The Iloilo City Health Office (CHO) has advised the public to eat moderately during Christmas parties.
“Eating your favorite food is not prohibited, like if you want to eat lechon, but you should eat moderately,” City Health Officer Dr. Bernard Caspe said.
Caspe said based on his observation, those who were advised not to eat food that would trigger their hypertension and diabetes, usually end up eating too much of this food.
He added that eating foods that contain too much sugar and cholesterol may result to or may trigger existing hypertension and diabetes.
Preparing foods that contain sauce such as spaghetti and salad should be avoided to be free from contamination and food poisoning, Caspe said.
“The threat there is that the food was prepared beforehand and it may result to food poisoning because it might become contaminated when it stays long, so we advise to serve dry food. During the preparation stage, make sure that you are using fresh ingredients and gloves to avoid contamination,” Caspe said.
He also advised the public to wear thick clothes because of cold morning, and use umbrella and cap during hot weather in the afternoon.
Caspe said the CHO and all nine health centers offer free blood pressure monitoring and consultation, and provide free medication for those who have hypertension and diabetes. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)