“Kurangkan makan babi” – says the doctor at BMC


I have been experiencing discomfort on my legs, and the back of my neck after eating seafoood and red meat, and I guess the trend has got me a bit worried, and so I decided to do a medical check-up at the newly opened Borneo Medical Centre (BMC) at Simpang Tiga, Kuching.

Briefly, the medical check-up up cost me RM415 (including GST), and it was completed in about an hour which was faster than I expected.

After the whole check-up, I went to hang out with Kim at Noodles Descendants for a bowl of delicious pork soup before I got a call from BMC asking me to come back at 1130PM for my full medical report.

When I arrived, the summary of my check-up was explained to me in detail, and it was revealed that I currently need to eat right, and exercise more because my cholesterol level is above average, and my uric acid, the main reason for my joint discomfort, is also slightly elevated.

To lower these figures, I was asked to lessen my meat intake which includes pork, which I do take on a very regular basis.

But the real challenge is to lower my weight and exercise more because there’s really no motivation for me to do so…. (probably until now)

And if you were wondering, BMC was excellent in their service with everyone, from the nurse to the doctor, to the cashier. Everyone was being very nice and polite, worth the cash spent.


    • Thanks bro. I did my check up at 7AM as they asked me to come that early. I figure it was smart as by the time the lab people come in, they have samples to work on already! As for opening hours, I’m not sure, but call before you come and I’m sure they would enlighten you with their time.

  1. I don’t think it’s pork specifically. If your LDL high then overall kurangkan fatty food, red meat, incl anything with santan. I think pork is actually categorized under white meat if I’m not mistaken (pernah dengar something like that on Food Network), though I might be wrong. As for uric acid/joint swelling it sounds like you might have gout tendency or possible family history. That means have to kurangkan red meat esp beef, and things with high protein (purine) content even tofu/tempe.

  2. Hi,
    I am. general medical practitioner and I would like to offer the following suggestion.
    Meat and seafood are often implicated with high cholesterol.
    If you slaughter a goat or pig, you will find that these animals do have a lot of fat. Where do all the fat come from? Goats and pigs are non-meat eaters. In fact, a goat or cow or pig for that matter are vegetarians. Likewise, if you look around you, you will find many obese vegetarians. Where do they get all that fat?
    Meat is basically a source of protein. We need protein to build muscles. They do not provide the energy you need.
    Where do you get your energy from? Well, unknown to many, the one that is converted the fastest to sugar is carbohydrates (starch). That means your rice, kolo mi, bubur etc. This sugar is then converted into ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which basically means energy. In short, your source of energy (read, sugar) is the carbohydrates.
    The Asian diet is very carbohydrate-based, meaning rich in sugar. Unlike the olden day farmers who sweat the whole day and may need three hot meals, most of us who work in the office may not need as much energy. That excess energy is then converted to cholesterol. Cholesterol in itself is not bad but excessive cholesterol is.
    When we exercise the body will burn that excess cholesterol.
    Secondly, if we cut down our carbohydrate consumption, our body will burn the excess fat to provide the energy we need. This is the secret behind the success of Atkins diet.
    Can we still eat meat? Yes, just throw away the fat and cut down on frying.
    As for seafood. Seafood is your source of minerals like zinc, among others – these are powerful natural anti-oxidants that actually protect your heart and prevent cancer. Rugi tak makan! Do they not contain cholesterol? No they don’t. It is just a myth.
    In summary, the key to losing weight and cholesterol lowering is in lifestyle measures – frequent excercise and a balance diet. Start your day with a good, hefty breakfast and do not wait until you are hungry to eat. When you are too hungry, you will eat up everything in front of you. Rather, once again start your day with a good hefty breakfast and eat something during coffee and teabreaks. Eat before your hungry, stop before you are full. Cut down the carbs. Eat meat in moderation, eat a lot of vegetables and fruits and drink plenty of water.
    I hope that helps.

    • Hi Christopher, Thank you for the explanation and the advice. I agree, seafood is really ‘rugi tidak makan’ hahahaha, and I’ll heed your advice as well as to exercise, cut down on sugar and carb, and exercise more. Thanks for the comment again!


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