Cross-posting from Tummy Fillers

For those who are looking for alternative health food but love noodles, here is healthy and easy tocook recipe: Pancit Buco

Recipe details for Pancit Buco can be found here.

Abbott, one of the world’s leaders in health care, along with the leading health economists has supported a new health economics outcomes study. The study found out that patients who were hospitalized and given oral nutritional supplements have had significant reduced hospital stay which results in reduced cost of hospitalization. The 30-day readmission risk was also significantly reduced for patients with at least one known subsequent. The study was done with more than one million adult hospital cases.

Now this is indeed good news for me. Why? Being in my sandwich years of taking care of a family and taking care of my parents, I am constantly anxious about their state of health especially since we live about 4 hours away from each other’s home.

My mother is a stickler for healthy food like fish, fruits and vegetables and so they do not have health-issues related to lifestyle as of now. A few years ago, my father was diagnosed with a condition with which prompt medical interventions were needed. Today he is has good health because of dietary supplements as well as oral nutrition supplements alongside the meals they prepare at home.

Hospital stay is not something we look forward to especially when there are times that those who have been hospitalized come out even more sick

The study I mentioned above was published in the American Journal of Managed Care, (Feb 2013)  provides insights into the economic benefits of prescribing oral nutritional supplements to adult patients in the hospital setting.

W hat are the benefits of providing patients with oral nutrition supplements?

  • 21% or 2.3 days reduction in length of stay which could translate to 21.6% reduced hospitalization cost
  • 6.7% reduction in the probability of a 30-day readmission in patients who had at least one known subsequent readmission

These are just the numbers, for the caregivers and most especially the patients, the emotional and psychological burden of being in a hospital or being sick are reduced as well.

In the study, investigators were able to determine differences in length of stay and costs by comparing hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were prescribed to stays of similar conditions where oral nutritional supplements weren’t prescribed.

“Because oral nutrition supplements are formulated to provide advanced nutrition and calories for compromised patients and are relatively inexpensive to provide, the sizeable savings they generate make supplementation a cost-effective therapy,” said study co-author, Tomas Philipson PhD, Daniel Levin Chair of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Philippine Hospital Setting:

In the Philippine setting, 4 out of 10 among Filipinos who have been hospitalized or are out-patients are at risk of under-nutrition. Under-nutrition makes the body susceptible to more infections that will lead to further complications and prolonging not just hospitalization but having the illness itself.

“Impaired nutritional status, especially in patients recovering from serious illnesses or surgery, can result in longer hospital stays; an increase in complication rates, higher readmission rates, and associated health care costs,” says Dr. Marianna Sioson, president of the Philippine Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.  “Research shows that using oral nutritional supplements can help reduce their length of stay and associated hospital costs.  This is indeed good news for the 4 out of 10 hospitalized Filipino patients who are nutritionally at-risk since most of them shoulder their hospital expenses out of their own pockets.”

One of the ways that under-nutrition can be helped is by taking Oral Nutritional Supplements such as Abbott’s Ensure that has two variants: Ensure Gold and Ensure Acti-M2. Ensure Gold is for those who have reached their “golden years” and is good to drink whether they are healthy or not. Acti-M2 is a perfect drink for those who have not yet reached the golden years. Alongside a healthy lifestyle and eating the right kind of food, optimum health can be achieved.

Incidentally, Abbott Nutrition and the Philippine Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition has a partnership in the fight against Undernutrition with the Undernutrition Risk Screening Survey where those who will participate need to answer a few questions regarding their health conditions.

The results of this survey would give more data on the undernutrition condition of people  at risk for this condition so that early intervention can be started immediately.

Undernutrition Infographics

EnjoyLife Club

Abbott Philippines now offers special discount for every purchase of participating products within maximum limit of purchase every month. Enjoy Life Club also offers professional nutrition care advice as well as personalized meal plans from their team of registered nutritionist-dietitians.

Call (02) 995-1555 or 1-800-10-955-1555 on weekdays from 8am – 8pm for more information. You can also email

About the Study

The Impact of Oral Nutritional Supplementation on Hospital Outcomes”study is a retrospective data analysis on the effect of oral nutritional supplements on hospital economic outcomes. The study compared hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were provided with similar hospital stays that did not provide oral nutritional supplements. The difference between length of hospital stay and cost of treatment (including supplies, labor, depreciation of equipment, etc.) were measured.
The probability of 30-day hospital readmission also was calculated.


About Abbott Nutrition

For more than 85 years, Abbott Nutrition has been developing and marketing science-based nutritional products to support the growth, health and wellness of people of all ages. Internationally recognized brands include PediaSure® brand of complete and balanced nutrition for children; and the Ensure® brand of complete and balanced oral nutritional supplements for adults.

The company is a leader in nutritional products clinically shown to address the distinct dietary needs of people with serious health conditions or special nutrient requirements, such as the Glucerna® brand of nutrition shakes and bars for people with diabetes.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.


Visit Abbott at and connect with them on Twitter at @AbbottNews.


Information written in this article were from the data from studies conducted presented in the conference. I have also received a free sample of Abbott Ensure Gold from Abbott Nutrition which I have given to my mother.

Posted by julie @ 6:19 am
Shelved under Health

Do you know that cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the country? There is an estimated 4,800 women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. This could be your mom, wife, daughter, girlfriend and friend. Everyday, there are about 12 Filipinas who die from this condition which should have been preventable through regular screening and vaccination.

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which us commonly spread through sexual contact The virus may be undetected for as long as 10 years because the HPV infection show no signs and symptoms. It may be that at this moment, there is an estimated 10,000 – 25, 000 women with undiagnosed cases.

Cervical cancer is a condition that can be prevented through regular medical consultations, screening and vaccination, which may reduce the risk of having the HPV by as much as 94%. Vaccines may be administered as early as 9 years old.

In this light, a new advocacy campaign called X Means Love was launched to increase awareness of this condition that takes the lives of our loved ones away. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) partnered with the ABS-CBN Foundation to be able to encourage more Filipinas to arm themselves against cervical cancer. Supported by Bravehearts Coalition of the Philippines, Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of the Philippines (POGS), Society of Gynecologic Oncology of the Philippines (SGOP), Cervical Cancer Association of the Philippines (CECAP), Philippine SocietyAsia Oceana research Institute for Gynecological Infection and Neoplasia (AOGIN) and Healthway Medical.




This call to action and advocacy is being promoted by actress, singer and host Toni Gonzaga, TV news correspondents Ginger Conejero and Marie Lozano and mother-daughter Janella Salvador and Janine Desiderio.

The symbolic X on the arms show the need to cross out cervical cancer as a health threat not just to themselves but to their loved ones as well. This campaign seeks to show that for more Filipinas, cervical cancer prevention means showing love for family, friends and self in order to live life to the fullest without having to worry about cervical cancer.

Posted by julie @ 1:00 pm
Shelved under Health

We are milk drinkers at home though I would have to be honest that I drink more coffee than milk. My children love milk and never tire of drinking a glass or two every single day.

Now that I am getting older (ouch!), I have to be consistent in my health habits and drink more milk. In my quest to look for the right milk for me, I found ANLENE TOTAL.

Anlene Total Plain

Anlene, the Expert in Bone Nutrition, is the leading bone health milk brand in the Philippines.  Its products are enriched with a scientifically formulated complex of essential bone strengthening nutrients and provide twice as much calcium as regular milk.  A research published in 2009 showed that Anlene is clinically proven to reduce bone breakdown within 4 weeks.

Anlene Total Glass

Because I want to have strong bones that won’t snap when I accidentally slip on we floor or suffer from osteoarthritis, Anlene Total is just right for me.

I am concerned not just with the strength of my bones but also with the lubrication that should keep my joints moving. Due to wear and tear, the joint cartilage that protects that ends of the bones can wear out. An essential building block of joint cartilage called glucosamine is found in the body. However the production is reduced when the person gets older which causes disruption of the day-to-day activities like walking. This condition may cause degeneration of joints or Osteoarthritis.

From the Expert in Bone Nutrition comes a new formula containing twice the Calcium vs. regular milk and added Glucosamine to help protect not only your bones but your joints, as well! Anlene Total’s unique combination including Nano-calcium & Glucosamine helps maintain strong bones AND helps fortify cartilage in joints, protecting them against damage caused by everyday physical activities.

The combination of Nano-calcium and Glucosamine in milk is the best reason why I should consider drinking Anlene Total.

Fonterra, maker of Anlene, ensures that bone health awareness continues to be significantly relevant and the role of high-calcium milk in Osteoporosis prevention is clearly established.


New Anlene Total helps provide the necessary protection to support bone and joint health and allows us to continue living life to the fullest.  Keep on moving with Anlene Total now!

Posted by julie @ 5:58 am
Shelved under Health, Interesting tidbits

HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator from Philips is a portable and user-friendly defibrillator. This device could be that thing that may save a life when sudden cardiac arrest happens even when the proper health facilities are not within the vicinity of the attack.

Philips HS1 AED

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) most often occurs when the electrical system of the heart exhibits erratic lapses causing it to stop beating. When this happens, the person’s breathing stops and unless help arrives within ten minutes of the attack, death will most likely occur.

CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is necessary during a SCA but this does not guarantee that the normal heart rhythm can be restored. At this point, the shock from a defibrillator delivered to the patient within at least five minutes after consciousness was lost is the most effective way to restore the normal heart rhythm.

Philips HS1 AED
These defibrillators are usually found in hospitals, health care clinics and emergency vehicles like ambulance. There are however no such devices in malls, offices, commercial planes, airports and schools where an SCA may likely happen.

HealthSolutions recognized the need to have these defibrillators and therefore offer the HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator for those interested to have this handy emergency and life-saving  device.

What does this HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator do?

Weighing only 3.3 lbs, this small and lightweight device can be easily transportable to the person having a sudden cardiac attack. The HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator has a clear and calm voice instruction to guide through each step of defibrillation, in addition to CPR coaching.

HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator is exclusively distributed by HealthSolutions Enterprises, Inc. For more information, contact HealthSolutions at (02) 8365858.


The Kontra Sakit, Kontra Liit Campaign with Ceelin Plus kicked off last year.

This campaign aims to curb growth stunting among Filipino children. The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) conducted a study on the nutritional status of Filipino children in 2011. The results they got are the following:

  • 3 in every 10 children ages 0-5 years old are stunted for their age
  • among children who are 6-11 months, 16.2 percentage have stunted growth
  • stunted growth reaches as high as 33.6% when these children turn a year old

The Philippines has the second highest incidence of stunting in Southeast Asia, with Indonesia at the top spot, according to a United Nations Development Programme study. The high prevalence of growth stunting in the Philippines, placed at 30-39% for chidren under age five has already been a concern with the UN Development Report, back in 2008.

There are two factors main factors to be considered in the incidence of growth stunting among Filipino children:

  • malnutrition
  • recurrence of illnesses and infections

Stand Up for Immunity: A Campaign Against Growth Stunting with Ceelin Plus

Underprivileged children in developing countries such as the Philippines have a high prevalence in the incidence of growth stunting than their counterpart at a higher socioeconomic level.

Stand Up for Immunity: A Campaign Against Growth Stunting with Ceelin Plus

These height deficits in children are related to poverty and other environmental influences (dirty environment, unsafe water, dirty air, too many people in a small space) than to genetic influences in body size, even if there are differences in ethnicity across socioeconomic strata.

It is in this regard that Unilab’s Ceelin Plus launched Kontra Sakit, Kontra Liit campaign. The campaign aims to increase awareness about growth stunting and highlight the importance of strong immunity against illnesses and infections that further contribute to the condition of growth stunting.

Stand Up for Immunity: A Campaign Against Growth Stunting with Ceelin Plus

Why Ceelin Plus? Ceelin Plus has

  • vitamin C that forms part of the body’s natural immune system and stimulates the activities of the antibodies and immune cells.
  • ZINC  is needed for the normal delveopmental and maintenance of the immune system.

Stand Up for Immunity: A Campaign Against Growth Stunting with Ceelin Plus

The preventive supplementation of 10mg/day of zinc increases the immunity against repeated illnesses which has a significant effect on the growth of children less than five years old.

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