Your Health Matters!

Your Health Matters

Are Malaysians getting healthier or are we going the other way? Let’s find out…

Health is wealth and at Urban Health, we take this old adage very seriously. As a team, our main purpose is to share the latest health and medical news and views to help every reader become the healthiest version of themselves…and that includes you!

As we know, the health and medical world is constantly evolving. On one hand, you hear about amazing medical breakthroughs, which can tremendously improve a person’s health but on the other hand, there seems to be a worrying rise in the number of people diagnosed with serious diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

This is something we should reflect on because when it’s all said and done, everything in life revolves around good health. The truth is, your health matters and it matters a lot. When you’re feeling good, you’ll be able to live life to the fullest no matter how old you are.

It’s important to keep in mind that good health is not just about being free from disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as, “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

In conjunction with Urban Health’s 10th Anniversary, we’ve listed out data and facts that will shed some light on the current health situation in Malaysia.

29,717, 000 – Total population in Malaysia as of 2013

  • As of 2013, 9 % of the Malaysian population are above the age of 60
  • 150, 000 deaths recorded in 2013
  • Average life expectancy of a Malaysian: Male – 72 years, Female – 76 years

Major health conditions affecting Malaysians:

  • 15.2 % of adults are diabetic
  • 32.7 % of adults have hypertension
  • 35.1 % of adults have high cholesterol

The Malaysian Lifestyle:

  • 64.8 % of adults are physically active
  • 92.5 % of adults consume less than the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  • 25 % of Malaysian adults smoke tobacco products

Top 5 causes of death in Malaysia in 2012:

  1. Ischaemic heart diseases (20.1 %)
  2. Stroke (10. 6 %)
  3. Lower respiratory infections (11.8 %)
  4. Road injury (4.7 %)
  5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (4.6 %)

In 2012, 20 % of adults between 30 to 70 years succumbed to 4 of the major non-communicable diseases. These are cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.

Mental health illnesses among adults aged 16 and above

In 2011…

  • 1.8 % suffered from depression
  • 1.7 % had Generalised Anxiety DIsorders
  • 1.1 % reported to have attempted suicide in the past

Prevention is better than cure:

  • From 2010 to 2011, 37.8 % of Malaysians had a medical check-up
  • 11.7 % received various types of vaccination of any type

How to boost your health

  • Sleep for at least 8 hours a day
  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet. For a daily calorie intake of 2000 calories, a balanced diet should consist of 6 servings of grains (ideally, whole-grain), 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 servings of low-fat dairy products and oil and 4 servings of nuts, seeds and legumes.
  • Get physically active Aim to workout for 150 minutes a week with moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking). You should also do resistance training that works all major muscle groups (including your arms, abdomen, chest and hips) two or more days a week
  • Go for regular medical check-ups. Ideally, this should be done annually, unless advised otherwise by your doctor
  • Seek medical help. Do not ignore your health problems
  • Stay up-to-date with Urban Health


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