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Letters to the Editor, June 5, 2013

Adopt land exchange for new town

At long last, after looking at those miles of underdeveloped land between Tuen Mun and Yuen long, it has been decided to develop the area surrounding Hung Shui Kiu which stands athwart the highway between these two towns.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 12:47am

Study finds air pollution increases insulin resistance and diabetes risk

Exposure to air pollution raises the risk of resistance to insulin, a typical warning sign of diabetes, according to a study of almost 400 German 10-year-olds. Insulin resistance climbed by 17 per cent for every 10.6 micrograms per cubic metre increase in ambient nitrogen dioxide and by 19 per cent for every 6 micrograms per cubic metre increase in particulate matter.

11 May 2013 - 2:33am

Study finds diabetes DNA in 80pc of Chinese

Hong Kong and Shanghai researchers have identified a genetic marker for diabetes in the Chinese population. The discovery is expected to lead to improvements in the treatment and prevention of the disease.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:51am

Book review: The End of Diabetes

In a city where food can be found in nearly every street and at every corner, it's obvious that many Hongkongers live to eat. Dr Joel Fuhrman wants you to do the opposite: eat to live.

26 Feb 2013 - 9:21am

Are we ready for longer lives … and more years of bad health?

Last week, The Lancet medical journal published a series on the global burden of disease. One paper was an analysis of global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010. This was the result of the efforts of 500 authors from 50 countries, and I am pleased to have been part of it.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:41am

Asia's drive for better diabetes control

More than 4,000 experts in diabetes research and medicine from all over Asia met last month at a conference in Kyoto, Japan, where a new mandate called the Kyoto Declaration on Diabetes was drawn up. The mission: to eliminate the disease in Asia.

18 Dec 2012 - 9:06am

Don't blame the sick

If people can make themselves healthy, should we blame them for getting sick? That is the question raised not only by broadening acceptance of the idea that people should assume some responsibility for their health, but also by the exciting new trend towards patient empowerment.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:20am

Pilot project on mainland helps identify more patients with TB

The World Health Organisation recommends that diabetes patients be screened for TB - because diabetes triples the risk of developing TB - and that TB patients also be screened for diabetes.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am

Decoding the disease: does Asia have a future with diabetes?

According to the updated fifth edition of the International Diabetes Federation's Diabetes Atlas 2012, released on World Diabetes Day earlier this month, there are 371 million people in the world with diabetes. If urgent action is not taken, that figure will grow to 552 million by 2030.

4 Dec 2012 - 5:24pm

Designer handbag auction raises HK$400,000 to help fight diabetes

More than 150 style-savvy women cleared out their designer wardrobes in aid of the Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:53am

World Diabetes Day a timely reminder of a global killer

Amid a national party congress that will install China's new leaders and the aftermath of a US presidential election, a day on the UN calendar that comes round every year seems unremarkable. World Diabetes Day is an exception.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Black tea may lower risk of diabetes

A lot has been said about the health benefits of green tea, but a new study published in the online journal BMJ Open suggests that black is, well, the new black.

Researchers conducted a mathematical analysis of data from 50 countries across six continents and found that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is low in countries where consumption of black tea is high.

13 Nov 2012 - 8:53am

Low blood sugar levels affect 46pc of Hong Kong diabetics

Almost half of the 700,000 diabetics in Hong Kong experience symptoms of low blood sugar levels to varying degrees, a study showed on Monday. 

The symptoms, which have been observed in 46 per cent of diabetics, include sweating, dizziness and difficulty standing, according to a study conducted by the Chinese University.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:11pm

Health bites

It all comes out in the wash

4 Sep 2012 - 11:28am

Health bites

Diabetes on the increase in China

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am