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30th Anniversary

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30th Anniversary

In this issue, we’re devoting special attention to chronic health conditions, beginning on page 4, with an in-depth look at diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). These two diseases share many similarities; both are experiencing painfully high growth rates in Thailand and around the world, and both share risk factors including obesity, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and family history.

Highlights from This Issue

Welcome

In this issue, we’re devoting special attention to chronic health conditions, beginning on page 4, with an in-depth look at diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). These two diseases share many similarities; both are experiencing painfully high growth rates in Thailand and around the world, and both share risk factors including obesity, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and family history. Finally, both can be kept under control through a combination of proper medical care, healthy lifestyle changes, and a patient’s sense of commitment and discipline to “live with” rather than “suffer from” these life-long health threats.

Hypertension & Diabetes: Living With Serious Chronic Conditions

Living with hypertension & diabetes

Like most people, you probably know at least one person who’s living with high blood pressure or diabetes. Despite greater public awareness and increased media attention, these two chronic diseases have grown
into major global health threats.

Every minute, someone in Thailand is diagnosed with a major chronic disease – hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, stroke or heart disease. That’s the sobering reality from a report released this year by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health.

This issue of Better Health takes an in-depth look at hypertension and diabetes – two of the most serious chronic diseases affecting millions of people in Thailand and around the world – that can wreak havoc with one’s health and cause numerous life-threatening conditions.

Chronic Kidney Disease

The serious threat not to be ignored

Our kidneys are the command center of the body’s waste management system, quietly filtering out harmful toxins from the bloodstream day after day. But today’s fast-paced modern lifestyles are leading to more and more cases of chronic kidney disease (CKD).


For expert insight on this serious threat, Better Health consulted Dr. Sira Sooparb, a board-certified specialist in nephrology who has spent many years treating patients with CKD.

Charity: Doctors' Paintings Help Young Hearts

The Bumrungrad Hospital Foundation and Bumrungrad International, in conjunction with the Cardiac Children Foundation of Thailand and Thailand's National Health Security Office (NHSO), held a charity exhibition and silent auction – Phap Silp... Jak Jai Mor... Soo Jai Dek ("Paintings... from doctors' hearts... to children's hearts") – at the hospital.

30th Anniversary Bumrungrad International

The year 1980 had more than its fair share of historic events and milestones. In the U.S., Ronald Reagan was elected President. A new 24-hour news channel named CNN was launched. In Thailand, General Prem Tinsulanonda was elected Prime Minister.

And on Sukhumvit Road in the heart of Bangkok, a small private hospital named Bumrungrad – with four doctors and a handful of enthusiastic support staff – opened its doors for the first time and began providing high quality care to about 30 patients a day.

Patient Interview: A Fulfilling Life, Chronic Conditions and All

Despite 30 years of chronic diabetes and recent heart bypass surgery, there’s been no stopping Mr. Kajornkiat Kongwanichkitjaruen from living a full and fulfilling life, for seven decades and counting.

The pillars of good health have become common knowledge for most people – eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, visit your doctor routinely and have regular check-ups, as well as routine follow-up tests. But knowledge doesn’t equal good health; good health comes from a proactive approach. We choose to be responsible for our individual health and use that knowledge to make better decisions at every stage of life.

Q & A

Successfully managing and treating a chronic condition such as hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease requires a great deal of knowledge and understanding. For this edition of Q&A, Dr. Napisvadee Wongchavanich, a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and nephrology (kidney), answers reader questions about these serious chronic diseases.

Health Briefs

A recent review of more than 20 clinical health studies uncovered an interesting link between cholesterol and cancer: People with higher levels of HDL cholesterol – the so-called ‘good’ cholesterol – had a lower risk of developing cancer.