Health Risks for People of Asian Descent

Family & General Practice

11 Jan 2021 | 0 | by kjh

18280login-checkHealth Risks for People of Asian Descent

The Center for Health Research and Education at Stanford University has identified certain health problems that people of Asian descent might not be aware of.  Here are some health risks that have been identified:


Those of Chinese descent can have a serious skin reaction when using the medication Allopurinol. Get tested for HLA-B*5801 or take Uloric (febuxostat). 

Gastric Cancer:  

Korean, Japanese, and Chinese people particularly have several times higher risk for developing gastric cancer.  Consider endoscopic screening.

High Cholesterol:

The cholesterol drug Crestor, also known as rosuvastatin, can double the drug levels in Asians compared to Caucasians. The Next Step: Start at the lowest 5 mg dose and monitor effects carefully. 

Cardiovascular Disease: 

South Asians are at a higher risk at a young age, 25% of men have their first heart attack by age 40. Screenings are recommended for diabetes, cholesterol levels, and hypertension. Also, consider a coronary calcium scan.

Alcohol Flush Syndrome:

East Asians commonly flush after consuming alcohol secondary to a variant in ALDH2, known as ALDH2*2. Flushing is not healthy and drinking alcohol for those who flush is associated with a higher risk for esophageal cancer.

Hepatitis B:

Hepatitis B is more commonly found among Asians. Get tested for Hepatitis B

Nasopharyngeal Cancer 

This disease is found more commonly in many Asian sub-groups. 

For more information about Asian Health Research and Education visit


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