Living Lifestyle - Healthy lifestyle boosts protection against H1N1

A HEALTHY lifestyle which includes a well-balanced diet and regular exercise would strengthen one's immunity to the pandemic strain of Influenza A(H1N1).

WHO's team leader (Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response) Dr Jacob Kool said a person's system would naturally be more resistant to illnesses like the flu if they adopted a healthy lifestyle.

On whether it was wise to consume vitamin supplements to boost protection, he advised against it.

He reiterated that the Tamiflu drug does not offer a 100 per cent cure.

"It generally shortens the infection and makes it less intensive," he explained.

"For optimum effect, the drug is best to be taken within two days."

The pandemic virus has been determined more dangerous for people in the following conditions:

* The very old and the very young

* Chronic heart disease

* Chronic lung disease (e.g. asthma)

* Diabetes

* Obesity

He stressed the importance of people being serious about the preventive measures, like staying at home if one is coughing and sneezing.


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