Breast milk is best for your baby

Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

Abbott Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.

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How to build and preserve muscle strength?

Adults between the ages of 40 and 65 years old should be on "high alert" and take active
steps to strengthen your muscle and body for overall health.

Why do you need to keep your muscles strong?

As we age, we lose muscle mass. When losing
muscle mass we face higher risk of:

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Immobility

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Increased Falls

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Physical and Mental Fatigue

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Loss of Independence

Your muscle loss starts
earlier than you think!

After 40, we start to lose muscle mass and that can be as
much as 33% of muscle mass loss between 40 - 80 years old.*

*Baier S et al,JPEN.2009;33(1):71-82.

Muscle Loss

You can build strength with a protein rich diet!

Fill your plate with protein, calcium and vitamin D.

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World Health Organization recommends a complete, balanced Oral Nutrition Supplement1
(ONS) to improve muscle mass and strength which supports mobility and vitality.2

1 A complete, balanced diet must contain sufficient amount of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fibre in the required amounts and in the right proportion.

2 Integrated care for older people: guidelines on community-level interventions to manage declines in intrinsic capacity. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

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Ensure Life and Ensure Gold provide HMB; plus high-quality protein that supports muscle tissue building and growth.

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1 A complete, balanced diet must contain sufficient amount of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fibre in the required amounts and in the right proportion .

2 Integrated care for older people: guidelines on community-level interventions to manage declines in intrinsic capacity. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO .

Build strength with daily exercises!3

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For improving your balance,
do one minute for each leg.

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For strengthening your leg muscles, repeat
5-6 times in sync with deep breathing.

3. Nakamura K, Ogata T. Locomotive Syndrome: Definition and Management. Clin Rev Bone Miner Metab. 2016; 14(2):56-57.

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Join or participate in the programmes by Healthhub to get healthier and feel great.

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Learn more about how to lead a healthy lifestyle at Health Promotion Board.

*Muscle Age is an indication of the strength and performance of the muscles in the lower limbs,
and is calculated based on the 5-times sit-to-stand test which matches test time with specific
biological age groups.4

Results are based on Caucasian age norms.

4 Bohannon R et al. Isokinetics and Exercise Science 15 (2007) 77–81.

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