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Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Lifestyle is a weekly show that features interviews with health and lifestyle experts, and discusses news and information on health matters to enable listeners to make informed changes to their lifestyle.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays
  • UTC Time: 0400
  • Duration: 20
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April 23, 2014

High Altitude Might Cause Diabetes

A study conducted at the Mount Everest found that long time exposure to the high altitude develop mechanism that is associated with type 2 diabetes. Professor Mike Grocott, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, who led the team and summited the Everest told Healthy Lifestyle program that people who worked at the Everest base camp for a longer time have increased their levels of insulin or glucose intolerance. “That is something commonly predisposed towards diabetes,” he said. Dr. Grocott also found that insulin condition in healthy people at the Everest base camp become comparable to that of obese people at sea level. The study was published in the journal PLoS ONE on April 14, less than a week after Healthy Lifestyle reported the death of a Tibetan mountaineer caused by diabetes, sourcing the Chinese official reports. The researchers are currently assessing their study on Sharpas to see whether the local people have better glucose tolerance at higher altitude. Dr. Grocott, however has said that in general, the diabetes control is harder to do at higher altitude. Grocott and his team conducted the research in 2007 and 2013 at the Everest with a group of climbers. Another research conducted in 2002 at the Mount Chouyu looked at the effects of altitude on Type 1 Diabetes patients. Professor Angelo Avogaro from Universty of Padova, who led the research, says that the patient's requirement of insulin doubled as they ascended the 8201 meter high pick.

April 14, 2014

Death of Famous Tibetan Mountaineer Reminds Diabetes Can Kill Even Athletes

China Daily reported recently that the Tibetan woman who became the first female mountaineer summiting Mount Everest from the northern side 39 years ago died from diabetes. The news didn’t give details about what type of diabetes has killed Phenthog, but her death might remind that diabetes, which many Tibetans suffer from, is not concentrated only in those who are overweight or don’t do exercises. In this program, Healthy Lifestyle reminds the nature of disease and differences between type 1 and type 2 Diabetes.

April 02, 2014

Lyme Disease is a Bacterium Disease Transmitted by Tick

As the World Health Day in this year will be observed by highlighting vector-borne diseases on April 7, Healthy Lifestyle presents information about the Lyme disease. It is not clear wether Lyme disease is widely found in Tibet, but Dr. Tsewang Tamdring in Dharamsla says a disease that is considered to have been transmitted from sheep has similar symptoms. The name for the tick in Tibetan, Lugshig (lice of sheep) also suggests the possible correlation. “Lyme disease is a bacterium that is found across the globe,” says Charles Lubelczyk, a vector ecologist from the University of Main, speaking to Healthy Lifestyle on the phone. “It has been found in Eurasia, Asia, Northern Europe, Northern Africa, as well as North America.” The typical symptoms of Lyme disease described in the west are: skin rash; red bumps around the site of tick bite, which eventually develop into “bull’s eye” pattern; fever; headache; joint pain and even memory loss. However, western doctors say that it is a curable disease if treated properly.

March 26, 2014

Tibetan Government in exile; World Health Organization

On World TB Days, March 24, the Health Kalon of the Exile Tibetan government said Tuberculosis remains as the biggest health problem in Tibetan exile community. He said today the community faces challenges with multidrug-resistance TB. On this occasion, the World Health Organization pointed out that the TB patients suffer from stigma and isolation on top of the disease. Dr. Mario Raviglione, WHO Director of Global TB, asked people to treat the TB patients with respect.

March 19, 2014

China Cuts Number of TB Cases in Half

A report shows China has reduced more than half of its tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in past 15 years. The Lancet published a report on Monday said the number of TB patients in China dropped from 170 to 59 per hundred thousand. There is no report on how serious TB problem in Tibet is, but TB rate for the Tibetan community in India is one the highest in the world. According to Tibetan government in exile report last year, the rate of TB patients in exile is 461 per hundred thousand, while India itself is at 176 per 100,000, according to WHO. China and India are considered to be the biggest contributor to the world’s tuberculosis pandemic. Being in between these two countries, there is a high risk for the Tibetans in Tibet to get TB, said Tinley Palmo, an official from the Health Department of Tibetan Government in exile says.

Sources: The Lancet; WHO, VOA English Health, BBC, (Plus previously interviewed acts)

February 26, 2014

Indian Drug Industry Attracts Greater U.S. Scrutiny over Safety Concerns

Needless to say Indian drugs have saved countless lives of Tibetans in exile and they will continue to do so in the future. But it is also important to know that there are international level concerns on the quality of drugs produced in India by some of Indian’s largest drug producers. Today, the United State regulators are calling for better compliance with production standards, according to VOA reporter Anjana Pastricha.

February 06, 2014

Health Risks of Drug Abuse

According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction is a brain disease and it also affects other part of body. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and lung disease can be affected by drug abuse, the institute said. Tseten Yeshi, Senior Research Scientist at Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals Inc, explains how addiction occurs chemically and its damaging effect on one’s health.

Sources: National Institue on Drug Abuse; Interview with Trilan Palmo, Director of Community Health Program, and Tseten Yeshi, PhD. Senior Research Scientist at Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Lifestyle is a weekly show that features interviews with health and lifestyle experts, and discusses news and information on health matters to enable listeners to make informed changes to their lifestyle.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays
  • UTC Time: 0400
  • Duration: 20
  • Listen: MP3

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