The rapid rise in cardiovascular disease in China


According to a study by Harvard researchers, China is facing an enormous problem with heart disease, brought on by lifestyle factors and smoking.

As the Chinese increasingly start adopting Western lifestyle habits, such as drinking soda and consuming junk food, obesity and heart disease rates are skyrocketing. In addition, the fat-phobic dietary guidelines in China only seem to exacerbate the problem.

Maybe the Chinese should stop copying the West, especially when it comes to our biggest mistakes, like smoking and low-fat diets?


Chinese Dietary Guidelines – Cut Meat Consumption by 50%

The China Diabetes Explosion


  1. Chris
    I find it questionable that you do not mention red meat even though that's the first food mentioned in the article linked.
  2. Frank Linnhoff
    Decades ago Dr. Joseph R. Kraft in Chicago, Dr. Strout in Belfast and others had proofed, that metabolic syndrome, vascular and cardiovascular diseases and type-2-diabetes all have the same root: hyperinsulinemia/insulinresistance. The driving force for hyperinsulinemia/insulinresistance are sugar and refinded starches. Nothing else. High insulin levels damage the endothelium, the inner lining of all our blood vessels, therefor everybody who dies for example of a heart attack has hyperinsulinemia/insulinresistance or as Dr. Kraft said, occult diabetes. The "Harvard researchers" did, as so often, not see the big elephant in the room. These kind of studies are not worth the paper they are written on.
  3. Andy Lopez
    Meh, it's dumber than that.

    "Head and Heart.
    In 2001 UC-San Diego sociologist David Phillips and his colleagues noted that deaths by heart disease seem to occur with unusual frequency among Chinese and Japanese patients on the 4th of the month. A study of death records revealed a 7 percent increase in cardiac deaths on that date, compared with the daily average for the rest of the week. And deaths from chronic heart disease were 13 percent higher.

    One explanation is that the number 4 sounds like the word for “death” in Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese, which causes discomfort and apprehension among some people. The effect is so strong that some Chinese and Japanese hospitals refrain from assigning the number 4 to floors or rooms. The psychological stress brought on by that date, the researchers suggest, may underlie the higher mortality.

    They dubbed this the Baskerville effect, after the Arthur Conan Doyle novel in which a seemingly diabolical dog chases a man, who flees and suffers a fatal heart attack. “This Baskerville effect seems to exist in fact as well as in fiction,” they wrote in the British Medical Journal (PDF).

    “Our findings are consistent with the scientific literature and with a famous, non-scientific story. The Baskerville effect exists both in fact and in fiction and suggests that Conan Doyle was not only a great writer but a remarkably intuitive physician as well.”

  4. Andy Lopez
    There's even a study about that:

    "Is four a deadly number for the Chinese?

    Nirmal S Panesar, Noel C Y Chan, Shi N Li, Joyce K Y Lo, Vivien W Y Wong, Isaac B Yang and Emily K Y Yip
    Med J Aust 2003; 179 (11): 656-658.

    Background: The numbers 4, 14 and 24 are associated with death for Cantonese-speaking Chinese people, as the words for these numbers sound like the words for “death”, “must die” and “easy to die”, respectively. A previous study in the United States investigating psychological stress engendered by fear of the number 4 found more cardiac deaths in Chinese and Japanese people, compared with white Americans, on the 4th day of the month.

    Objective: To determine whether more cardiac deaths occur in Hong Kong Chinese people on the days of the month with “deathly connotations” (4, 14 and 24).

Leave a reply

Reply to comment #0 by

Older posts