The advice for #diabetics in #Singapore? Replace white rice with brown rice. While that's a step toward some kind of awareness, it is just not enough.
Singapore is a place very close to my heart as I spent close to a decade there. Prime Minister #LeeHsienLoong - in his #NationalDay address recently - shared that 1 in 9 people in Singapore were diabetic / the #Malay community made up the most numbers due to obesity / how diabetes is 'invisible' till it's too late, and much more.
If any country can take the 'war on diabetes' to every person, it is Singapore. They undertake campaigns on a war footing, and given that it is a very small island-nation, that is easy to do.
While I am confident that the Singapore government will make diabetes a household cause given their focus and laser-sharp efficiency, I am less confident about Singaporeans' zeal to change their dietary habits as food or 'makan' is such an important part of their lives - and identities in a sense. From the Malay roti #pratas to Chinese chicken rice (the chicken is blissfully keto, alas, the rice is not) and the Indian #biryani wonders in the streets of Little India and food courts, dining is a national indulgence.
When I worked in publishing there, I grew very familiar with my colleagues' lifestyles - almost all the ladies ate out at food courts - hardly any of them cooked. When Chinese New year rolled around, our office would get stacked with mooncakes and #kueh boxes (pineapple tarts). When Christmas came around, gingerbread houses made of sugar and flour lit up our nooks and corners at work. I think I put on the most weight there.
Many Singaporeans are impressively health conscious - and many local forums are abuzz with #keto news and success stories. But I suspect it is a small minority. How can you get someone to leave the noodles out in char kway teoh - it's culinary sacrilege, some would say.
The other thing is that many Singaporeans are very frugal & cost conscious - they will stand hours to save $5 on a Ben & Jerry icecream scoop. Maybe the government should give out free #glucometers & subsided testing strips and clear blood sugar charts. I'd get in that queue!
#lhl #t2d #makan