Volume 52, Number 5
May 2023

Lifestyle modifications can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and hypertension. A Singapore study examined the association between domain-specific physical activity (e.g. work, transport and leisure) and sedentary behaviour, with T2DM and hypertension.

Individuals with more than 826 metabolic equivalent of task-minutes of leisure-related physical activity per week had lower odds of having T2DM and hypertension. Individuals with more than 8 hours of sedentary time daily had higher odds of having hypertension compared with those with 0–5 hours of sedentary time.

Health promotion strategies can emphasise for moderate levels of leisure-related physical activity, while targeting complex circumstances driving behaviours to increase physical activity.

Illustration by Xinyu Li

Improving electrocardiogram interpretation in Asian athletes: A call to action

The field of sports cardiology has evolved substantially over the past 2 decades due to improved understanding of the athlete’s heart, causes of sudden...

Impact of COVID-19 on mental health and healthcare service delivery

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 6.8 million lives globally.2 While there is yet a cure for the disease, vaccines are now available...

Comparison of four electrocardiographic criteria for the detection of cardiac abnormalities in Singapore athletes

Sudden cardiac death in athletes during exercise is rare, with an estimated incidence of 1–2 per 100,000 people per year in young athletes,1 and...

Impact of COVID-19 on mental health and social service provision in Singapore: Learnings from a descriptive mixed-methods study for future resource planning

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization in January 2020.1 Singapore reported its first case of...

Risk and protective factors of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study in Singapore

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted people’s well-being globally.1 Individuals faced several stressors during the pandemic, including fear of contracting the disease, experiencing severe...


Review on Epidemic of Obesity

Rationale for Redefining Obesity in Asians