Local News for Chinese | October 21, 2020 | Reported by Raymond

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President Trump and his wife were infected with COVID-19 and are recovering smoothly with the help of a strong medical team and advanced drugs. “But one thing that many people have overlooked is that those cases of death due to COVID-19, more than 90% of them are patients with chronic underlying diseases,” emphasized Joe Liu, founder of the Joe & Emmy Liu Foundation.

Liu Yanliang is a senior figure in the semiconductor industry in the Bay Area. He has participated in the exchange and development of the Taiwan-US semiconductor industry since the 1980s, and has witnessed the rise of UMC and TSMC along the way. In recent years, he has also helped many Chinese startups in the venture capital industry, including medical-related industries. He found that the United States spends huge sums of money on health care every year, and that 90% of the national health care budget are spent on 60% of American adults with chronic diseases. In 2020, the United States spends four trillion U.S. dollars on health care, of which 90%, or 3.6 trillion, is spent on patients with chronic diseases, and this number is growing at an alarming rate every year. With this in mind, Liu Yanliang established the Joe & Emmy Liu Foundation last year to attract everyone’s attention to chronic disease prevention.

“The spread of COVID-19 around the world has also accelerated the pace of our foundation, because we have seen that the elderly with chronic diseases are the most severely affected by the virus, but few people are doing the promotion of chronic disease prevention.” According to research, life span is shortened by about 1.8 years for every chronic disease.” Americans spend the most money on medical care, but the average life expectancy is far behind Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan. One of the main reasons is that too many Americans suffer from chronic diseases, and the main cause of chronic diseases is high-risk behavioral choices,” Liu Yanliang explained.

Eating poorly, not exercising, smoking and alcohol abuse, etc., are all high-risk behaviors that can easily lead to long-term diseases.” Actually, they are all clichés, but it is easy for everyone to ignore,” Liu Yanliang said. Combining its high-tech background and a sense of mission in the prevention of chronic diseases, the Joe & Emmy Liu Foundation completed the nation’s first public welfare application for the prevention of chronic diseases last month – the LiuLife app, which is now available for free download and use.

Liu Life app is developed and designed by a team of doctors and public health experts with professional knowledge. It lists ten positive indexes and three negative indexes including physical, psychological, financial planning, social support, and medical behavior, so that everyone can do a self-check within two minutes to determine whether you are engaged in behaviors that can cause long-term illness, and score your health. “If the score is high, you must continue to maintain these good life behaviors; if the score is low, you must always remind yourself to correct your behavior and follow the app’s recommendations,” Liu Yanliang said.

“Actually, it’s just like the questions that a doctor would ask every time you go for a health check.” Liu Yanliang suggested that after downloading the Liu Life app, spend two minutes answering questions every two months. You can develop good behavior habits in about a year or two. A related study done by Harvard University found that compared with people who choose high-risk behaviors, people with healthy behaviors will live an average of eight to ten years longer.” Our app covers a wider range of lifestyle habits than Harvard.” Liu Yanliang emphasized that the ultimate goal is to reduce the rate of Americans suffering from chronic diseases, so that more people can lead an independent, quality and dignified old age. Liu’s Foundation website https://joeliufoundation.org/, App website  http://liulife.org/, App download link  https://joeliufoundation.org/download

Original Text:

川普總統夫婦感染新冠病毒,在強大的醫療團隊及先進的藥物幫助下順利康復中。「但很多人忽略了一點,就是那些因新冠肺炎致死的病例,其中百分之九十以上是原本即患有慢性基礎病的患者」 ,劉氏基金會(Joe & Emmy Liu Foundation)創辦人劉燕良Joe Liu強調。

劉燕良是灣區半導體界的大老級人物,他從80年代起就參與了台美間半導體行業的交流發展,一路見證了聯電與台積電的興起。近年來在創投界也幫助了許多華人新創公司的建立,包括醫療相關行業。他發現美國每年耗費鉅資在健康照護上,而美國成年人當中60%患有慢性病的這些人花費了全國90%的健康照護預算。以2020年來說,美國在健康照護的花費是四兆美金,其中的九成也就是3.6兆是花在慢性病患者身上,而且這個數字每年以驚人的速度成長。有感於此,劉燕良在去年成立了劉氏基金會,致力於喚起大家對慢性病預防的重視。

「COVID-19的肆虐全球也加速了我們基金會的腳步,因為我們看到患有慢性病的長者是受到病毒侵襲最嚴重的群體,但慢性病預防的推廣卻很少人在做。」根據研究,每患有一種慢性病,就會縮短大約1.8年的壽命。「美國人花最多的錢在醫療照護上,但是平均壽命卻遠遠落後於台灣、新加坡、及日本。其中一個主要原因就是有太多美國人被長期病所苦,而造成長期病的最主要因素就是高風險的行為選擇」劉燕良說明。

大吃大喝、不運動、抽菸酗酒等,這些都是容易導致長期病的高風險行為。「其實都是老生常談,但大家很容易忽略,」劉燕良說。結合自己高科技的背景與對長期病預防的使命感,劉氏基金會上個月完成了全美首個預防長期病的公益應用程式––Liu Life app,已經開放讓大家免費下載使用。

Liu Life app是由醫生、公共健康專家等具專業知識的團隊研發設計,列出了包括身體、心理、財務規劃、社會支援、就醫行為等十種正向指數以及三種負面指數,讓每個人能在兩分鐘之內對自己是否從事會導致長期病的行為做一個自我檢查,也就是為自己的健康打分數。「如果分數很高,就要繼續保持這些良好的生活行為;如果分數很低,就要時時提醒自己修正行為,按照app的建議來做」,劉燕良說。

「其實就像你每次去做健康檢查醫生會問的問題一樣」,劉燕良建議下載Liu Life app後,每兩個月花兩分鐘回答問題,大概一兩年就可以養成良好的行為習慣,根據哈佛大學曾做過的相關研究發現,與選擇高風險行為的人相比,擁有健康行為的人平均壽命會長八到十年。「我們這個app比哈佛涵蓋的生活習慣更廣」。劉燕良強調,最終目的就是希望降低美國人罹患長期病的比率,以後更多人能過著獨立、有品質與尊嚴的老年生活。 劉氏基金會網站 https://joeliufoundation.org/,App網址 http://liulife.org/ ,App 下載鏈接 https://joeliufoundation.org/download

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