As the world moves towards the age of advanced science and technology, everyday life became more convenient and less physically demanding. As with everything else, though it may be advantageous, it also has its own drawbacks when not put into right use.
Humans, as the main recipient of these advances have already tasted its pros and cons. Though life became easier, it also became shorter as many lifestyle diseases have become more prevalent. One of these is the Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and current data shows that 1 out of 5 Filipinos have DM. In line with these, the medical students of Barangay New Barili conducted a DM awareness lecture activity with senior citizens as its target population due to them being identified to be a higher risk population. The said lecture includes the basic definition of DM, the risks attributed to acquiring it, its signs and symptoms, the screening procedures available and the preventive measures.
The activity was successful as it was met with much enthusiasm from the audience. To further extend the service, the medical students also offered a free FBS screening prioritizing but not limited to the senior citizen population of the community. This service can be made possible of course with the support of the Rural Health Unit of the Municipality of Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte. Active lifestyle was also promoted thus a monthly Zumba session has been included to the agenda of the senior citizen’s monthly meeting.
In order to make the most out of this new technology inclined era, we must put extra effort and pay a few sweat to protect ourselves from being a victim of these advances and become its privileged recipient instead.