Introduction of Exercise for Medicine (Exfome) Programme Among Patients In Primary Health Clinics In Malaysia

Omar Mihat, Rimah Melati Ab Ghani, Nor Asiah Muhamad, Lee Chee Pheng, Safurah Jaafar, Nurul Syarbani Eliana Musa, Roslinda Abu Sapian, S Asmaliza Ismail, Tahir Aris
2020 Global Journal of Health Science  
INTRODUCTION: Diseases due to unhealthy lifestyles such as heart diseases and diabetes are increasing in Malaysia. Heart diseases are the leading cause of deaths of patients in government hospitals, i.e. 16.1% of total deaths in 2009. A customised exercise regime called Exercise for Medicine (EXFOME) was introduced to improve and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension. MATERIAL & METHODS: A total of 126 participants from government health clinics
more » ... ent health clinics in three states of Peninsular Malaysia were selected to participate in the EXFOME. Each participant was evaluated prior to the program using an assessment protocol. Fitness assessment and evaluation with body composition measurement were taken. Exercise therapist prescribed a personalized exercise program according to conditions. RESULTS: Effect of exercise was measured in terms of improvement in hypertension and diabetes, body weight, body fat, lipid profile and physical fitness at three and six months. CONCLUSION: EXFOME is beneficial to improve the status of hypertension, diabetes, body weight and lipid profile when it is carried out for longer period.
doi:10.5539/gjhs.v12n4p104 fatcat:upx57d6hjvf27bwqw7mqrnqyca