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I had wonderful privilege to interview a fellow colleague – Younis Salmean, PhDc, M.S.- who has been doing research with fiber and the impact of fiber supplementation to patients with chronic kidney disease. Born in Kuwait, Mr. Salmean came to the United Stated in 2001 to get an undergraduate education in Food Science and Dietetics at Fresno State University, California. He enjoys and has worked in many health care settings related to nutrition care and education in private and public clinics. Mr. Salmean has worked with clients that with various health needs; ranging from controlling diabetes, cholesterol and weight loss (which by far was the most popular reason to be seen) to wellbeing and performance. Additionally he was fortunate to have worked as a teaching assistant for about 6 months under Dr. Fatima Huffman (the chair at the Department of Nutrition at FIU), who was on sabbatical in Kuwait. Dr. Huffman took Mr. Salmean under her wing, benefiting from her experience in diabetes and public health care. She had him focus at looking up research in diabetes, which has been one of his many interests. Soon after, he joined the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida.
PHBugle: Thank you for taking the time to interview with the Public Health Bugle. So here at the University of Florida, what is the focus of your research and the importance?
Younis: I was initially involved in working on the link between folate, vitamin B12, polymorphisms and risk of congenital hear defects. I was very fortunate to have worked with the world renowned folate expert professor Lynn Baily. After getting my master degree, I developed great interest in fiber’s therapeutic benefits. That led me to working with Dr. Wendy Dahl on fiber and its role and potential benefit in uremia management. This transition to fiber therapy was important because I enjoyed working more on applied nutritional theories. There is some evidence that suggests fiber therapy may potentially be beneficial for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD. She liked the idea and we moved from there, which is now my area of research – fiber therapy in chronic kidney disease patients.
PHBugle: What is the difference between chronic kidney disease and kidney failure?
Younis: CKD is divided into 5 stages: stage one being the mildest decline in kidney function, while stage five would be more sever and would require dialysis or transplant (kidney failure). Patients who become diagnosed with kidney failure or stage 5 CKD suffer a lot more symptoms and significant reduction in quality of life compared to those in stage 3 for example.
PHBugle: Did you experience a lot of chronic kidney disease patients in Kuwait?