A health scare made her ditch bad lifestyle habits and lose weight.
Ms Lim Swee Ling started putting on weight when she began working. Despite regular health screenings that warned of impending trouble, she did not see the need to change her lifestyle. Doctors had warned her that if her cholesterol level was still high when she turned 35, she might need to take medication and could even be at risk of a stroke.
“My friends and family members told me I would never be able to lose weight or lower my high cholesterol levels,” said the 33-year-old account manager, whose parents are both diabetics.
“If people asked me, I would just tell them it was the genes and I could do nothing about it.”
Doctors have noted that people tend to ignore recommendations made at health screenings when they find out they do not have any diagnosed illness. However, Ms Lim got a wake-up call after a health screening in April last year at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), when she found out she was at risk of diabetes as a result of being overweight.