surgery.

Chong, 41, was by her father's side through it all.

The World Heart Federation reported earlier this year that people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease, and half the heart attack victims in Singapore have diabetes.

The duo are ambassadors of For Your Sweetheart, a nationwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of the critical link between these two conditions. It is helmed by Diabetes Singapore, Singapore Heart Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim, a pharmaceutical company.



Today is my public appearance as the ambassador for the 'For Your Sweetheart' campaign.
PHOTO: "Today is my public appearance as the ambassador for the 'For Your Sweetheart' campaign. The main aim is to let more people know about the relationship between high blood sugar and heart disease. Hope that everyone will take care of your heart and your sweethearts ❤️#foryoursweetheartsg"
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They were at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday for an event organised by Diabetes Singapore to commemorate World Diabetes Day on Wednesday.

Chong told The New Paper: "I was doing my A levels at the time when his heart disease developed to the point where he had to have a triple bypass surgery.

"It was very shocking when I went to visit him in the hospital after he had his triple bypass surgery, to see him all tubed up and vulnerable."

Bypass surgery is done when arteries that supply blood to the heart are damaged. A triple bypass is required when three arteries are blocked or damaged.

Mr Chong still has diabetes.



My first time on air this morning at DJ 林安娜’s (Lín ān nà) show on 96.3好FM together with my Daughter as ambassadors for the #foryoursweetheartsg campaign
PHOTO: "My first time on air this morning at DJ 林安娜’s (Lín ān nà) show on 96.3好FM together with my Daughter as ambassadors for the #foryoursweetheartsg campaign"
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He said: "When I was working, I used to eat a lot of outside food. I could eat four roti pratas at one go."

After he was diagnosed with diabetes, his family has been watching over him to ensure he does not consume too much of sugary or oily foods.

They also stay active together by doing brisk walks and playing table tennis.

Said the actress: "His condition has definitely brought us closer together because I am always involved in his lifestyle choices. This has also taught all of us siblings that we need to take care of our parents' health and our own health."

Mr Chong also shared his personal experience with diabetes and heart disease, and how family support is important for patients with diabetes.



Celebrity Michelle Chong and her father Steven Chong are fronting a campaign to raise awareness of the link between diabetes and heart disease.
PHOTO: Celebrity Michelle Chong and her father Steven Chong are fronting a campaign to raise awareness of the link between diabetes and heart disease.
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His daughter talked about her perspective as a family member of someone who has diabetes and heart disease.

Said Mr Chong: "For someone living with diabetes, the support of the family is very important in making sure that the condition is managed well. Don't be scared to rely on your family to help you."

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Dr Mohd Azhar Ahmad, 46, head of the medical department at Boehringer Ingelheim Malaysia and Singapore, explained the connection between diabetes and heart disease.

He said: "Over time, uncontrolled high blood sugar can damage blood vessels and nerves leading to the heart. This can raise blood pressure levels."

He added that having diabetes can also increase levels of cholesterol.

"All these factors combined increase the risk for heart disease in diabetic patients," said Dr Azhar.



Actress-director Michelle Chong says she stays trim by doing star jumps.
PHOTO: Actress-director Michelle Chong says she stays trim by doing star jumps. She and her father also stay active together by doing brisk walks and playing table tennis. This has also taught all of them siblings that they need to take care of their parents' health and their own health.
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Picture posted by Kenneth Goh, The Straits Times, Foodie Confidential on 12 July 2015 at 5:00 am SGT - Michelle Chong the eating monster

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'For Your Sweetheart', is a nationwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of the critical link between these two conditions (Diabetes and Heart disease).
PHOTO: "For Your Sweetheart", is a nationwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of the critical link between these two conditions (Diabetes and Heart disease). It is helmed by Diabetes Singapore, Singapore Heart Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim, a pharmaceutical company.
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By Nur Syahindah Ishak, The New Paper, 12 November 2018 at 06:00 am
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[1] Nur Syahindah Ishak, The New Paper, Michelle Chong and her dad raise awareness for diabetes, heart disease, posted on 12 November 2018 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/michelle-chong-and-her-dad-raise-awareness-diabetes-heart-disease


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