Skip to main content

Don’t let your markers turn RED over Chinese New Year

Red. An auspicious colour for an auspicious occasion.
Well, not if it is turning up on your health care report.


Chinese New Year is a time for joyful reunions and enjoying the company of loved ones. However, Chinese New Year is also a time when there are hidden dangers lurking. From the high sugar, high fat content foods, to the long journeys balik kampung, the festive season can quickly become a breeding ground for silent health risks.

This year, Chinese New Year happens to fall during influenza season. Given the nature of festivities, there is an increased chance of human contact especially in crowded areas, which also means you are more susceptible to contracting certain illnesses.

It certainly does not help that a lot of us, (this writer included) throw caution to the wind when it comes to looking after our diet over the festive seasons. Our immune system can be easily compromised by poor nutrition or lack of sufficient rest. This is especially when we are busy juggling work while taking time to prepare for the festivities, not to mention any long journeys back to our hometowns and celebrations that run into the wee hours.

Ok so i just have to watch my diet?

It’s easy to just dismiss your health in favour of the celebratory preparations, and vow to get back on track after the festivities. However, for certain groups of people, they may be at risk for certain illnesses, and neglecting to address that early on can result in dire consequences.

Take for example a person who may be prediabetic. There generally aren't any obvious symptoms that you have to take care of your blood sugar levels. However with delicious goodies such as pineapple tarts, cookies, jelly, sweets, sodas, and more; the risk of getting diabetes can quickly turn very real.

Taking the time to understand your body and the health risks you might be susceptible to is important. A week of neglect can lead to a need for long term care, if the risk is not caught earlier. Booking a regular health screening to keep track of your health markers can help you better manage your life and enjoy the festivities with a peace of mind.

I can’t understand health screening reports anyway

We understand, health screening reports are confusing, with a bunch of numbers and some asterisks, which tells you absolutely nothing about how to take care of your health.

That’s why MyDoc’s health screening reports are not only colour coded, but also comes with descriptions to exactly what that means. While seeing yellow or red on the reports doesn’t make anyone feel good, we make sure you are supported in your efforts to make the red marker green again.

Best part, it’s delivered right to your phone so you don’t have to line up for hours at a polyclinic just to pick up your report. If you still feel unsure about your markers, you can easily get a hassle free follow up with a doctor right on your phone.

So for this Chinese New Year, may the only red things be your angpow and festive decorations, and may all your health reports be free of the red.

Popular posts from this blog

Tuesday Tips: Haze survival tips

Over the weekend, the Pollutant Standards Index in Singapore has reached 3 digits, the first time in 3 years! As a rule of thumb, anytime the PSI goes into 3 digits, it's bad news.

We can't control the weather, but we can give you a few tips to help with minimising the effects of air pollutants on our eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

(picture from www.theonlinecitizen.com)
1. Stay indoors. 
This may be obvious, but yes, close the doors and the windows or any openings that may let dirty air sneak in. Turn on the air conditioner or the air purifier (if you have one). Your electric bill won't thank you, but it's better than getting a hospital bill. Avoid outdoor activities - you can always join a gym if you're afraid of missing out on your cardio.

2. Wear appropriate masks.
A lot of us commute to work and it's inevitable we will be breathing in the air outside. Surgical masks won't be able to effectively filter the air pollutants, so grab yourself some respirators…

Prudential, MyDoc to launch online doctor consultations, telemedicine services to Asian consumers

HONG KONG, CHINA - 5 August 2019 - Prudential Corporation Asia ("Prudential") today announced it will partner with telemedicine provider MyDoc to offer consumers access to value-added health services on their mobile phones, including doctor consultations, electronic prescriptions and electronic medical certificates. Prudential is a leading life insurer and asset manager in Asia with over 15 million customers and £151 billion in assets under management. Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is a leading digital healthcare provider in Asia. MyDoc's services will be integrated into Pulse by Prudential, the first app of its kind in the region offering holistic health management to users. Pulse features self-help health and wellness tools, a symptom checker powered by Artificial Intelligence, and other value-added services. The Pulse app will launch in 11 markets across Asia, and can be downloaded for free. MyDoc offers patients a video consultation with a doctor through Pulse…

Singapore's MyDoc, UK's Synergix Health to jointly offer telemedicine services across Europe and Asia

SINGAPORE telemedicine provider MyDoc is teaming up with UK digital healthcare firm Synergix Health to jointly provide telemedicine services across Europe and Asia, the companies announced on Monday. Synergix and MyDoc will provide online and in-person medical advice to a combined user base of close to 500 corporate clients, through the integration of their digital platforms and patient networks. Users will be able to access the services round-the-clock, in several languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bahasa and Hindi. “Through this partnership, patients will be able to experience coordinated management of their health conditions, order repeat prescriptions, and connect to licensed clinicians through telemedicine services, all with zero interruption of service across Europe and Asia,” said Vas Metupalle, co-founder of MyDoc, in a media statement. Bayju Thakar, co-founder of Synergix, added that his company was thrilled to share its expertise in providing seamless access …