ST looks at healthy hawker eats in first part of series on diabetes

Madam Wee Ling Kue, 67, has added wholegrains to her dishes at Original Tiong Bahru Golden Pig & Roasted.
Madam Wee Ling Kue, 67, has added wholegrains to her dishes at Original Tiong Bahru Golden Pig & Roasted.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

Diabetes is a growing worry in Singapore, with more than 400,000 Singaporeans living with the disease.

One in three Singaporeans faces a lifetime risk of getting it and, if nothing is done, more than one million Singaporeans are projected to suffer the chronic condition by 2050. To avert it, the Government declared a "war on diabetes" in April 2016.

In an eight-part series that starts today, The Straits Times takes an in-depth look at the efforts so far - and what more needs to be done.

The move to get hawkers to serve healthier versions of their dishes comes under the spotlight in today's Mind & Body. Readers can also pick up health tips for eating out.

In the following weeks, the series will examine the trend of low glycaemic index food products, the growing number of people forming fitness groups to stave off diabetes as well as what schools are doing to put children on the right track.

Visit the ST website to view the collection of stories and visuals, and look out for exclusive videos on topics such as grocery shopping for diabetics, as well as an interactive map showing where one can find healthier hawker eats.

A new podcast series, Health Check, will also be launched today, featuring Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Senior Health Correspondent Salma Khalik.

Mr Gan talks about the kinds of sugar tax measures that might be considered, among other points.

• Listen to or download ST's inaugural Health Check podcast at https://bit.ly/2M16Xxc

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2018, with the headline 'ST looks at healthy hawker eats in first part of series on diabetes'. Print Edition | Subscribe