Monthly Archives - January 2017

CNA’s Singapore Tonight Interview with Dr Kevin Lee on causes and prevention of osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, a rising trend and condition that are becoming a common problem faced in ageing population such as Singapore. Statistics showed that 40% of the added population are affected by this. Dr Kevin Lee shared about the causes and prevention of osteoarthritis in an interview on CNA’s Singapore Tonight.

What causes the increase in osteoarthritis?

Dr Kevin Lee pointed out that the causes of increase could be attributed to several main reasons. Such as the rapidly aging population in Singapore, as arthritis or osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition and is commoner in older patients. Rising trend in obesity rate where one gets heavier or more overweight. The stresses put on the lower limb joint particularly the hip and knee will lead to increase incidents of arthritis. Lastly, increased trend of middle age baby boomer actively engaging in strenuous sport such as marathon and  triathlon, would have an increased in number of sports injuries that corresponds to an increase in number of arthritis.

How to prevent osteoarthritis?

The most important prevention is weight management. Obesity has been shown to be one of the major risk factor leading to developing osteoarthritis. Treat sports injuries early as accumulation of more and more injuries will lead to premature arthritis.

How to cope with the condition for those with arthritis or improve the situation?

Arthritis symptoms are usually pain, stiffness and swelling in the affected joint and eventually deformity. Usually the early and conservative treatments include weight loss, modifications in activity, physical therapy and strengthening exercises. All this measures are usually sufficient for those patients with early stages of arthritis. Whereas for patients with end stages arthritis and had tried all of the above but still suffering from prolonged period of disability can consider hip and knee replacement as an alternative.
Dr Kevin Lee interview on younger patients suffering from arthritis in the hip and knee

Younger patients suffering from hip and knee arthritis

In this interview, Dr Kevin Lee shared with Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min on the growing trend of younger people suffering from arthritis in the hip and knee. Statistics showed that patients developing arthritis used to be at the age of 60 years old and above, whereby recent years the age group has been getting younger from the range of 45 years old to 60 years old. This growth could be attributed to the active lifestyle that people are engaged in nowadays. Dr Kevin Lee also mentioned that there is an increase from 15% to 20% who undergo the joint replacement surgery and a surge of 50% in patients whom are 60 years old and below. One of Dr Kevin Lee patients Mdm Ng, a beneficiary from ‘Life Renewed Programme’ undergo the joint replacement surgery which improves mobility in her legs and helped her regained her normal lifestyle. Dr Kevin Lee interview on younger patients suffering from arthritis in the hip and knee
Staying Healthy with Cycling

Dr Kevin Lee’s Tips for Staying Healthy in 2017

Dr Kevin Lee shared his tips for staying healthy in 2017 to Lianhe Zaobao readers. Check out the English summary below!

Dr Lee started cycling around five years ago. He loves doing a variety of sports, ranging from sailing to running. However, he had to give up running due to the injuries sustained. The many patients with sports injuries who had to undergo surgery reminded him of the importance to look after his own "bones" well.

Staying Healthy with Cycling

Staying Healthy with Cycling

"Cycling benefits the overall health. Not only is it easier on the joints, it also helps strengthen the body's muscles and cardiovascular health. I started to like cycling more and more, and eventually begun investing a lot more time in it," says Dr Lee.

He cycles at least three times a week for his exercise plans in staying healthy. During weekdays, he spends around 1-2 hours cycling 40-60 km. And over the weekends, he would cycle for 4-5 hours to cover 100-120 km.

Leisure Cycling In Singapore

Dr Lee is currently the Vice President of the Singapore Cycling Federation Leisure Cycling committee. He finds Singapore to be one of those countries with the most complete infrastructure for cycling. The roads in Singapore are fairly smoothly and the park connectors are excellent.

The Singapore Cycling Federation organises a quarter-yearly cycling event for families to come out for exercising and bonding together. Dr Lee and his wife, along with their baby boy and girl, are always one of the participants in the event.

He also regularly participates in charity cycling events, such as Bike Aid Singapore's Ride for Rations since 2014. Ride for Rations is an annual event that brings around 150 cyclists to cycle 250km from Malacca to Singapore and raise funds for needy families in Singapore.

Eating & Drinking Well Key to Staying Healthy

Dr Lee only drinks water and Chinese tea instead of sweet beverages and ice cream. In the morning, his breakfast comprises of protein-based avocado milkshake. For lunch, he chooses less oily food when he eats out. After work, he would go back for a healthier home-cooked dinner.

Staying Healthy in the 40s

After reaching the age of 40, a person's body metabolism would start slowing. It is important that he/she continues to exercise to strengthen cardiovascular health. Dr Lee also recommends doing some amount of weight-bearing exercises to strengthen muscle tissues.

Dr Lee's Advice to Staying Healthy in 2017

If you have not been exercising, start 2017 with a 10-minute walk. Walk outside now and find that reason to get back in good health!

Read the original Zaobao article in Chinese.