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MEDIA REPORTS

23 Sep 2014
Shin Min Newspaper


Dr Wai explained that patients with diabetes could develop nerve damage (neuropathy) and felt pins and needles or even burning pain in their feet. Fortunately, medication were available to treat it.

23 May 2014
Mediacorp Channel 8 Body SOS3.


Dr Wai explained the different kinds of complications of diabetes. Watch the video here: http://xin.msn.com/en-sg/video/watch/episode-13/vp-79351000-d428-4751-81f0-cc1582090478

16 May 2014
Mediacorp Channel 8 Body SOS3.


Dr Wai and a dietician talked about the kind of food that patients with diabetes should be taking. Watch the video here: http://xin.msn.com/en-sg/video/watch/episode-12/vp-06b03907-e418-44af-8886-c558165c87b1

9 May 2014
Mediacorp Channel 8 Body SOS3.


Dr Wai was invited on the health show to explain about the different types of diabetes. Watch the video here: http://xin.msn.com/en-sg/video/watch/episode-11/vp-94e87596-d777-4192-9d59-56fd71c51920

1 May 2014
Strait Times Mind Your Body


Dr Wai explained that tooth decay was common in patientswith diabetes, because high sugar level promotes growth of bacteria and prevents our white blood cells to work properly. Link: http://www.specialistdentalgroup.com/media_coverage/the-straits-times-mind-your-body-may-1-2014-from-rotten-teeth-to-diabetes/

17 Apr 2014
Lianhe Zaobao


Dr Wai talked about the new medication for diabetes called Invokana, an SGLT2 inhibitor. It increases sugar loss in the urine, thus reducing blood sugar and body weight. Healso explained the potential side effect of urine tract infection which was easily treatable. Dr Wai opined that patients would benefit from this new medication as diabetes can be difficult to be managed well. Link: http://www.zaobao.com.sg/lifestyle/health/healthy/story20140417-333299

March 2014
Simply Her Magazine


Dr Wai explained what pre-diabetes was: mildly raised blood glucose. He also mentioned the ways to prevent it, namely avoiding refined carbohydrates, white sugar and eating at night, together with regular exercise and enough sleep. Link: http://thomsonlifestylecentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Diabetes-Simply-Her.pdf

30 Mar 2014
Shin Min Newspaper


Mr Gerrard Lin, a running enthusiast, covered 1,300m in 31 days to raise awareness for bone marrow donation. Mr Lin would eat in between his running. Dr Wai advised that people should talk to a marathon expert to calculate the extra calories that they would need and replenish accordingly.

18 Mar 2014
Shin Min Newspaper


A study had found that totally omitting carbohydrates in the diet led to weight loss, but also mood disturbance. Dr Wai advised that some healthy carbohydrates such as wholemeal grains should be taken to provide a constant source of energy.

8 Mar 2014
Shin Min Newspaper


Dr Wai explained that older people were at much higher risk of developing diabetes, which can lead to complications in the eye, kidneys, nerves and heart. He encouraged older people to remain active with exercise and to watch their diet.

11 Feb 2014
Shin Min Newspaper


Dr Wai was asked to comment on a study which explained that eating half an avocado a day can decrease appetite. He agreed with the research finding and further pointed out that avocado and nuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids which also help to increase the good HDL cholesterol.

29 Jan 2014
Shin Min Newspaper


Dr Wai was asked whether drinking lots of tea could help reduce weight after heavy snacking at Chinese New Year. He explained that studies did not show much help, and encouraged us to take the healthy snack such as melon seeds instead.

26 Jan 2014
Shin Min Newspaper


Dr Wai showed how we could have a healthy Peng Cai, which was a favourite dish during Chinese New Year.

15 Jan 2014
Shin Min Newspaper


Dr Wai explained that lowering our salt intake could lower out blood pressure. He also explained that all our salt were now fortified with Iodine, eliminating Iodine deficiency all over the world.

December 2013


Dr Daniel Wai wrote about the coming Tsunami of diabetes, and how to dodge diabetes. He suggested sleeping more, exercising more, and eating proper nutritious food to prevent diabetes. Link: http://www.ezyhealth.com/magazine/dodging-diabetes/

9 November 2013


Dr Daniel Wai gave a talk titled: “Growth Hormone Therapy: Fountain of Youth?” during the Mount Elizabeth Hospital 27th Annual Seminar. He spoke to other doctors about the decline of growth hormone in the elderly. That causes muscle wasting, decreased heart function, dry skin, loss of mental function, hypertension and cholesterol problems. Replacing growth hormone increases muscle bulk, but does not increase muscle strength. More worryingly, it greatly increases the risk of diabetes. So growth hormone therapy is not advised. Rather, we can increase growth hormone naturally by sleeping more and exercising more.
Link: http://www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/en/images/Abstract_FA_Secure.pdf

8 November 2013


Dr Daniel Wai was on air at 938 Live, describing the 2 types of diabetes. He explained that in Type 1 Diabetes, the body destroys its own insulin-producing cells so patients need long term insulin. In Type 2 Diabetes, the body becomes resistant to insulin through a sedentary lifestyle and increased fatness.

31 October 2013
ShinMin Daily Newspaper


Dr Wai said that doing housework can burn as much energy as aerobic exercise. Chores such as mopping the floor and gardening can burn as much energy as jogging. He advised us to walk more in our daily lives, taking more stairs, and walk rather than drive or take public transport if the distance is not too long.

4 October 2013
ShinMin Daily Newspaper


Dr Wai talked about the high energies contained in local desserts. Yam Paste is especially heavy, with 237 calories every 100g taken (equals to half an hour of jogging each). He advised to choose desserts that are healthier such as ching teng. He also advised that for better weight control, skip the rice if one wants to enjoy their dessert for that meal.

13 September 2013
Compareclinic.com


Dr Wai wrote on Compareclinic.com about hyperthyroidism. He explained that thyroid is the hormone whose main function is to control the metabolic rate. When there is too much, metabolism speeds up, and patients will lose weight, have palpitations, become sweaty and irritable. Fortunately treatment is easy through medication. Link: http://www.compareclinic.com/en/spotlight-treatment/hyperthyroidism-a-problem-of-high-metabolism/

8 September 2013
ShinMin Daily Newspaper


Dr Wai talked about the art of enjoying mooncakes. He pointed out that a mooncake, especially one with yokes, can contain up to 1000 calories. Noting that a plate of rice only contains about 280 calories, having a quarter of a mooncake (250 calories) is like having an extra plate of rice. He advised to enjoy mooncakes with moderation, maybe cutting one into 8 pieces.

September 2013
Medical Grapevine


Dr Wai wrote to general practitioners, sharing his opinion on the latest thinking on treating patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus. He explained that hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is the major side effect when patients are taking diabetic medication. He shared the latest thinking from international diabetes associations that patients with newly diagnosed diabetes should be aggressively treated, but with safe and newer agents that do not cause hypoglycemia. Link: http://www.medicalgrapevineasia.com/mg/2013/09/09/diabetes-what-is-the-problem/

30 August 2013
ShinMin Daily Newspaper


Dr Wai talked about choosing healthy breakfast in Singapore. To most people’s surprise, most of the breakfast that Singaporeans eat are very high in calories, because of the high fat content. He gave a few examples such as nasi lemak (700 calories), vegetarian fried bee hoon (700 calories) and char siew bao (360 calories). Together with the morning tea or coffee, the total calories is as much as that found in Western fast food. He advise the following breakfast items that contain 280 calories or less: vegetarian bun, fish ball soup noodle, prawn soup noodle and fish soup or fish porridge.

25 August 2013
The Straits Times


Dr Wai was interviewed by the Singapore Straits Times about more young women asking for slimming pills. Also, some were buying slimming pills online through contacts from local forums. The drugs were sold as high as 26 times their retail price. Dr Wai strongly advised the public to talk to their doctors about healthy ways for weight loss, rather than taking medication with potential side effects. Link: http://asianewsnet.net/Diet-pills-prices-rocket-in-Spore-as-unhealthy-dem-50751.html

13 August 2013
ShinMin Daily Newspaper


Dr Daniel Wai talked about the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and the Hirsutism (male-pattern hairiness) that is linked to insulin resistance. Increased body fat and a sedentary lifestyle make our body resistant to insulin, so the pancreas is forced to make more insulin to overcome it, to normalize our blood sugar. However, a high insulin level affects the ovaries, arresting the normal development of the eggs. So many eggs from the ovaries are not released and form a “cyst” in the ovaries. The ovaries form a Polycystic appearance, and menses become irregular. This disrupt the normal hormone balance and the patients end up having more testosterone (male hormones)! So patients may notice that they develop hair loss, increased hairiness on their legs and deepening of their voice. Dr Wai advised us to manage our weight by having a healthy diet and regular exercise.

26 July 2013


Dr Daniel Wai gave a talk about healthy eating in diabetes, for the first time in bahasa Indonesia, to a group in the Bukit Batok Presbyterian Church. He was given a 7 out of 10 for his language, and the participants also had free health screening.

23 July 2013


Dr Wai talked about gestational diabetes, what it is, the people at risk, the complications and the ways to control it. Link: http://youtu.be/RyikxO5nuzo

7 June 2013
Weekender


"Not Just a Walk in the Park". Dr Wai was interviewed by the magazine Weekender for the less commonly known benefits of walking. Other than helping with fitness and weight loss, walking also helps control diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver and polycystic ovarian syndrome. He encourages people to walk more! Link: http://www.weekender.com.sg/not-just-a-walk-in-the-park/

25 May 2013
Talk at Siglap Community Centre


Dr Daniel Wai gave a talk "Diabetic Diet: No sugar, no salt, no oil, no taste? How to eat well with Diabetes" at the Siglap Community Centre. He showed how we can all have good and tasty food which is also healthy.

6 May 2013
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


A recent study found that only 4-10% of vitamin supplements that we take is absorbed, and the rest is passed out in the urine. Dr Wai agreed and explained that it is far better to eat a balanced diet. First of all, a balanced diet provides for fibres and other ingredients that have not even been found by us to be helpful yet. Second, our body only absorbs only what we need from our food, and any excess is passed out. Dr Wai pointed out that vitamin supplements are mostly only necessary for old people who may not eat a balanced and nutritious diet.

26 Apr 2013
Strait Times Urban Supplement


Dr Wai was asked to comment on the claims of certain creams that they decrease cellulite. He explained that nothing is more effective than a healthy diet and cardio exercises to achieve a toned physique. Lotions can help reduce the appearance of lumpy cellulite but the effect is temporary, cosmetic and effective only for the areas where the treatment is applied. On their own, body creams cannot reduce body fat. That said, certain ingredients have been proven to improve the appearance of dimpled skin caused by cellulite.They include caffeine and gingko biloba, which improve micro-circulation; vitamin A to increase dermal collagen thickness for smoother skin; and lotus extract, which can make cellulite look less obvious when used in tandem with a healthy diet. Link: http://www.divaasia.com/article/21487

8 Apr 2013
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Dr Wai warns that when women develop male pattern hair loss, it can be a sign of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. He explains that obesity and insulin resistance causes increased insulin levels which disrupt normal ovarian function, causing menstrual disturbances and increased male hormone. The increased male hormone in turn causes hair to drop.

Mar 2013
Simply Her Magazine


Dr Wai was interviewed for effortless ways to tune up our metabolism. He suggested fidgeting, sleeping enough and drinking icy cold water for rehydration. Fidgeting increases our metabolism by 50%, even if it is just moving our fingers or shaking our legs. Not having enough sleep increases our stress hormone cortisol which increases our blood sugar and stimulates fat storage. Drinking icy cold water forces our body to burn energy to warm it up to 37 degrees.
Link: http://www.herworldplus.com/solutions/solutions/6-easy-ways-increase-your-metabolism

23 Feb 2013
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


A French study found that women who take sugar-free soda have an increased chance of getting diabetes, even higher than those who drink sugary soda! Dr Wai questioned the validity of the study. He explained that it was probably people who are already fat or on the verge of developing diabetes who are more likely to choose the sugar-free soda. If we have to drink soda, the sugar-free varieties should be healthier as there is no sugar in them.

31 Jan 2013
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


A study found that lower melatonin levels were associated with increased risk of breast cancer. Dr Wai explained that at night when it is dark our body makes makes melatonin. A lack of melatonin for most people means a lack of sleep, which causes problems with our immune system. When our immune system does not function properly, problems occur, including cancers.

22 Dec 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


A recent Japanese study found that diabetes is associated with hearing loss. In fact, for patients older than 60, the risk was 58% higher than that of normal; for patients younger than 60, the risk was 160% higher! Dr Wai was surprised that the risk was even higher in younger patients, but stressed that the key message was that bad control of diabetes have devastating effects. This should alert patients to get diabetes controlled well.

28 Aug 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Dr Wai warns that blacking of the armpits, or acanthosis nigricans, may be a sign of insulin resistance and diabetes. The exact cause is still unknown, although insulin can potentially stimulates melanocytes to grow and cause the increased pigmentation.

30 July 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Dr Wai explained that sweating is good for you. People who sweat are less likely to get heat stroke. Also when a person exercises the metabolic rate goes up for 24 hours and so he tends to sweat more. Dr Wai encouraged people to go and exercise and sweat it out!

26 July 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


An Australian study found that working women who worked too many hours have increased risk of obesity. Dr Wai explained that overworking and sleeping too little increased the level of hormone cortisol and ghrelin, making us hungrier and able to store energy better. This makes people fat. Dr Wai encouraged readers to take a break from work and go home early to rest, eat healthy and exercise.

12 July 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


A Danish study found that people who were given lots of sea weed to eat lost weight. However 1 in 5 of the study participants dropped out because they could not stand the smell. Dr Wai explained that sea weed and vegetables are high fibre and do not contain too much energy, so if we eat a lot of those we would not need to take in the other food that are high in energy.

02 July 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


A Taiwanese doctor claimed that soft food makes people grow fat in the face. Dr Wai pointed out that soft food is refined food, and it tends to be much processed and easily digested. White rice and white bread are easily digested, leading to a huge spike in blood sugar, pretty much like the effect of white sugar, and can lead to obesity and diabetes. He suggests that people try to eat less refined but more complex starch like whole meal bread and brown rice.

10 June 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


A study found that a diet that is based on avoiding only junk food is not very effective. Dr Wai concurred, saying that the most important thing is cutting the total intake of energy in trying to losing weight. A narrow minded focus on only avoiding junk food may cause the person to eat other things such as cakes, chocolate and durians. Another study found that 10% of patients get worse in their cholesterol after exericse. Dr Wai cautioned that it does not mean exercise is not good; rather, people who have not exercised for many years, and people with known heart disease should be more careful before they embark on regular exercise.

5 June 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


A new study from Australia found that certain kinds of mango skin contained substances that can suppress fat cell growth. Dr Wai advised that this is a very early study, when they add the mango skin extract to cultured fat cells in the laboratory. The next step will be to give these extract to people to see whether they actually lose weight or not. If it is proven, it will be an exciting development, as this would add another compound for us to use against obesity.

23 May 2012
Our Everyday Things Blog


Dr Wai explained about the dangers of diabetes in women in this video interview, with Indonesian subtitles. Link: http://www.oureverydaythings.com/2012/05/our-channel-lets-be-careful-of-diabetes-dangers-and-tips-for-women-interview-with-dr-daniel-wai-singapore/

29 April 2012
The New Paper


Dr Wai was interviewed for thyroid problems. He pointed out that about 4 to 8% of all Singaporean women have a thyroid condition, either high or low thyroid. He explained how we can find out whether we have a thyroid swelling by feeling our neck, and to seek doctor's advice if there is a problem.
Link: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/butterfly-effect

27 April 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Coach Jon on the internet that if one eats too much, it then becomes pointless to exercise, because eating stimulates insulin and suppresses growth hormone, so all the energy becomes fat. Dr Wai refuted this suggestion, because while it is true that eating suppresses growth hormone, exercise stimulates it. While eating stimulates insulin, exercise suppresses it. Dr Wai encouraged everyone to engage in exercise.

18 April 2012
MyPaper


Dr Wai talked about common hormone problems in Singapore. Hormones are chemical messengers that allow the body to communicate with each other. When hormone becomes unbalanced, the body becomes affected. The most common hormone disturbance is thyroid problems. Thyroid hormone controls the metabolic rate. If there is too much thyroid hormone, metabolic rate goes too fast and patients develop palpitations, weight loss, sweatiness, heat intolerance and irritability. If there is too little thyroid hormone, metabolic rate goes down and patients develop cold intolerance, decrease in mental sharpness and weight gain. Fortunately, most of the these can be easily treated with medication.

15 April 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Heavy breakfast with desert helps weight loss. An Israeli study divided patients into 2 groups. One group was given a low carbohydrate diet, the other group heavy breakfast but light lunch and dinner. Both groups were restricted to 1600kcal for men and 1400kcal for women for 4 months. At the end of 4 months both group lost about 14kg; they were then allowed to eat on their own. When reviewed at 8 months, the first group had regained 10kg, but the second group lost another 7kg. Dr Wai said this may be the future of weight loss dietary advice, letting people eat a heavy breakfast so that they can learn to eat less for lunch and dinner. If this kind of study is repeated in other groups, it may well become the future standard.

11 April 2012
MyPaper


Dr Daniel Wai wrote about diabetes mellitus, the prevalence of which in Singapore had increased to 11% in 2010. There are 2 types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes was caused by destruction of the pancreas by the patients' own immune system and patients require lifelong insulin. Type 2 diabetes was caused by obesity, over nutrition and a sedantary lifestyle. Symptoms include frequency passing urine, thirst and weight loss. Uncontrolled diabetes leads to complications like heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and possibly amputations. However, medication and a healthy lifestyle can help control it.

April 2012
EzyHealth Singapore


Dr Daniel Wai wrote about insulin resistance, the major cause of lots of chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cholesterol problems, fatty liver, sleep apnea and polycystic ovary syndrome. Simple exercise, healthy food and some weight loss can all reduce our insulin resistance. This article was featured first in EzyHealth Singapore magazine, April 2012, published by Ezyhealth Media Pte Ltd.
Link: http://www.ezyhealth.com/magazine/insulin-resistance

31 March 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Dr Daniel Wai was interviewed about a new study presented at the American Heart Association meeting in San Diego, USA that showed that lack of sleep caused people to eat roughly 500 calories more a day. Dr Wai advised that previous studies had shown that sleep deprivation increases ghrelin, the hormone that makes us hungry, so we should all get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day.

28 March 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Dr Daniel Wai was interviewed about a new study presented at the American Heart Association meeting in San Diego, USA that showed that daily brisk walking not only burns calories but also reduce the effect of fat genes. Dr Wai said that prevalence of obesity had increased dramatically recently, but our genes did not change. That was because we used to be much more physically active but eat less last time, so our inherent fat genes did not cause trouble. The good news is that even for those of us who had inherited fat genes exercise will keep us slim.

26 March 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Dr Daniel Wai was interviewed about a new medical study in Diabetes Care that found that overweight people who takes 2 minute bouts of exercise every 20 minutes have lower blood sugar after fed a high sugar high fat meal than people who sit uninterrupted. Dr Wai advised readers to take frequent breaks of walking while sitting to prevent diabetes, and that the prevalence of diabetes had increased in Singapore recently because of the increasingly sedentary nature of our work.

12 March 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


Dr Daniel Wai was asked to comment on the phenomenal improvement of the physique of Dr Jeffrey Life who is 69 years old. He lost a lot of weight and build up his lean muscle by a strict regime of diet and daily exercise. Dr Wai said that it is totally possible to look like Dr Life if one has the discipline and time to go through a strict program. However, he warned that patients who had not exercised for a long time should start from light exercise such as walking, before going to more strenuous ones like jogging and swimming.

March 2012
MD Singapore


Dr Daniel Wai wrote about Gestational Diabetes. That is diabetes in pregnancy and if untreated can lead to complications to the baby (big baby so difficult birth) and mother. This article was featured first in MD Singapore magazine, February 2012, published by Ezyhealth Media Pte Ltd.

25 Feb 2012
Talk to Malaysian Doctors Part 2


Dr Daniel Wai gave a talk to doctors in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in an event organized by Novonordisk and the Malaysian Medical Association, on "Practical Steps in the Initiation and Titration of Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus". He shared his experience with doctors in Kota Kinabalu in using insulin for patients who need it.

18 Feb 2012
Talk to Malaysian Doctors


Dr Daniel Wai gave a talk to doctors in Kuching, Malaysia in an event organized by Novonordisk and the Malaysian Medical Association, on "Practical Steps in the Initiation and Titration of Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus". He shared his experience with doctors in Kuching in using insulin for patients who need it. The doctors responded enthusiastically with lots of questions.

04 Feb 2012
Public Talk


Dr Daniel Wai gave a talk to the public at Wesley Methodist Church on "Diabetic Diet: No sugar, no salt, no oil, no taste? How to Eat Well with Diabetes". He explained why it was important to decrease on the total energy of our food intake and reduce consumption of simple sugars and oil. However, he stressed that by choosing healthier alternatives like soupy dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables, we can still have tasty meals.

24 Jan 2012
Shin Min Daily Newspaper


"Dr Wai called for restrain while we enjoyed Chinese New Year goodies, especially with food that was calorie heavy but not filling. Examples like bak kwa, nian gao and egg rolls."

18 Jan 2012
Channel 8


Dr Wai was interviewed on Good Morning Singapore regarding the Healthy Way to eat during Chinese New Year. He advised that one should have sensible portions when eating during this period and should refrain from overeating, which would lead to indigestion. A lot of Chinese New Year goodies are also made from starch, sugar and oil, and one should eat in moderation, especially if one has chronic disease like diabetes, high blood pressure or gout.

11 Jan 2012
93.8 Live


Invited Dr Daniel Wai from Daniel Wai Diabetes, Thyroid and Hormone Clinic to talk about hyper and hypothyroidism. Dr Wai explained that certain symptoms and signs of thyroid dysfunction are rather non-specific, and in doubt one should always get it checked with one's general practitioner.
Link: http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/radio/938live/programmearticle.aspx?cp-documentid=5731936

03 Jan 2012
Yahoo News

8 tips for a healthy Chinese New Year hot pot
"Dr Wai gave tips on how to eat a healthy steam boat this Chinese New Year, by having more vegetables, less salt and less rice. " Link: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/fit-to-post-health/8-tips-healthy-chinese-hot-pot-071522300.html

20 Dec 2011
Yahoo News

Fast food: Fast track to obesity and disease?
reported that fast food may be the fast track to obesity and disease. "The sharp rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes among Singaporeans over the past seven years is alarming," says Dr Daniel Wai, director of the Obesity and Metabolic Unit and consultant at the Department of Endocrinology, Singapore General Hospital. "It is a worrying trend that is set to rise unless Singaporeans adopt a healthier lifestyle." Link: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/fit-to-post-health/fast-food-fast-track-obesity-disease-031424824.html

27 Oct 2011
Shin Min Daily, Pg 9

Air pollution may be linked to obesity and diabetes
featured the findings of an USA online article, which claimed that air pollution is one of the factors associated with obesity and diabetes. Dr Daniel Wai, Consultant, Department of Endocrinology , said, "One should not draw too much conclusion from the study at this stage. To prevent diabetes, one should eat healthy lower energy food with wholegrain starch, and engage in regular exercise. "

18 Oct 2011
Shin Min Daily News, Pg 8

Being socially active can help with weight loss
reported that a study in U.S. had shown that a socially active lifestyle can dramatically speed up weight loss through the burning of fat in mice. There are two types of fat - white fat and brown fat. Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Department of Endocrinology , who was interviewed for the story shared that white fat stores extra energy and is not active metabolically while brown fat is active fat that generates energy to keep us warm.

11 Oct 2011
Today

Weight Saboteurs
reported the common weight saboteurs. Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Department of Endocrinology , who was interviewed for the story shared 5 common obstacles for weight loss. Link: http://www.todayonline.com/Health/EDC111011-0000124/Weight-saboteurs

8 Oct 2011
Shin Min Daily, Pg 10

Drinking cold water to reduce weight
reported on a China artiste's claim that one can reduce weight by drinking cold water. The article quoted Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Department of Endocrinology , that "it is true the body spends some energy warming up the cold water. One cup of 250 ml ice water at 4 degrees would however only cause us to burn 8.25kcal. To have any significant effect, one must drink many glasses of ice-water."

21 Sep 2011
Channel 8, Good Morning Singapore

C-reactive protein
interviewed Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Dept of Endocrinology, on the relationship between C-reactive protein and the risk of coronary heart disease in local population .

15 Aug 2011
Lianhe Wanbao, Health Monthly, Pg 15

Women can lose weight by changing their lifestyle
carried weight management tips from Dr Daniel Wai, Consultant & Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit, Department of Endocrinology . The tips included doing exercise using Exercise Bands over lunch break; taking three regular meals containing complex carbohydrates for longer lasting fuel for the body; and to go for a la carte meals rather than buffets as people tend to overeat during buffets.

13 Aug 2011
Shin Min Daily, Pg 10

Chewing food 40 times
reported a USA study which found that chewing food 40 times instead of a typical 15 times can cause study participants to eat nearly 12 percent fewer calories. Dr Daniel Wai, Consultant & Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit, Department of Endocrinology, said if one chews his food more times, his body would think that he has eaten more, and the hunger hormone (Ghrelin) will drop more too. He added, " It also takes about 20 minutes for the brain to realise that our stomach is full. So I would advise patients to eat slowly and chew their food more thoroughly."

4 Aug 2011
The Straits Times, Mind Your Body, 4 August 2011, Pg 12

Can you lose weight with vibrations?
reported on vibration machines which was increasingly commonly bought by gyms and even individuals. Dr Daniel Wai, director of the obesity and metabolic unit at Singapore General Hospital, said: “The actual amount of calories burnt after one hour of such exercise (on a vibrating plate) is only around 100calories, but as muscles are built up, it helps increase the amount of energy we burn in the resting state.” Link: http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/News/Pages/Can-you-lose-weight-with-vibrations.aspx

22 Jul 2011
Capital Radio 95.8FM at 2.30pm and 23 Jul at 9.25am

Obesity in Singapore
interviewed Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Dept of Endocrinology about obesity in Singapore. Dr Wai pointed out that 1 out of every 9 Singaporeans is obese. The rise in numbers is possibly caused by diet and lifestyle changes. Some trends have also indicated that obese men are getting younger and more children are getting obesity related conditions such as type 2 diabetes. He also gave some tips on how to lose weight. Details of the upcoming public forum on 30 July organised by the Obesity & Metabolic Unit were also shared on the programme.

14 Jul 2011
Capital Radio 95.8FM, News at 12nn, 1pm, 6pm and 8pm

Individuals with high C-reactive protein levels could be at-risk of heart diseases
interviewed Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Dept of Endocrinology, on the study that looks at the relationship between C-reactive protein and the risk of coronary heart disease in local population . Dr Wai was an author of the study.

14 Jul 2011
Lianhe Zaobao, zbNOW, Pg 04

Are you still eating like a child?
reported that most people grow up keeping the bad eating habits they have as a child. Habits such as having their meals while watching TV, eating irregularly and taking supper, could cause indigestion, weight gain and other health problems. Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Dept of Endocrinology , said: " It takes about 20 minutes for our brain to tell if we are full. If a person finishes the meal too quickly, he or she may still feel hungry and overeat as a result. Eating too fast can also lead to choking in small children. " He added that during meal time, TV should be switched off and keep away from newspaper, smartphones, computer, etc, as it is a time for the family to catch up with each other. Link: http://health.zaobao.com.sg/pages9/healthy110714.shtml

30 June 2011
Shape magazine

Cheat your way to Tip Top Form
Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit, Dept of Endocrinology, SGH gave tips on how to cheat obesity by having enough sleep, having 3 meals a day, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. He also gave tips on how to recover from weekend alcohol binges, buffet, germs at the workplace, and passive smoke.

23 June 2011
93.8 Live, Body and Soul

Weight Management Forum
interviewed Dr Daniel Wai, Consultant, Dept of Endocrinology on weight management. The interview covered the causes of obesity, patterns and trends in Singapore, the types of people who are predisposed to obesity, the treatment plans and others.
Link: http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/radio/938live/programmearticle.aspx?cp-documentid=4951394

May 2011
Her World Magazine, p174-5

Figure it Out
Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Department of Endocrinology said that the danger level of waist circumference for women was 80 cm. Increased waist can lead to higher chance of type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, polycystic ovary syndrome, and sleep disorders.

15 Feb 2011
MyPaper, Pg A04

Panel reviewing weight loss TV show
reported that the Health Ministry has set up a panel of medical experts, chaired by Prof Ng Han Seong, Chairman, Medical Board , to review the Lose To Win reality TV programme after a participant died last month. In an interview with MyPaper, Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Department of Endocrinology said such programmes are typically done in an artificial setting where participants spend much time losing weight. It would be more sustainable for one to lose weight gradually, especially for those with a medical condition like heart disease, he added. Link: http://www.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20110215-263519.html

13 Feb 2011
Straits Times, Pg 06

Fad diet dangers
shared about the Dukan diet, which was created 10 years ago by French nutritionist Pierre Dukan. Dr Daniel Wai, Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit and Consultant, Department of Endocrinology said that the Dukan diet is similar to the better-known Atkins diet, except that the Dukan diet restricts the intake of fat while the Atkins diet does not. "Such no-fat and low-carbohydrate diet are 'undesirable' as they can result in the loss of important vitamins in the long run," he added.

20 Jan 2011
zbNOW, Pg 03

Elderly should lose weight progressively
highlighted that losing weight the way the winner of Biggest Loser season 2, Raj, did is unhealthy and unrealistic. The elderly should not attempt to lose weight rapidly. " Doing so may increase risk to the heart especially for people who had not exercised regularly before. It is important to start slow and let the body get used to the exercise requirement. It could also heighten risk to muscles and joints. Excessive exercise causes significant strain on the muscles. Should they encounter any chest tightness or excessive breathlessness, stop the exercise and go and see a doctor ," cautioned Dr Daniel Wai, Obesity and Metabolic Unit, LIFE Centre and Consultant, Department of Endocrinology . The article also dispel some weight loss myths. Link: http://health.zaobao.com.sg/pages9/healthy110120.shtml

19 Jan 2011
Capital 95.8FM, 新闻共和国

Importance of medication compliance
interviewed Dr Daniel Wai, Consultant, Department of Endocrinology , on the importance of medication compliance especially for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. Dr Wai also stressed the need for patients to take medications prescribed by doctors and shared that even though certain medications may cause side effects but the chances of patients experiencing it are relatively low.

15 Dec 2010
My Paper, Pg A2 and A5

S'pore has few healthy food choices
ran a story about a recent survey by Health Promotion Board this year showed that six out of 10 people ate out each week and healthy food choices are lacking for those who eat out. Obesity rates in Singapore stands at 10.8 per cent and the rise is greater for those between ages 30 and 39. Dr Daniel Wai, Consultant, Department of Endocrinology and Director, Obesity and Metabolic Unit said there is an increasing number of obese young executives. The patients he sees are typically overworked, and eat out at hawker centres often. "Hawker food usually has higher salt, sugar and oil content, compared to home-cooked meals," he added. Link: http://www.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20101215-252804.html

25 Nov 2010
ST, Pg A32

Best diabetes therapy? Weights plus aerobics
shared that according a paper published in Journal of the American Medical Association, diabetes patients should mix aerobics with weight training to get the best results in lowering blood sugar. The article also pointed out that at least 8.2 per cent of Singaporean adults have diabetes. Dr Daniel Wai, Consultant, Department of Endocrinology, SGH had conducted similar studies which showed how aerobic exercise reduced glucose levels and resistance exercise could shrink waistlines. He added: "Previously, we may have advised our patients to go walking, jogging, or ride a bike, but with the findings of this study, we should also tell them to include progressive resistance training."

Oct 2010
Shin Min Daily

Obesity spread through sneezing?
shared that a study found that a virus called Adenovirus-36 was found to increase obesity in certain animals. Dr Daniel Wai, Consultant, Department of Endocrinology, SGH said that the usual causes of rising obesity are increased energy intake, reduced energy output and reduced sleep. Viral infection as a cause is more controversial, but if proven true, a future vaccine may be able to help reduce obesity.

July 2008
Diabetes Singapore


Dr Daniel Wai described different kinds of cholesterol, what causes high levels of them and how to control them.
Link: http://www.diabetes.org.sg/resources/jul_2008_insight-lipids.pdf