Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition (ASIA PAC J CLIN NUTR)

Publisher: Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society; Australasian Clinical Nutrition Society; Asia Pacific Public Health Nutrition Association; International Union of Nutritional Sciences, Wiley

Journal description

Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition is a peer reviewed journal published for the Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society.The aims of the Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society (APCNS) are to promote the education and training of clinical nutritionists in the region and to enhance the practice of human nutrition and related disciplines in their application to health and the prevention of disease.Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition publishes original research reports, short communications reviews, and letters to the editors. Letters to the editors may take several forms: they may be very short articles (500 words) containing new material, case reports, or comments on previous papers or on other topics of current interest. News, book reviews and other items may also be included.

Current impact factor: 1.70

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.699
2013 Impact Factor 1.36
2012 Impact Factor 1.055
2011 Impact Factor 1.133
2010 Impact Factor 1.438
2009 Impact Factor 1.214
2008 Impact Factor 0.817
2007 Impact Factor 1.18
2006 Impact Factor 1.483
2005 Impact Factor 1.015
2004 Impact Factor 0.483
2003 Impact Factor 0.401
2002 Impact Factor 0.282

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.74
Cited half-life 7.10
Immediacy index 0.27
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.49
Website Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition website
Other titles Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition (Online)
ISSN 0964-7058
OCLC 45596956
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

  • No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: With an effort to investigate possible relationship between flavonoids and health, an accurate estimation of flavonoid intake is valuable. We estimated dietary flavonoid intake and identified the major food sources. Subjects were healthy adults aged ≥19 y (n=11,474) who completed the 24-h dietary recall of the Korean National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (2010-2012). The US Department of Agriculture and newly estimated or published values for typical Korean foods were combined into a Korean-targeted flavonoid database. The mean intake of total flavonoid was 107±1.47 mg/d, with a higher intake in women than in men after energy-adjustment. Quercetin, cyanidin, genistein, daidzein, epigallocatechin 3-gallate, epicatechin, hesperetin, and luteolin were identified as major flavonoid compounds. Across the age range studied, flavonols and flavones showed a reversed U-shape curve; flavan-3-ol and flavanones showed a decreasing pattern; and anthocyanidins and isoflavones showed an increasing pattern. Forty-five food items were identified as contributing >2% of at least one flavonoid compound's intake. Kimchi was the major food source of total flavonoids, followed by green tea, persimmons, and soybeans. Single food items accounting for more than 50% of the intake of a specific flavonoid included persimmons (cyanidin), green tea (epigallocatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate, and epigallocatechin 3-gallate), black tea (thearubigin), tangerines (hesperetin and naringenin), and onions (isorhamnetin). This study provides information on Korean flavonoid intake to enable international comparisons, along with insight into how the sources and intake of various flavonoids vary according to age and gender. This work should facilitate future investigations of the association between flavonoid intake and health.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To evaluate the cutoff value of HbA1c for predicting diabetes and prediabetes in a Chinese high risk population aged over 45. Methods: A total of 619 people aged over 45 without diabetes were randomly recruited to complete the Finnish Diabetes Risk Score (FINDRISC) questionnaire. 208 high-risk individuals (defined by Diabetes Risk Score ≥9) had OGTT and HbA1c determined at the same time. Results: In a Chinese population aged over 45, the best cutoff values of HbA1c for detecting diabetes and prediabetes were 5.8% and 5.4% respectively. The area under the receiver operating characteristic (AUROC) curve of HbA1c for detecting diabetes was 0.85 (95% CI: 0.80-0.90) and prediabetes was 0.62 (95% CI: 0.54-0.70). The combined use of HbA1c and fasting blood glucose (FPG) had a larger AUROC than HbA1c alone (0.88, 95%CI: 0.83-0.92 in detecting diabetes vs 0.75, 95% CI: 0.67-0.82 in prediabetes), and had a higher sensitivity in predicting diabetes and higher specificity and positive predictive value (PPV) in predicting prediabetes. However, the AUROC between HbA1c alone and combined use in predicting diabetes was not significantly different (p=0.173). Conclusions: FINDRISC is a feasible tool to screen people who are at high risk of diabetes. The cutoff values of HbA1c to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes in a Chinese high risk population aged over 45 were 5.8% and 5.4%, respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of HbA1c for detecting diabetes and prediabetes were relatively low, so that the combined use of HbA1c and FPG may be more effective in prediction.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to test how the genetic polymorphisms located within the lipoprotein lipase (LPL) locus would modulate the relationship between a diet high in carbohydrate and insulin resistance related traits in metabolic syndrome adults. A one year nutritional intervention study focusing on education to increase dietary intake of whole grain, vegetable and fruit, and to reduce the intake of sodium, simple sugar and dietary fat (especially cooking oil and pork lard) was conducted. Two districts in Shanghai, China were randomly selected to be the intervention and control group, and patients (n=235) with metabolic syndrome within these two districts were selected based on a multistage sampling method. Fasting glucose was reduced in rs328 CC homozygotes (p=0.028) but not G carriers (p=0.686) within the intervention group. Also an ancillary study with greater statistical power by combining the baseline measurements across both the intervention and control groups was conducted to test the cross-sectional statistical interactions between carbohydrate/fat and lipoprotein lipase genotypes for homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance/insulin/fasting glucose. Increased carbohydrate intakes were positively associated with homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance and insulin in rs328 G carriers but not CC homozygotes (p for interaction was 0.025). These results indicate that diet high in carbohydrate may not be suitable for metabolic syndrome rs328 G carriers, calling for the development of personalized dietary intervention for metabolic syndrome subjects.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To investigate the predictive value of high body mass index (H-BMI) on the survival of patients with esophageal cancer (EC) after curative esophagectomy. Methods: Studies were systematically identified to investigate the relationship between overweight and obese (H-BMI) and clinical outcomes in EC patients treated with curative esophagectomy. Measured clinical outcomes were disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS). The pooled hazard ratio (HR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was estimated. Subgroup analyses were performed according to tumour type and body mass index (BMI). Results: Fourteen studies with 4823 cases were included in the final pooled quantitative analysis. In EC patients overall, H-BMI was associated with improved DFS (HR, 0.83; 95% CI: 0.75-0.90) and OS (HR, 0.79; 95 % CI: 0.73-0.85), as compared with normal BMI. The results were consistent with those who were overweight. Among patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), a better prognosis, as reflected by OS, was observed with H-BMI (HR, 0.81; 95% CI: 0.73-0.89). The same results were also observed in EAC patients who were obese and overweight. In contrast, among patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), H-BMI was associated with a worse prognosis, as reflected by DFS (HR, 2.26; 95% CI: 1.29-3.24). Conclusions: H-BMI has distinctly different impacts on the postoperative survival of EAC and ESCC patients. H-BMI is a potential predictor for better prognosis in EC patients overall, and particularly in EAC patients, treated with curative esophagectomy. However, in ESCC patients, H-BMI is a potential predictor for a worse prognosis of postoperative survival.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Peritoneal dialysis patients are at risk of glucose absorption from peritoneal dialysate, not only because of energy imbalance but also the toxic effects of high glucose. The current widely applied formulae may be not suitable for estimation of glucose absorption in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients. This study examined the actual glucose absorption in a cohort of CAPD patients and compared the results with estimates from four current formulae. Methods: We conducted a survey of glucose absorption of a cohort of 72 CAPD patients and compared actual dialysate glucose absorbed and estimates using K/DOQI formula, Grodstein formula, Bodnar formula, or a percentage estimate of 60%. Results: The total dialysate glucose infused each day varied from 54.4 to 191 g/day with average of 102±27.9 g. The average of glucose absorbed was 65.7 g (ranging from 19.5 to 131 g) by actual measurements. The mean absorption rate was 64.4% (ranging from 30.6% to 92.4%). The glucose absorbed from dialysate accounted for 13.8% (ranging from 5.0% to 30.1%) of total energy intake. The average errors of absolute values between actual measurements and estimates were greater than 10 g or 20 g glucose (p<0.001). The average errors in percentages were greater than 20% or 40%, dependently on estimating methods. Conclusions: The applications of current estimating methods may have limitations. The actual measurement provides dietitians and doctors with more exact information of absorbed glucose and energy compared to the current estimating methods.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Lower ethnic-specific body mass index (BMI) cutpoints have been proposed for Asians and adapted in some countries. However, to our knowledge, no study has directly compared Asians to other ethnic groups to test differences in associations between BMI and all-cause mortality using common methods. Objectives: We estimated the association between BMI and all-cause mortality in Chinese Asians and Caucasian Americans to determine if lower Asian-specific BMI cutpoints are warranted. Methods: Extant data of the People's Republic of China Study (1983-1997) including 5546 Chinese and the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (1987-2002) including 9932 Caucasians aged 45-64 years at baseline were used. All analyses were performed using Cox proportional regression models. Results: Standardized mortality rates were 6.88 (95% confidence interval (CI): 5.75-8.24) and 5.50 (95% CI: 4.74-6.39) per 1000 person-years for Chinese and Caucasians, respectively. Standardized mortality probabilities by age 70 were similar across all BMI categories among Chinese. Furthermore, the probabilities were similar to those among Caucasians with BMI of 27.5-<32.5 kg/m2. The BMI associated with lowest mortality risk was almost identical between Chinese (25.1 kg/m2) and Caucasians (25.2 kg/m2). The analysis of categorical BMI did not reveal an increased mortality risk at any BMI category among Chinese. In contrast, compared to those with a BMI of 23.0-<25.0 kg/m2, risk was elevated by 35% among Caucasians with a BMI of 30.0-<32.5 kg/m2. Conclusions: These findings do not support different BMI cutpoints for Chinese than Caucasians on the basis of mortality rates.
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    ABSTRACT: Muscle strength declines with age. However, factors that contribute to such declines are not well documented and have not been extensively studied in elderly populations of Asian origin. Correlations of grip strength with a broad range of factors associated with declines in muscle strength were examined in 202 community-living elderly Japanese women. After adjustment for age, grip strength was positively correlated with body weight, height, serum albumin, haemoglobin, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and serum iron and inversely with serum copper, and log high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP). Multiple linear regression analysis with grip strength as a dependent variable showed that 47.0% of variability of grip strength could be accounted for by height, age and haemoglobin in order of increasing R2. In conclusion, low haemoglobin may contribute to low muscle strength independently of age, anthropometric, nutritional, and inflammatory markers in the elderly, and may represent an important confounder of the association between grip strength and functional decline in community-living Japanese elderly women.
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    ABSTRACT: We examined the influences of patients' background characteristics on the frequency of performing five diabetes self-care behaviours that 185 Taiwanese outpatients reported. All patients had type 2 diabetes diagnosed for more than a year and attended an outpatient clinic at a large university hospital where they had received at least one dietitian-led individual nutrition education session and one nurse-led diabetes education session during the course of their care. Seventy nine percent of the patients regularly (defined as responses often or always on the questionnaire) took their medications and over half followed recommended meal plans and exercised, but fewer performed foot care (38%) or checked their blood glucose levels (20%) regularly. The associations between patients' demographics and disease-related characteristics and their performance of self-care behaviours were assessed with logistic regression. Although checking blood glucose levels and performing diabetes foot care were unrelated to any clinical outcome examined, patients who took their diabetes medications had lower hemoglobin A1c levels and fewer chronic complications than those who did not. Furthermore, patients who followed a diabetes meal plan also had lower hemoglobin A1c levels, and those who exercised regularly had healthier body mass indices (BMI) than those who did not.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To summarize anaemia prevalence data for children, women, and men using data from the second, third and fourth waves of the Indonesia Family Life Surveys (IFLS), which were conducted in 1997/8, 2000, and 2007/8, respectively. Methods: Anaemia prevalence was determined for children 0 to 5 years, 5 to 12 years, 12 to 15 years, non-pregnant women at least 15 years, pregnant women at least 15 years, and men at least 15 years, based on haemoglobin adjusted for altitude and smoking status. Results: Compared with 1997/8 estimates, anaemia prevalence estimates were lower in 2007/8 for all groups, with the greatest relative decline occurring in children 5 to 12 years (25.4%). Trend analysis found anaemia significantly declined over the survey years for all groups (χ2 p=0.005 for pregnant women, χ2 p<0.001 for all other groups). Conclusions: IFLS anaemia estimates for different population groups decreased between 1997/8 and 2007/8 and were consistent with estimates from Southeast Asia, and with other studies conducted in Indonesia. While the prevalence of anaemia consistently decreased in all groups, anaemia remains a moderate public health problem for children 0 to 5 years, children 5 to 12 years, and non-pregnant and pregnant women.
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of patient characteristics on reported adherence to dietary self-care behaviours in 184 Taiwanese outpatients 40 years or older with type 2 diabetes was assessed. Patient characteristics included the presence of predisposing factors affecting diabetes adherence (knowledge and attitudes about the disease, self-efficacy, and the absence of psychological problems), enabling factors (understanding of diabetes and environmental factors affecting it), and reinforcing factors (presence of medical and social support) which were evaluated using a 72 item self-administered questionnaire with 8 subscales. Adherence was assessed by patients' reports of carrying out 7 self-care behaviours (following a diabetic meal plan, following the diabetes exchange system, eating meals providing the same amount of carbohydrate every day, counting carbohydrates, reducing dietary fat, consuming high fiber foods, and keeping a daily food record). Reported adherence ranged from 17% to 74%. No single predisposing, enabling, or reinforcing factor predicted adherence to all of the dietary self-care behaviours. However, more self-efficacy, better understanding, and a better attitude toward diabetes were associated with performing five or more of the dietary self-care behaviours examined. With respect to specific self-care behaviours, women were more likely than men to count carbohydrates (OR=5.75) and reduce fat in their diets (OR=2.57). Patients who attended more nutrition education sessions were more likely to follow diabetes meal plans (OR=2.11) and the diabetes exchange system (OR=3.07). Efforts are needed to encourage providers to teach diabetes self-care behaviours to patients and to capitalize upon demographic and psychosocial characteristics that can enhance patient adherence.
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    ABSTRACT: Malnutrition is an independent risk factor for complications, mortality, wound healing, length of hospital stay, and costs. Associations between nutritional support and surgical patients remain controversial. Databases, including Pubmed, EMBASE, Web of Science, CNKI, VIP, and the Cochrane Library, were searched to find randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that assessed the effect of nutritional support on clinical outcomes in perioperative malnourished patients. The methodological quality of each included trial was assessed. A meta-analysis was conducted with Rev Man 5.2. Fifteen RCTs, involving 3831 patients, were included in this meta-analysis. Compared with control group, results showed that nutritional support was more effective in decreasing the incidence of infectious [relative risk (RR): 0.58; 95% CI: 0.50, 0.68; p<0.01] and non-infectious complications (RR: 0.74; 95% CI: 0.63, 0.88; p<0.01), and shortening the length of hospital stay [weighted mean difference (WMD): -2.64; 95% CI: -5.13, -0.16; p<0.05]. Moreover, the incidence of infectious complications in the immune nutrition group was significantly lower than that in the standard nutrition group (RR: 0.75; 95% CI: 0.58, 0.97; p<0.05). However, changes in hospital costs (WMD: 894; 95% CI: -1140, 2928; p>0.05) and postoperative mortality (RR: 0.77; 95% CI: 0.41, 1.44; p>0.05) between the nutritional support group and control group were not significantly different. In conclusion, perioperative nutritional support was superior in improving clinical outcomes in malnourished patients, which could significantly reduce the incidence of complications and effectively shorten the length of hospital stay.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are of nutritional interest for their unique properties on ingestion, absorption and metabolism. However, dietary and enteral MCTs usage in hospitalized patients in China requires evaluation. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted on 46 hospitalized patients who were administered MCTs therapy between January, 2012 and December, 2013 in Peking Union Medical College Hospital. The clinical parameters of subjects were evaluated 2 weeks after intervention. All indications and outcomes of MCTs therapy underwent evidence-based evaluation. A survey was conducted on a random sample of 77 doctors to clarify the awareness and knowledge of MCTs therapy among clinicians. Results: Among 46 cases undergoing MCTs therapy, there were 21 with gastrointestinal dysfunction (with improvement in 15 cases), 15 with lymphatic anomalies (with improvement in 7 cases), 5 with dyslipidemia (with improvement in 3 cases), 4 with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (with improvement in 2 cases) and 1 with epilepsy (without improvement). All indications were evidence -based. Although MCTs were being utilized in an increasing number of patients, the survey revealed poor knowledge of their physicochemical properties, medical indications and the therapeutic basis of their use among clinicians. Conclusions: MCTs therapy is of benefit in the management of gastrointestinal malabsorption, pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, intestinal lymphangiectasia and dyslipidemia. However, randomized controlled trials with adequate sample size and longer follow-up are required to evaluate further their efficacy, and more educational programs are needed to ensure clinical competence for MCT therapy.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition