More and more Malaysians are now aware that prevention is better than cure, and lifestyle changes go a long way in preventing many diseases. While I was waiting for my grandmother at the hospital, I was talking with this elderly lady who is afflicted with Type II diabetes - she told me that she has been watching her diet, and I was very impressed with the fact that she knew that Type II diabetes is caused in part by diet, and that she was doing something about it.
The Star newspaper published an article on 27/05/2007 (http://www.thestar.com.my/health/story.asp?file=/2007/5/27/health/17846417&sec=health) to highlight the importance of lifestyle changes in the prevention of many non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes).
While it seems that lifestyle changes are only relevant to people of a certain age-group - those whose risk of getting cardiovascular disease is high - the take-home message is that lifestyle changes are relevant to everyone of every age, gender, walks of life, even if you've already had a heart attack, or a stroke.
The question is not how much longer we can live, but how we would want to spend the rest of our lives.