Smoking is in control and wellness is on the rise, which is great news for all Asians! But there are a few festering issues that must be addressed before it can claim the title of “Healthier Asia”. Here are some good and bad health developments that are rocking Asia.
Unfortunately, many Asians grow up drinking at parties, with friends and at other social events and don’t realize when enough is too much. This is what happens with addiction. We build a tolerance over time and need to drink more and more for the same effect. Before we know it, addiction has taken hold. It’s time to start discussing the lethality of alcohol before addiction claims any more lives.
You may have noticed Barre studios popping up in some of the major cities in Asia, like the popular franchise Barre2Barre. Barre is an intense yet low-impact workout that’s often described as a combination of yoga, pilates and ballet exercises.
Diabetes is a major health concern across Asia with a staggering number of Asians living with the disease. By 2050, this number is expected to rise further, making it a threat that shouldn’t be ignored
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented and often controlled by diet. Asians need to get better acquainted with healthier foods and avoid processed foods and sweets.
Worldwide soft drink sales are falling, and probiotic drink sales are rising.
This includes drinks like kefir and kombucha, which are rising in popularity in Singapore. Probiotics, like those found in kefir and kombucha, help restore a healthy balance of gut flora. A balance of good bacteria can help boost the immune system and improve your overall health.
5. Clean air
Growing industrial hubs like Jurong Island, construction activity and an increase in cars on the road all contribute to Singapore’s air pollution. Unfortunately, this leaves the country lagging by most air quality standards.
But Asia’s clean air story isn’t all doom and gloom. It’s made great strides in the past few decades. And Asia as a whole has steadily enhanced its air quality standards to accommodate commerce and transportation. Many Asian governments discourage the use of fossil fuels and take measures to help fight climate change. When it comes to clean air, Asia may have room for improvement but it is certainly on its way. Have you noticed any recent health trends worth noting?