FNRI Researchers Study Nutrition-Related Lifestyle Diseases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cynthia T. Gayya,NPS-NSTD   

Have you heard of nutrition-related lifestyle diseases?  These are non-communicable diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles and unbalanced diet that are becoming common in the country. With the effect of urbanization and popularity of convenience foods, there is a tendency for a decrease in physical activity, while levels of smoking and stress tend to increase.

The Filipino diets tend to be richer in energy and fat, less fiber and complex carbohydrates, more alcohol and salt. All these factors may lead to obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer or the so-called nutrition-related lifestyle diseases.

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) conducts national nutrition surveys every five years to determine the nutritional status of Filipinos.

Part of this nutrition survey is the Clinical Phase which looks into nutrition-related lifestyle diseases. Using sensitive equipment, they are able to determine the blood sugar and cholesterol levels of adults, 20 years old and above. Structured questionnaires and body measurements are tools also to determine their current health status.

The result of this survey will be used to determine the population at-risk. This way, one can provide the basis for programs that control and prevent emerging nutrition-related lifestyle diseases.


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