7 in 10 Singaporeans underestimate the importance in healthy ageing

According to a study recently conducted by Herbalife, Singaporeans are concerned about ageing issues, but they understate the importance of nutrition in healthy ageing.

Herbalife’s Asia Pacific Healthy Ageing Survey was conducted with 6,000 respondents aged 40 and over, across 12 countries in Asia Pacific, including 500 Singaporeans, and found that only three out of 10 Singaporeans are confident in their ability to age healthily.

We cannot understate importance of nutrition in ageing healthily.

Singaporeans are taking active steps to age healthily 

The study also found out that respondents are generally concerned about the health issues associated with ageing and are aware that taking active steps is important to age healthily.

For example, the Singaporeans surveyed, had been concerned about health issues linked to ageing, such as bone and joint health (61 per cent), heart health (57 per cent) and brain health (52 per cent) and agree that they can take active steps to help age healthily.

To take active steps to ageing well, 42 per cent of Singaporeans said they would engage in more regular physical activity.

Singaporeans underestimate the importance of nutrition in healthy ageing

However Singaporeans underestimate the importance of nutrition in healthy ageing though. For example only 24 per cent said that they would make better nutrition choices and eight per cent said they would take nutrition supplements that support healthy ageing. Seven per cent said they would undergo more regular medical check-ups.

82 per cent of Singaporeans also considered themselves as healthy or more healthy than others, and for health issues that are not easily detected, such as heart (85 per cent), emotional (84 per cent) and mental issues (89 per cent), Singaporeans surveyed, showed higher levels of confidence in their state of well being, considering themselves equally healthy or more healthy than others in these areas. So as a result, this put them at risk of over-estimating the state of their own health.

Not enough are viewing nutrition as a key factor in ageing well.

More than 20 per cent of Singaporeans will be aged 65 and above by 2024

This is indeed worrying because more than 20 per cent of Singaporeans will be aged 65 years and above by 2024 ,and by 2030, this figure is expected to double to 900,000 – equating to one in every four Singaporeans. This means that Singapore will become a ‘super aged’ country.

Said Jason Leng, Acting General Manager and Head of Sales, Herbalife Singapore, “With Singapore on its way to joining the ranks of being a Super Aged nation, it is worrying to see that seven in 10 Singaporeans above 40, are fully prepared in terms of healthy ageing.”

He added, “While most are concerned about ageing related issues, only a small number want to make better nutrition choices. This demonstrates that consumers do not fully understand the importance of nutrition to healthy ageing.”

Herbalife recently conducted an Asian Pacific Wellness Tour to help people live better

To provide more information on living a healthy and active life, Herbalife Nutrition recently conducted an Asia Pacific Wellness Tour, led by Dr. John Agwunobi, the Chief Herath and Nutrition Officer at Herbalife Nutrition, who had shared his expertise on health related topics to help people live better.

Said Dr. John, “We believe in taking a proactive approach to help people cultivate good nutrition habits, incorporate regular physical activity, consume the right supplements and schedule regular health check ups for their personal well being.”

He added, “Through the recent Asia Pacific Wellness Tour, we hope that we had helped Singaporeans to harness the power of nutrition to prevent ageing related issues so that they can have a long and fulfilling life.”

Main Highlights of the Tour

The main highlights of the tour, which had consisted of a series of workshops taking place across Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, had featured the Medical Symposium on “Longevity Strategies for Protecting Brain Health.” This had been led by Dr Gary Small in Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia.

Herbalife Singapore hopes to help people to live better.

Held in collaboration with the Ikatan Dokter Indonesia (IDI), a well-known local medical association, the event saw over 400 medical professionals overall, participating in the session.

Said a participant, Dr Carolina Pretty, a General Practitioner who had been a part of the Symposium in Jakarta, “The third Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour was a fantastic experience for me. The Medical Symposium, which had been helmed by Dr Gary Small, had been very informative and this had piqued my curiosity in learning about the link between nutrition and our overall brain health.

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