China Has a Stomach Problem, Here's How to Address It

By Yicheng Gu, July 6, 2021

0 0

On July 2, Jiangsu rolled out a screening campaign for Helicobacter pylori (referred to as H.pylori) among families in the province. The campaign highlights an ongoing H.pylori problem in the province, and the country as a whole.

H.pylori is a bacteria that causes infection in the stomach and can lead to peptic ulcers, gastritis and stomach cancer.

The H.pylori screening initiative was organized by the People’s Hospital in Jiangsu and is working alongside medical facilities in Nanjing, Changzhou and other cities in the region.

According to Chinese media outlet Lizhi news, “H.pylori is the only known microorganism that can survive in the stomach, and it is the most infectious between family members.”

In China, family dining habits are one of the main causes of H.pylori infections. This has led to an infection rate in China greater than 50%.

Families often eat food from the same dishes, with each member using their own chopsticks. If one family member has H.Pylori, then it can easily be transmitted to another – and potentially lead to stomach cancer later in life if left untreated.

There are approximately one million patients diagnosed with stomach cancer in the world every year, while China has the fourth-highest rate of stomach cancer, according to the World Cancer Research Fund, as well as one of the highest stomach cancer death rates in the world. 

These four risk factors can lead to H.pylori infection: 

  • Living in crowded conditions

  • No reliable source of clean water

  • Living in a developing country

  • Living with someone who has an H.pylori infection

To prevent transmission of the bacteria, you should disinfect tableware regularly, avoid eating uncooked or overly hot food and, most importantly, separate meals. 

Since May 8, 2020, China has advocated for the use of serving chopsticks and spoons nationwide.

[Cover image via Unsplash]

more news

Lorraine Lee on Sexual Trauma & Mental Health Awareness

Inward Living founder's 2021 Awareness Campaign runs throughout October.

Universal Beijing Resort to Open to The Public? Well… Not Yet

The resort announced that trial operations with selected guests would begin on September 1.

Another New Public Transport Link to the Beijing CBD?

Construction recently began on Line 28 of the Beijing subway.

Find Out When Beijing Has Stricter Rules on Flight Safety

The rules restrict the flying of drones and other objects.

Sun Safety Tips for Anti-Aging and Cancer Prevention

UV rays from the sun can cause major damage to the skin.

SinoUnited Health Brings International Medical Care to Hangzhou

SinoUnited Health Hangzhou Kerry Clinic is now open.

Register for the SinoUnited Health 2nd International Women’s Health Symposium

Improving Women's Health: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities.

You Now Need to Register Your Health Status to Get a Car in Beijing

Failure to do register your health status could result in refusal of service.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives