Happy Labour’s Day to all the workers of every field!

02 May 2023 | Article is written by Ng Jia Yin (Nutritionist, Lovy Pharmacy)

Welcome back to the workplace after Labour’s day holiday and again, Happy Labour’s Day to all the workers of every field! We hope you had a good rest and may you all be blessed with the sweetest fruits for all the labor you have put into your work. At the same time, do not forget that health is wealth, as we need a healthy body to contribute to our family, our company and our country.

Malaysian Employees are Overworked, Sleep-Deprived, & Unhealthy

Source: theedgemarkets, February 10, 2020

According to a survey done by the Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality 2019, it revealed that:

  • 4% of respondents reported that they were suffering from at least one or more musculoskeletal conditions
  • 17% of respondents reported that they felt tired and fatigue every single day
  • 32% of respondents reported that they have one or more chronic conditions (kidney conditions, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or cancer)
  • 90% of employees do not eat a balanced diet
  • 42% of employees are either overweight or obese

Job Place Stress: A Silent Killer of Employee Health and Productivity

Job stress is defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. It can lead to poor health and even injury. These effects occur in a continuum and lead to poor company productivity.

Some physical health problems linked to workplace stress include immune deficiency disorders, musculoskeletal disorders such as chronic back pain, and gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. Meanwhile, workplace stress also brings effects on worker’s mental health, such as increased risk of anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. Workers who are stressed at work tend to practice unhealthy behaviors, such as excessive cigarette smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, and poor dietary habits.

Work-Life Balance: How important is it?

We can’t deny that work-life balance carries an important role but it is often overlooked. Work-life balance is about achieving balance and satisfying strategies that could accommodate work and life. It is a crucial aspect in a healthy working environment, as it helps in maintaining mental health, physical health, and increasing employees’ productivity.

However, employees generally face these common work-life balance disruptions, which may cause them to feel extra stressful.

How to create Work-Life Balance?

Hence, on this day, we are here to remind you to have more self-care and self-love in your everyday life, because both your physical and mental health matter!

Relaxing and relieving your stress could be simple. Having a good nutritious meal could help, while activity as simple as having a short brisk walk after work could also help. All it takes is a little bit of your time and it could boost your mood and health extensively.

Examples of Simple, Quick, Nutritious Meal and Leisure Activities

Always remember that a balanced, healthy diet does not necessarily have to be complicated and hard to prepare, and as far as we know work is important, your health and well-being are even more important. Always find time for yourself, and a rest is an essential, preparatory step for a longer journey ahead!


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Nutritional Management During Fasting Month of Ramadan

05 April 2023  |  Article is written by Mohammad Noor Hisham (Dietitian, Lovy Pharmacy)

This article is reviewed by dietitian Tan Jun Er and nutritionist Yeu Yi Wen (Lovy Pharmacy)

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Muslims around the world are nearly halfway through the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslim adults and adolescents who have reached puberty abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk. In Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, the average fasting hours range from 12 to 14 hours a day. Certain groups such as pregnant and lactating women, and individuals with severe illnesses, are exempted from fasting for health reasons.

As we approach the final 15 days of Ramadan, it is important to maintain proper nutrition intake. In this post, we will look into eating habits to avoid, nutritional management for diabetic patients, and Ramadan nutrition meal plans.

Eating Habits to Avoid During Ramadan

Though it is known that fasting during Ramadan has its list of health benefits, following most of our cravings during iftar and not having a balanced meal during suhoor can lead to a harmful eating pattern that might cause health problems.

Nutritional Management for Diabetic Patients

Fasting during Ramadan for people with diabetes carries considerable challenges. Despite that, many diabetic patients still insist on fasting. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) must be conscious of the potential dangers of fasting for some individuals with diabetes and should quantify and stratify the risks for every individual to provide the best possible care. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, discuss with your doctor and dietitian before fasting during Ramadan.

 Consult our doctors and dietitians via Live Chat feature within our Doctor2U app.

Ramadan Nutrition Plan (RNP) for Diabetes Patients

Ramadan Nutrition Plan (RNP) is a clinically proven tool, designed to assist individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) to achieve better blood glucose control and help with weight management. This plan can also be applied for the general population.

The “Ramadan plate” method may be used for designing meals.

(Image credit: IDF-DAR Practical Guideline 2021)

Glycemic Index (GI): A measure of the increase in the level of blood sugar caused by eating a specific carbohydrate.

Managing Digestive Issues During Fasting

The reduction in food intake that comes along with fasting may cause digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, and bloating. It is best to support your fasting journey and enhance the benefits of fasting with probiotic supplementation that contains Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains.

Our Nutridos Bifido mixed berries juice powder is rich with probiotics to help improve good gut bacteria. The juice powder is free from sugar, colourant and artificial flavouring, making it a healthier choice of drink

Purchase Nutridos Bifido mixed berries juice to enjoy its nutritional benefits.

Here is a sample of nutritious and tasty meal plans during the fasting month:

In short, practising mindful eating during Ramadan can help with blood sugar control as well as weight management. Remember to avoid excessive refined carbohydrate intake, choose low Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrates, and consume plenty of water. We hope you have a smooth journey in the remaining days of this fasting month. Selamat berpuasa!


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Breast and Cervical Cancer: Early Detection and Prevention

08 March 2023  | Article is written by Tan Jun Er, Yeu Yi Wen and Bong Xiang Yang (Lovy Pharmacy)

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It’s the International Women’s Day! Today, we are here to empower women to care and make informed decisions about their health.

Did you know that 1 in about 20 Malaysian women are at risk of developing breast cancer?

As reported by The Star in October 2022, “breast cancer is the most common cancer among Malaysian women, accounting for 34.1% of new cases from 2011 to 2016, followed by colorectal cancer at 11.1% and cervical cancer at 6.2%.”

Breast cancer remains one of the leading cancer deaths for Malaysian women. It is estimated that over 9 individuals die of breast cancer every day, while the number of deaths annually is estimated to be 3,500. (1)

How to detect breast cancer early

One major reason for high mortality in breast cancers is patients are more likely to come forward with late-stage diagnosis, which lowers the chance of a cure and limits access to life-saving therapies.

Mammogram screening is one of the best methods for detecting breast cancer early to increase survival chances. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 10% of Malaysians attend regular mammogram screening. (1)

What is mammogram and how does it work?

Mammography examination uses X-ray to screen and diagnose breast diseases in women. It can often find or detect breast cancer early, when it is small and even before a lump can be felt.

Early detection prevents long-term complications. Click here to pre-purchase your mammogram package and contact our BP Healthcare outlets to make an appointment today.

BP Healthcare offers mammogram service

Breast self-examination

Besides that, it is important for us women to observe our breasts regularly and watch out for any breast changes. You are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical help if you observe any breast changes.

Check your breast once a month, 2-3 days after menses:

1.  Observe your breasts in a mirror. Visually examine any changes in shape, size, or redness or scaling of skin.
2. Raise your arms and use your fingers to feel for any unusual changes, such as lumps, hardened knots, or swelling in your armpit or around your breast.
3. Check your nipples for any changes in appearance or discharge, such as blood or yellow fluid.
4. Repeat the procedure for the other breast.

(Image credit: PACE Hospitals)

Awareness on cervical cancer

Meanwhile, cervical cancer happens when cells in the cervix start to become abnormal. According to the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Information Centre on HPV and Cancer, cervical cancer ranks as the 4th most frequent cancer among women in Malaysia and the 2nd most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age. (2)

Prevention is better than cure

The risk factors of cervical cancer include early sexual activity, long-term contraceptive use, and unprotected sex. However, more than 95% of cervical cancer cases are in fact attributed to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

Cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening such as Pap Smear test and HPV DNA test. Women aged 21-65 are recommended to have a pap smear test every 3 years. That way, problems can be detected earlier before they ever become cancer.

Other than that, all women are highly recommended to be vaccinated against HPV, even before becoming sexually active. Gardasil-9 (9vHPV) protects against nine HPV types (6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58). A complete vaccination involves 3 injections at 0th, 2nd and 6th month, and the protection provided by HPV vaccines can last almost a lifetime.

To learn more about HPV vaccine, check out our Q&A session with Dr Choong.


In a nutshell, both breast and cervical cancer are preventable. A regular screening such as mammogram, pap smear, and HPV vaccination can help in early detection and diagnosis.

In conjunction with the International Women’s Day, we are offering a HPV Vaccination Package at only RM1,700 for 3 doses. This promotion is only available until 31 March 2023 so pre-purchase yours today!


1. The Star. (2022, October 30). One in 20 Malaysian Women at Risk of Breast Cancer. Retrieved from https://www.thestar.com.my/starpicks/2022/10/30/one-in-20-malaysian-women-at-risk-of-breast-cancer.
2. Institut Català d’Oncologia. (2021). Malaysia: Human Papillomavirus and Related Cancers, Fact Sheet 2021. ICO/IARC Information Centre on HPV and Cancer. https://hpvcentre.net/statistics/reports/MYS_FS.pdf.

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