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Health worry

Litia Vulaidausiga
Thursday, July 31, 2014

HEALTH screenings for senior citizens in Nadi showed that 95 per cent of those checked had high sugar and blood pressure levels and were not "ageing well".

About 80 people above the age of 55 were screened by Projects Abroad volunteers within a two-hour period at the Nadi Civic Centre, where mixed celebrations were held to mark Senior Citizens Day and Eid.

"It is shocking but then these kinds of figures are to be expected of current dietary patterns," said Roshan Lal, a public health consultant with Projects Abroad.

He said simple carbohydrates like white flour were prominent features in many diets.

"So the situation over here is that they are not aging well and one of our primary objectives is to guide people to age healthy and enter into their mid-50s disease-free and at the moment it is very evident that this is not being done."

Those checked were issued advice on how to take a healthier approach to their intake by the volunteers, most of whom were nutritionists and trainee doctors. Mr Lal said the volunteers were trained by local health professionals on how to conduct basic check-ups and how to advise of nutritional guidelines.


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