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Dangerously High Salt Intake in China


A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association1 on July, 11 2019, found that the average sodium intake among all age groups in China are twice the recommended limits and the potassium intake was less than half the recommended limits. This is of concern because high sodium and low potassium intakes lead to increases ... Read More »

Asians and Chronic Kidney Disease (2019)


Asian patients with chronic kidney disease have an increased risk for hip fracture surgery complications.  In a study performed on 44,065 diabetic Asian patients, 11,954 had chronic kidney disease while 30,449 patients did not have chronic kidney disease.  Both groups had comparable risks of infection. The group of patients with chronic kidney disease had a much higher risk of hospital ... Read More »

Philippines Department of Health Confirms Measles Outbreak


On February 6, 2019, the Philippines Department of Health declared a measles outbreak in Manila, Philippines with over 400 cases and five confirmed deaths from January 1, 2019.  One day later, health officials declared that the outbreak spread to other surrounding regions. As of February 11, 2019, the number of measles cases in the Philippines has risen to 4,300 people ... Read More »

Singaporean Chinese Women: Abdominal obesity is worse for cardiovascular health than general obesity

Obese Women  with highlighted pancreas

The incidence of obesity has been steadily rising in developed and developing countries, affecting 13% of the global adult population. Obesity is strongly associated with health complications and diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases1. In one recent study conducted by Goh and Hart with 1,326 Singaporean Chinese women aged 29 to 71, the researchers found that only ... Read More »

Han Chinese: Gene polymorphisms associated with risk of age-related macular degeneration

Medical Fundus photo of retinal pathology, hemmorhages, vein occlusion, macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in patients greater than 55 years of age in the US. Age-related macular degeneration  affects 2.44% of Chinese people aged 45-49 years; 18.98% of Chinese people aged 85-89 years³.  Researchers from the Department of Ophthalmology of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China concluded that four gene polymorphisms, CX3CR1 839C/T ... Read More »

East Asians and the ALDH2*2 gene

The gene ALDH2, encodes the aldehyde dehydrogenase enzymes which serve to break down  aldehydes after alcohol consumption. However, 540 million people globally of the East Asian descent carry the ALDH2*2 gene variant which is the inactive form of the ALDH2 gene¹. This leads to the accumulation of aldehydes which can result in an increased risk of several types of cancer ... Read More »

Diabetes Quick Facts

Below in this book is for anyone who wants to learn about diabetes and its effect on eyes. We hope this book will be useful for diabetic patients and their family members. Chinese Translation We know that Chinese patients have a higher incidence of diabetes and metabolic syndrome, and to this end, we have made a Chinese translation. Vietnamese Translation ... Read More »

Chinese – American Bone Mineral Density Norms

At the 2016 Endocrine Society Meeting in Boston, April 2016, there was a study, “Using Ethnic Specific Bone Mineral Density Norms in Chinese American Women,” performed in Oakland, California. The authors, Stephanie Kim, MD and senior author, Joan Chia-Mei Lo, MD, both of Department of Internal Medicineof Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, found that using ethnic specific norms for Bone ... Read More »

患有糖尿病和高血压需要检查视网膜 Ghrelin

您有糖尿病和高血压,需要减肥? 改变饮食习惯非常困难! 同时睡眠质量也会影响您的进食需求,通常改变您的胃口需要6个月之久。 大脑中存在一种影响神经的化学物质会通知您的身体您是否已经饱腹和满足。这种荷尔蒙被称做 胃饥饿素(GHRELIN)。这种荷尔蒙的分泌对睡眠状况十分敏感。如果睡眠过少,胃饥饿素( GHRELIN)就会告知您的身体去进食更多的盐,糖和油腻食品。 如果您的医生告诉您需要减肥,注意做到以下几点: 1.减少进食的次数或分量 2.坚持运动 3.对自己有耐心,改变自己的胃口需要6个月的时间 最后请注意,糖尿病和高血压也会影响您的视力,具体请参见下图。如果您被诊断糖尿病和高血 压,请尽快去视网膜医生那里进行检查。 如果您患有高血压和糖尿病,我们会为您提供半小时的专业中文营养健康咨询,价格仅为$25每 次。(保险不报销) 请致电:Gloria Wu, MD 408‐356‐5553 地址:2550 Samaritan Dr. Ste C, San Jose, CA 95124 Read More »

Vitamin D and cognitive function?


Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Main sources of Vitamin D come from the skin as well as our diet. Vitamin D is mostly commonly known for its importance in bones and now it has been shown to be important for cognitive function. A recent study has found that low levels of vitamin D may be linked to losing ... Read More »