Kristie Leong M.D.

Kristie Leong M.D.

I m a family physician with a strong interest in disease prevention and alternative medicine. I m particularly interested in how diet plays a role in disease prevention. Hope I can inspire someone to lead a healthier life. :-
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A family physician with a strong interest in disease prevention and alternative medicine.

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B.S. Biology, B.A. Psychology, Masters Clinical Pathology, Doctor of Medicine

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American Academy of Family Practice, American Medical Association
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  • Five Surprising Foods That May Increase Your Risk for Osteoporosis
    You already know that calcium is important for preventing osteoporosis, but there are also foods that may increase your risk. Discover five foods that aren’t always bone-friendly and how to avoid eating a diet that puts your bones at risk.
  • Five Ways to Reduce Belly Fat With Diet
    Are you singing the belly fat woes? Belly fat is a frustrating problem that becomes more common with age – and diet plays as much of a role as exercise when it comes to keeping it under control. Here are five ways to use diet and nutrition to reduce fat.
  • How Who You Eat With Influences How Much You Eat
    What you eat and how much you put on your plate are important factors when it comes to controlling your weight – but who you eat with is critical too. Find out why you should choose your dining companion's wisely.
  • Ways to Tap Into the Health Benefits of Spinach (and Why You Should)
    Do you need to add more vegetables to your diet? There are certainly lots of good reasons to do so. When you’re planning your menu, why not add some spinach to the dinner table? You’ll be amazed by the many health benefits of spinach.
  • Dietary Zinc: Why You May Need More Zinc in Your Diet
    Getting enough dietary zinc? Are you sure? Recent research points out the importance of getting enough zinc – and a significant number of people aren’t. In fact, you may need more zinc as you age. Find out why and learn more about the best sources of this
  • Fish Is a Good Source of Omega-3s but How Concerned Should You Be About Mercury?
    There are benefits to adding more omega-3s to your diet, but some people limit their fish consumption because some fish are high in mercury. Do the benefits of eating fish outweigh the risk of being exposed to mercury?
  • Headaches After Exercise: What Causes Them?
    What could be more inconvenient than having a headache during a workout? Some people routinely experience headaches when they lift weights or do intense exercise. What causes them, and should you be concerned if you have them?
  • Can Your Diet Be Too Low in Sodium?
    You’re eating more whole foods and less packaged foods that are high in dietary sodium -- and you’re not using the salt shaker. Most people get far too much sodium in their diet -- but can you go too low?
  • Anti-Aging Skin Care: Can Topical Antioxidants Be Absorbed Enough to Offer Benefits?
    Topical antioxidants are common ingredients in anti-aging skin care products - but how effective are they? Most importantly, are they absorbed or do they simply stay on the surface of your skin? Find out more.
  • Sleep Too Little, Munch Too Much: New Research on How Sleep Affects Appetite
    Research has already shown a link between inadequate sleep and weight gain, but it’s never been clear exactly why. Now a new study sheds light on the link between sleep, appetite, and weight control. Find out more about this intriguing finding.
  • What is an Abdominal Pregnancy?
    Most pregnancies are uncomplicated but, in rare cases, something called an abdominal pregnancy can develop. What is an abdominal pregnancy and what are the risks of having one?
  • What is a Crescendo TIA (transient Ischemic Attack)?
    You may have heard of a TIA - but what is a crescendo TIA? Find out more about this sub-type of transient ischemic attack or TIA and what its symptoms are.
  • Preventing Osteoporosis: When Should You Get a Bone-Density Study?
    Osteoporosis is a common problem that can lead to stooped posture and fractures. Fortunately, there are tests to measure bone density. Find out when you should get a bone-density study to check for osteoporosis.
  • Why Men Should Be Concerned About Belly Fat
    Belly fat is more than just a cosmetic problem -- it's a marker for future health issues. Find out why all men should be concerned about belly fat and what you can do to reduce it.
  • A Novel Way Drinking Milk Could Help You Control Your Weight
    There are lots of reasons to drink milk, and now a new study finds another. Researchers have discovered a novel nutrient in milk that helps with weight control. Find out more about this nutrient and its possible benefits.
  • Female Hair Loss After Menopause: What Causes It?
    Hair loss after menopause is a frustrating but common problem women experience as they go through the change of life. What causes it and are there treatments that can help? Find out.
  • American Heart Month: Ask a Doctor a Question About Cardiovascular Health
    Questions about heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy? I'm a family physician, and I'll attempt to answer some common questions people ask about heart disease and health.
  • What Are Xenoestrogens and How Do They Affect Your Health?
    What are xenoestrogens – and what impact can they have on your health? This article discusses what these “rogue” estrogen-like molecules are, their possible impact on health and how to reduce your exposure to them.
  • 5 Little-Known Causes of Heart Attacks
    Most heart attacks happen when a piece of plaque breaks off inside an artery. When this happens, a clot forms and blood flow to the heart is reduced, damaging a portion of the heart muscle. But this isn't the only cause. Find out about five other causes.
  • Is social media stressing you out?
    Spending time on Facebook and other social media sites sounds like a great way to relax. Quite the contrary. A new study shows social media may be increasing our stress level. Here's why.
  • Understanding Incontinence and Your Aging Body
    Urinary incontinence becomes more common with age. Find out more about the types of urinary incontinence and what causes you to lose control of your bladder.
  • Probiotics: Myths and Facts
    Probiotics have become a hot topic in the supplement community, but there are lots of myths and misconceptions about them. Here are six commonly believed myths about probiotics.
  • 8 Exercises for Men Over 50
    Exercise is even more important after the age of 50. Need some inspiration? Here are eight ways men can stay fit during and after the fifth decade of life.
  • Halloween Health: Best Picks for Nutritious or Alternative Treats
    Candy is the traditional Halloween handout, but do kids really need more of the sweet stuff? Discover seven healthy alternatives to hand out when ghosts and goblins knock on your door this year.
  • Foods that Help Incontinence Symptoms
    Urinary incontinence is a frustrating symptom that's common, especially among older women. Dietary changes can often have positive benefits. This article discusses how diet affects incontinence.
  • Flying During Cold/Flu Season: How to Stay Healthy
    Your risk for certain health problems, including colds and flu viruses, may be higher when you fly. Don't have your trip ruined by illness. Here are tips for staying healthy when flying.
  • Ways to Live an Active Life with an Overactive Bladder
    An overactive bladder is a problem that many people have, particularly women. Fortunately, it doesn't have to completely change your life. Here are four tips for living an active life with an overactive bladder.
  • Five Causes of Temporary Incontinence
    Some causes of incontinence are temporary and can be corrected by making lifestyle and dietary changes. Here are five common causes of urinary incontinence that are reversible.
  • Is the Flu Shot Really Necessary?
    On the fence as to whether to get the seasonal flu vaccine this year? Find out how the influenza vaccine works and why it's important.
  • 5 Fat-Blasting Cardio Alternatives to the Treadmill and Elliptical Machine
    Does the thought of stepping on a treadmill or elliptical machine make you want to take off exercise shoes? Challenge your body in a new way. Discover five cardio alternatives that’ll get your heart rate up and offer you other fitness benefits as well.
  • Compound in Some Cooked Foods May Cause Weight Gain
    Can a compound found in cooked meat make it harder to control your weight? Find out what a new study shows about obesity and a substance formed when foods high in fat and protein are heated to high temperatures.
  • 5 great workouts for couples
    Want to make exercise more fun? Get your significant other involved. When you work out as a couple, you're more likely to stick with it and you'll both get the benefits. Need some ideas? Here are five ideas for working out as a couple.
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Know the Symptoms
    Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy diagnosed in men and the second leading cause of cancer death among men. Learn more about the symptoms of this common form of cancer.
  • 6 Essential Vitamins and Minerals for People Over 50
    Good nutrition is important throughout life, but it's even more important as you enter late middle-age. Here are six vitamins and minerals some older people may need more of.
  • Eight Exercises for a Healthy Heart
    Exercise is important for a healthy heart. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to get an effective cardiovascular workout. Here are eight to try.
  • 3 Factors That Determine How Filling a Food Is and How This Can Help You Lose Weight
    Some foods are more filling and satisfying than others. Have you ever wondered why? This article discusses three characteristics of a food that make it more satiating or filling. If you’re trying to control your weight, knowing this can help you make bett
  • Exercise Sun Protection: 4 Ways to Protect Your Skin When Exercising Outdoors
    Do you exercise outdoors on occasion? Those outdoor workouts increase your risk for skin cancers and premature skin aging. Take these four steps to prevent sun damage when you’re working out.
  • Explaining Incontinence to Your Grandkids
    Kids sometimes have a hard time understanding why grandma or grandpa has to stop playing with them and go to the bathroom so often. This article explains how to help kids understand grandma or grandpa's incontinence problem.
  • Steps to Avoiding Urinary Urgency
    Are you dealing with the frustrating problem of urinary urgency and leakage? Fortunately, there are simple ways to treat this problem that don't involve medications. Discover simple ways to deal with this problem.
  • Silent Diabetes: 5 Signs that You Have Diabetes and Don't Know It
    You probably already know the typical signs of diabetes - fatigue, increased thirst, urination and weight loss. But people with diabetes can have other symptoms too. Discover five less obvious signs that you could have diabetes.
  • 5 Tips for Healthy Grilling This Summer
    Ready to bring out the grill for a “welcome to summer” grilling party? Grilled meat may taste good, but it’s not always the healthiest choice. Find out why, and discover five ways to make grilled meat healthier.
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  • Muscle Soreness After Exercise: Why You Shouldn't Reach for a Bottle of Advil
    When you work your muscles too hard, do you reach for an ice pack and a bottle of Advil to ease the pain and soreness the next day? Some research suggests that this may actually delay healing. Find out why.
  • Extreme Fitness: Welcome to the World of Ultramarathons
    Is running a marathon no longer a challenge? Enter the world of ultramarathon running, where runners run 100 miles or more over challenging terrain in hostile temperatures. Find out what it takes to be an ultra-endurance runner and what the risks are.
  • What Are Functional Foods?
    What are functional foods? You’ve probably heard the term “functional foods” used a lot recently, but there’s a lot of confusion as to what they are and what the health benefits of eating them are.
  • Exercises You Can Do to Stop a Leaky Bladder
    Leaky bladder is a common problem, especially among women who have given birth. Fortunately, there are exercises you can do to strengthen the pelvic muscles that support the bladder. Find out how to do them.
  • How to Relieve an Overactive Bladder Without a Prescription
    Medications are sometimes used to treat the problem of an overactive bladder, but they aren't always necessary. There are natural ways to make an overactive bladder less "active." Here are some of them.
  • The Importance of Calcium During Menopause
    Many women don't get enough calcium in their diet. Find out why women of menopausal age need to take special precautions to make sure they get adequate amounts of calcium in their diet - and how best to do that.
  • Are Long Periods of Cardio Risky to Your Health?
    Can long periods of cardio be risky to your health? Find out why spending an hour or more on a cardio machine may not be the best option from a health and fitness standpoint. More isn’t necessarily better when it comes to aerobic exercise.
  • Ways to Recover After a Tough Workout
    Recovering properly from a workout can help you avoid post-exercise fatigue and reduce soreness. Here are ten things to do after a workout to speed up recovery.
  • Qnexa: The Next Obesity Drug? How Safe and Effective Is It?
    Qnexa, the first new obesity drug in 10 years, could soon enter the market. How effective is this medication, and, more importantly, is it safe?
  • Is Urine Sterile?
    Is it normal to have bacteria and other funny organisms in your urine or not? Find out whether urine is sterile and what it means if it's not.
  • Why You Should Get Your Blood Pressure Checked in Both Arms
    Do you check your blood pressure in one arm only? A new study shows that a significant difference in pressure between your two arms could be a sign of health problems. Find out what they are.
  • 8 Ways to Be More Active in Retirement
    It's important to stay active during retirement. Being active helps to boost your mental and physical health. Need some ideas? Here are eight ways to be more active in retirement.
  • Vinegar for Weight Loss: Does It Work?
    Is there a fat-fighter hiding in your kitchen cabinet? Find out what research shows about the weight loss benefits of a common condiment most people already have in their house and discover ways you can add more of it to your diet.
  • Aspirin and Cancer: Can Taking an Aspirin Prevent or Treat Cancer?
    New research shows that aspirin, a common medication you can find in any drugstore, could help prevent the spread of cancerous tumors to other parts of the body. Find out more about this exciting finding.
  • Actos Side Effects
    Actos side effects should be of concern to anyone taking this drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. This article discusses common side effects people experience while on this medication as well as more serious side effects.
  • Does Eating a High-Fat Diet Damage Your Brain?
    Can a high-fat diet permanently change the way your brain responds to food? According to a new study, munching out on foods high in fat may damage portions of your brain that control appetite and weight. Find out more about this recent discovery.
  • Stealth Exercise: Burn More Calories in the Kitchen
    Who says kitchens are only for eating? You can actually turn cooking a meal into a work out. Find out how to burn more calories in the kitchen. It’s “stealth exercise” at its best.
  • How Exercise Protects Your Arteries After a High-Fat Meal
    If you slip up and eat too much fat for dinner, don’t beat yourself up. Take a brisk walk instead. A new study shows that exercising after a high-fat meal could help to protect your arteries against damage that can lead to heart disease. Find out more.
  • Does Wearing High-Heeled Shoes Increase the Risk of Knee Arthritis?
    Do you enjoy slipping into a pair of high heels in the morning? They may look great on your feet, but consider the health consequences. Recent research brings to light new concerns about high heels and joint health. Get the full story.
  • Treatment Tips for Diabetes Symptoms
    Type 2 diabetes is a disease that affects about 7 percent of the population. Treatment is important to reduce the risk of complications that can involve almost every organ in the body. This article discusses ways to treat the symptoms of diabetes.
  • Lipid Profile
    A lipid profile is one of the most common lab tests doctors perform. Find out how one is performed and why it's so important to get one.
  • Keeping Multi-Sport Athletes Safe from Injury
    Teens who play multiple sports during high school are at higher risk for overtraining and burnout. This article discusses the special challenges they face and how coaches and parents can help them avoid these problems.
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  • Are Teen Soccer Players at Risk for Heading the Ball?
    Heading the ball is a common practice among teen soccer players, but how safe is this practice? Find out what research shows about the risk of brain injury among soccer players who head the ball during games.
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  • Citalopram Side Effects
    Citalopram is a medication used to treat depression. Like most medications, it has a variety of side effects that you need to be aware of. Find out what they are and how to reduce your risk of having them.
  • Lexapro Withdrawal
    Lexapro withdrawal is not uncommon in people who suddenly stop taking this medication used to treat depression and generalized anxiety. This article discusses the symptoms of withdrawal from Lexapro and how to recognize them.
  • Why Bad Eating Habits Are So Persistent
    Do you have a few bad eating habits you’d like to change? A new study sheds insight on how to change them. The results may surprise you. Discover a new strategy for changing how you eat.
  • 5 tips for glowing skin
    Does your skin look dull and flakey? With aging, skin loses some of its natural luster and glow. Fortunately, there are ways to get back the soft, pink glow of youth. Discover these five tips for glowing skin. They really work.
  • 5 ways to melt away stress in the bathtub
    A warm bath after a long day at work is one of the best ways to relieve stress. When you soak in a tub of warm water, you can practically feel the stress melt away. This article gives five tips for making a stress-relieving soak even more therapeutic.
  • Two Strength-Training Exercises Most Women Don't Do and Why They Should
    Strength training exercises help to build upper body strength and definition. But most women don't maximize the benefits they get from strength training. Here are two strength training exercises that most women don't do that they should.
  • Health benefits of mangosteen: Does it live up to its reputation as superfruit?
    Superfruits are growing in popularity. One such superfruit called mangosteen is gaining lots of media attention. What are the health benefits of mangosteen fruit?
  • Tea for menstrual cramps: Can it relieve the pain?
    Do you suffer from menstrual cramps? If so, discover the healing benefits of chamomile tea, and how it can make the pre-menstrual period easier for you. It’s a natural way to ease the discomfort of 'that time of the month.'
  • Why an outdoor cycling workout shouldn't be your only form of exercise
    Is outdoor cycling a good way to stay in shape? Find out the benefits of cycling outdoors for your health and why it shouldn´t be your only form of exercise.
  • Recognizing Concussions in Teen Athletes
    Concussions are the most common traumatic sports injury that teen athletes experience. Recognizing a concussion and removing the athlete from the field is top priority. Find out why.
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  • Thanksgiving food poisoning: How to prevent it
    The Thanksgiving holidays bring with it family and lots of delicious food, but don’t let the Thanksgiving Day meal be a source of food poisoning. One of the most common causes of food poisoning is turkey that’s undercooked and mishandled.
  • Does Exercise Lower Triglyceride Levels?
    A high triglyceride level is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Changing your diet can help bring an elevated triglyceride level down, but what about exercise? Does exercise lower triglyceride levels?
  • Love Caffeine? It May Be in Your Genes
    Is Starbucks your favorite hang-out? Blame it on mom and dad. A new study shows that caffeine consumption may be in your genes. Find out why.
  • Does a high-sodium diet reduce stress?
    A surprising new study shows that higher levels of sodium may reduce stress. Find out more about sodium, stress and social anxiety -- and how they´re all related.
  • What to Eat After Diverticulitis
    People with diverticulitis have pockets on the inside of their colon that become infected, leading to inflammation and pain. Diet plays a big role in preventing further diverticulitis attacks. Find out what to eat after diverticulitis - to prevent future
  • Is it safe to eat soy after breast cancer?
    Whether it´s safe for a woman to eat soy after breast cancer is controversial, but recent research sheds new light on the topic. Find out more.
  • Can eating pistachios help you lose weight?
    Can eating pistachio nuts help you take off weight? Find out why this crunchy nut may have fewer calories than what´s listed on the package -- and how they can help you lose weight.
  • Can vitamin A slow down growth of early breast cancer?
    Does vitamin A slow down the growth of breast cancer? Find out what new research shows about vitamin A and breast cancer -- the second most common type of cancer in women.
  • Is your baby eating tainted baby food?
    A recent study shows that some baby food and baby formula contains high levels of heavy metals and arsenic. Is your baby eating tainted baby food?
  • Welding Health Hazards: It Increases the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
    Welders are at higher risk for injuries and other health problems. Now a new study shows the one of the potential hazards of welding is a greater risk of Parkinson´s disease. Find out more about this risky occupation.
  • Does Drinking Coffee Lower the Risk of Breast Cancer?
    Coffee may perk you up in the morning and keep you more alert, but can it prevent breast cancer as well? Find out what a new study shows about coffee and breast cancer - and the possible benefits of sipping this steaming beverage.
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  • How to Find a Gym That's Cheap
    Do you need to work out but can't quite swing the cost of a health club membership? Don't be discouraged. Here's how to find a gym that won't eat up your paycheck.
  • A New Alternative to Botox for Crow's Feet
    Botox injections can help erase crow's feet, the wrinkles many people get along the sides of their eyes when they smile, but few people enjoy being stuck with a needle. There's a new alternative to Botox injections on the horizon. Find out more.
  • 5 powerful carb eating tips
    Carbohydrates have been maligned for causing weight gain, but they're also an important source of fuel. The key is to eat the right ones at the right time. Here are five carb-eating tips to help you get the benefits of carbs without the weight gain.
  • 8 ways to relieve anxiety naturally
    Stress and anxiety aren't easy to live with. In fact, they can destroy some people's lives. Prescription medications aren't always the answer since they have side-effects. This article, written by a medical doctor, discusses eight ways to relieve anxiety
  • How Incidental Exercise Can Help You Get Fit
    Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it to the gym every day. New research shows that “incidental exercise,” the kind you do every day has health benefits too. Find out more about the health benefits of informal exercise.
  • Are Brazilian Blowout Hair Products a Health Risk?
    Brazilian Blowouts are a popular hair trend. Celebrities such as Nicole Ritchie are proponents of this hair straightening technique. But is it safe? Find out why you may be putting your health at risk when you get a Brazilian Blowout.
  • Is a Broccoli Supplement a Good Substitue for Broccoli Sprouts?
    Some people who don't like the taste of broccoli or broccoli sprouts take broccoli supplements instead. Are they still getting the same cancer-fighting benefits as those who eat the whole food? Find out.
  • Will Eating Walnuts Give You More Brain Power?
    There are plenty of reasons to love walnuts. A new study shows these crunchy nuts may do more than benefit your heart. They may actually help you reason better. Find out how.
  • Is This Diet Better Than Medications for Heart Disease?
    How and what you eat affects your risk of heart disease, but can diet be a better treatment than medications? Possibly. See what a new study shows.
  • Discover the Benefits of Microexercise
    Microexercise is the incidental exercise you do throughout the day. It counts when it comes to improving your health and fitness. The key is to do more of it. Find out how.
  • Bored with Exercise? Get Fit with a Hula Hoop
    Are you tired of your exercise routine? Why not exercise and have fun at the same time? Discover the health benefits of hula hooping for fitness. It works!
  • What are the risks of playing football with a collapsed lung?
    Tony Romo led his team to victory despite having a fractured rib and a collapsed lung. How risky is it to play football with a medical problem like this? Find out more about the risks of having a collapsed lung.
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  • Diet and Depression: Does What You Eat Affect Your Mood?
    There's increasing evidence that what you eat plays a role in your mood. If you're suffering from depression, here are some dietary changes to consider.
  • Do Antidepressants Work for Treating Depression?
    Antidepressants are commonly used to treat the symptoms of depression. But do they really work? Even more importantly, are they safe? Find out what the latest research shows.
  • Symptoms of Depression: Can They Come from Your Intestines?
    Your intestines and mental health may be more closely linked than you know. Some people who suffer from depression may actually be sensitive to an ingredient in wheat called gluten. Find out more about the link between gluten sensitivity and depression.
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