For Your SweetHeart Ph Kuya Kim Atienza

For Your SweetHeart: Curb Diabetes and Heart Disease Campaign

The “stay at home” order may be a good measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but it also leaves Filipinos susceptible to a sedentary lifestyle that could pose a danger to one’s overall health, including an increased risk of diabetes.

Data from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reveals that in 2020 alone, nearly 4 million Filipinos are afflicted with diabetes. One of the long-term complications of diabetes is cardiovascular disease, which accounts for 52 percent of deaths among people with Type 2 diabetes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Multinational Study of Vascular Disease in Diabetes. What is even more alarming is that many of those living with diabetes do not know of this critical link between diabetes and heart disease.

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To address this knowledge gap, the “For Your SweetHeart” campaign spearheaded by Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines), Inc., in partnership with medical societies and patient groups, was recently launched to increase awareness among Filipinos about the deadly connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Part of the “For Your SweetHeart” campaign urges Filipinos to get moving and exercise amid home quarantine with an activity dubbed as “Healthy Heart At Home,” an online fitness class conducted by top fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret.  The heart-pumping, low-impact cardio online class, is designed to share key information to the general public about Type 2 diabetes and heart disease connection using a more fun, interactive, and engaging approach.

Prior to the fitness class, TV personality and “For Your SweetHeart” campaign ambassador Kim “Kuya Kim” Atienza, together with Dr. Ayi Faller, President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists – Philippine Chapter, shared more details about the campaign.

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“It’s a cause close to my heart because my mom is living with Type 2 diabetes. There is a need for extra care and caution when it comes to her diet and lifestyle. As her son, I always remind her to take care of her health as well as the need for regular visits to the doctor,” Kuya Kim disclosed in a special video message.

For her part, Dr. Ayi Faller briefly shared facts about the critical link between Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

“Patients with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease. Over time, uncontrolled high blood sugar can damage blood vessels and nerves, leading to the heart and ultimately raising blood pressure levels. Diabetes also increases the level of bad cholesterol. All of these factors increase the risk of heart disease in patients with diabetes,” Dr. Ayi Faller explained.

The event also introduced, a website where patients can learn more about the campaign. The website includes helpful articles on diabetes and heart disease management and an assessment tool based on the Framingham 10-year Heart Disease Risk Test, which requires details of the patient’s total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure.

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Coaches Jim and Toni then led the fitness class featuring low-impact cardio exercise routines that can be easily done at home with loved ones.

“The most important thing is to keep your body moving to keep elevated blood sugar and its complications at bay,” Coach Jim said.

“And to have fun while at it!” Coach Toni added.

The “For Your SweetHeart” campaign is supported by the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation Inc. (ISDFI), American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), Philippine Society of Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism (PSEDM), Diabetes Philippines (DP), Philippine Association of Diabetes Educators (PADE), Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators of the Philippines, Inc. (ADNEP), and Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO).

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  1. Lyka Mitra says:

    Kaya dapat po talagang maging active at healthy lifestyle.. lalo na po ngaung pabata ng pabata po ang nagkakaroon ng diabetes..


    This is a great campaign to maintain healthy leaving

  3. Nozid Faith says:

    Wow .. ang ganda ng campaign na iyan Mamu dahil marami sa ating mga pilipino ang nagsa suffer sa sakit na Diabetes . Nawalan ako ng mahal sa buhay dahil sa sakit na Diabetes ,nakita ko kung gaano siya pinahirapan ng sakit niya .Nung nkaraan mama ko naman muntik na so ayun nag maintain na naman siya ng sugar intake niya .

  4. Rosiel Bogñalos says:

    Diabetes is one of the most common hereditary disease that’s why we need extra care when it comes to our health, with or without family history. Thanks mamu. I love all your blogs♥️

  5. Antoniette Sanchez David says:

    Dapat talaga maging aware tayo sa sakit na diabetes dahil hindi ito basta basta at biro dahil kahit na sa anak napapasa din ito ng magulang nila kaya dapat sumunod tayo sa mga dapat gawin upang malabanan ang sakit na ito

  6. MA D EL says:

    Big help po talaga ang cardio exercise

  7. yanpaladquisol17 says:

    Importante talaga gumalaw- galaw. Ika nga ng iba “galaw-galaw para hindi pumanaw ,😊❤️

  8. Rosebel S. De Vera says:

    My mother in law passed away because of diabetes mamu.. and nkakatkot din po kc baka po asawa q at mga anak ko makuha ung gnun sakit pero wag nmm sna..,😌 kaya super ingats me sa mga kinakain din nla 🤗🙂

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