Ronesh (Ron) Sinha, M.D., an internal medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), co-creator of PAMF’s South Asian Health program, and medical director of PAMF’s mobile medical clinic, has written a new book, The South Asian Health Solution.
Published in March 2014, The South Asian Health Solution provides a health-based wellness plan culturally tailored to South Asians. Dr. Sinha provides evidence-based case studies and patient success stories, as well as a comprehensive family-oriented approach to lifestyle changes that can make positive health impacts.
“The epidemic of obesity and insulin resistance is a global crisis, and this book is an effort to educate and motivate South Asians who don’t find current books and resources culturally tailored to their traditions and lifestyle preferences,” said Dr. Sinha. “I share the most effective strategies for achieving health goals learned from my South Asian medical consult practice and my corporate wellness programs.”
Dr. Sinha is a recipient of the 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal Health Care hero award, and he specializes in helping patients of South Asian heritage moderate heart disease risk factors and obesity trends with a comprehensive lifestyle modification approach that has delivered evidence-based results. He also works closely with employers in Silicon Valley to help reduce heart disease and diabetes risk in their employee communities, and gives corporate health lectures to promote wellness in the workplace. He hosts a bi-monthly radio program on South Asian health and wellness, and blogs at southasianhealthsolution.org.
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Study will inform physicians and policymakers on how to prevent and treat diabetes in different Asian ethnic groups
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Research Institute announced that it has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a five-year study on diabetes and its risk factors among the six largest Asian ethnic groups in California – Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.
“By the end of the study, we hope to gain a much better understanding of what puts certain Asian ethnic minorities at greater risk for diabetes, one of the most costly and prevalent chronic health conditions,” said Dr. Latha Palaniappan, M.D., M.S., principal investigator for the study. “The study also holds substantial promise for clinicians and policymakers as we will offer information and recommendations on how to identify and target high-risk Asian populations for diabetes prevention, treatment and management.”
Diabetes, a chronic disease characterized by high blood sugar levels, occurs at significantly higher rates among blacks and Hispanics than among whites – a documented health disparity. Asians, although they consist of more than 30 ethnic groups from more than 20 countries of origin, have always been grouped together in previous diabetes studies and reports. Therefore, the prevalence of diabetes and related risk factors, such as obesity, remains largely unknown in specific Asian ethnic groups.
“In some of our preliminary studies, we’ve seen that certain Asian ethnic groups, such as Asian Indians and Filipinos, are at much higher risk for diabetes than others,” said Dr. Palaniappan. “These findings reinforce the need to study Asian subgroups separately instead of grouping these diverse populations together. We’re also hoping the study will have an international impact because we’re studying racial/ethnic differences in how our bodies metabolize insulin and glucose in a similar environment.”
The Pan Asian Cohort Study (PACS), as the study will be called, will examine existing clinical records of more than 60,000 Asians in California for diabetes risk, the largest Asian-American cohort ever assembled for a study. The study will include examination of the medical records, minus any personal identifiers, of PAMF patients.