China health under pressure from rapid change in diets

A woman eats at a fast food restaurant in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

It’s a timely coincidence. Diet is the leading risk factor for premature death on the mainland, accounting for one in three deaths in 2010, according to the study published in The Lancet.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 1:00pm 2 comments

Underdiagnosis of hypertension reveals bigger health system gap in China, experts say

Many older people on mainland suffer from hypertension without realising it

Xiao Mingying, 64, a retired worker in Shanghai, is among the 100 million old people on the mainland who have high blood pressure.

2 Jun 2013 - 1:25pm 1 comment

High blood pressure: a hidden problem

The focus of this Sunday's World Health Day is the global problem of high blood pressure.

Is your blood pressure normal? There's a one-in-six chance that you have hypertension (high blood pressure), and you don't know it.

1 Apr 2013 - 9:57am 1 comment

Health bites

Ageing happily, or not

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Most heart patients have other conditions

6 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Death of woman takes city's toll to 27

A 69-year-old woman with lung cancer, hypertension and diabetes became the 27th Hongkonger to die of swine flu. She developed a fever and went to Prince of Wales Hospital on Friday, where she died on Saturday night. A 57-year-old woman with end-stage renal failure, diabetes and hypertension fell into critical condition with swine flu yesterday.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Warning against slimming product

The Department of Health warned the public not to buy or use a slimming product called 2 Day Diet because it contained undeclared Western drug ingredients that could cause serious side effects, including high blood pressure and heart rate, psychosis and convulsions. The warning came after the department tested samples of the product obtained from an internet auction site.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Wrong drug in packs of medicine given to up to 63 diabetes patients

Up to 63 diabetes patients could have taken the wrong medicine after drug dispensers at the Lady Trench General Outpatient Clinic in Tsuen Wan mixed up their tablets with drugs for controlling high blood pressure, the Hospital Authority revealed last night.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

System to aid forecast of patient stroke risk

A new scoring system can more accurately predict the risk of stroke and death for patients who have previously suffered a mini stroke, according to the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

11 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

health care

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions

1. What is the ultimate goal of China's 'Healthy China by 2020' reform plan?

a. to cut smoking

b. to provide universal health insurance

c. to reduce health care costs

d. to provide universal health care services

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

FYI: We've heard of ayurvedic massage, but ayurvedic clothing? How does that work?

Ayurvedic massage - a speciality of India's Kerala state - is familiar to all spa-goers. The body, dripping with hot herbal oils, is kneaded like dough until the toxins and tensions of modern life have been pummelled out of it.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Health warning to elderly over drug use

A health warning has been issued to elderly people after a survey found that more than a quarter of them ignored the advice of their doctors when taking drugs.

In a poll of 304 people aged 60 or older at five elderly centres between July 21 and August 25, 71 per cent - or 216 people - were taking drugs.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Shooting stressed officer: inquest

A station sergeant who survived a gunshot but died weeks later on a jogging track had suffered from poor health and mental stress after being shot, an inquest heard yesterday.

Wong Siu-pang, 44, had been in good shape before the shooting despite a history of high blood pressure and had taken part in a marathon, his wife Hung Wai-man told the coroner's court.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Past decade saw rise in obesity in children

More schoolchildren have become obese over the past decade, the health minister announced yesterday.

But the rate of diabetes and high blood pressure - conditions usually associated with excessive weight - had not increased, York Chow Yat-ngok said.

About 18 per cent of primary and secondary school pupils were obese last year, up from 16 per cent in 1997.

5 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

As time goes by

WHETHER YOU'RE a boundary-pushing 20-year-old, a career-driven thirty-something, a financially secure 40-year-old, or fit, fabulous and 50, each decade of life brings different health conditions and problems. Lifestyle, work habits, peer pressure, and family and social expectations are all contributing factors, but don't despair: it's not too late to safeguard your wellbeing at any age.

28 Aug 2006 - 12:00am