Kristine Yaffe, MD


UCSF Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology

Kristine Yaffe, MD, is a professor in the UCSF Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology, and associate chair of research for the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. She is also chief of Geriatric Psychiatry and director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In both her research and in her clinical work, she has directed her efforts towards improving the care of patients with cognitive disorders and other geriatric neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Yaffe's research has focused on the predictors and outcomes of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults. She is currently conducting path-breaking research into how sugar and metabolic disease impact mental function and Alzheimer’s and is particularly interested in identifying novel risk factors for cognitive impairment that may lead to strategies to prevent cognitive decline.




A group of chronic diseases of the brain that cause, memory loss, behavior changes, and abnormal thinking and reasoning.

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Too much fructose in added sugar can damage your liver just like too much alcohol.

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Today, 31% of American adults and 13% of kids suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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