It’s no secret that fruit and vegetables are the cornerstone of a healthy diet. It’s recommended that adults get at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day. Despite these recommendations, it’s thought that only around 6% of Australians eat the recommended amount of vegetables each day and only half eat [...]
There has been a lot of hype in recent years about intermittent fasting. One of the most well-publicised intermittent fast diet is the 5:2 diet, which involves eating normally and sensibly for five days a week and then cutting caloric intake on the other two days to 500 calories for women and 600 calories for [...]
Physical inactivity is a global pandemic increasing the risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia and some cancers like colon cancer. Worldwide statistics show there are billions of dollars in costs to individuals, families and the economy from not being active enough and millions of lives lost. Unless you’re bed ridden, we’re all physically active [...]
A good night’s sleep is extremely important for children. Not enough sleep can cause daytime sleepiness, moodiness and an inability to concentrate – all of which are detrimental to a child’s learning and social development. It’s recommended that toddlers get between 12 – 14 hours sleep each day / night and primary school aged children [...]
A lack of access to an adequate food supply can have a negative effect on a person’s immune system as a result of inadequate energy and a deficiency of vitamins and minerals. Malnutrition, in the form of under-consumption, can lead to a suppressed immune system and the inability to produce an effective immune response. An [...]
The risks of most diseases are contributed to, at least in part, by genes. Having a family history of a particular disease is often flagged as a risk factor to be aware of, with diseases like heart disease and some cancers. Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) is a type of study that targets the genetic causes [...]
Coffee is a very popular beverage, consumed widely for a number of reasons, not least being for its purported ability to fight fatigue and boost concentration. Numerous studies have investigated the health effects associated with coffee consumption with mixed results. Some claim coffee consumption is damaging to health, arguing that overconsumption can be dangerous to [...]
Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in women and is responsible for about 5% of all cancer deaths in Australian women. It’s a cancer than can be difficult to diagnose at an early stage and there are few effective, non-invasive and easily accessed screening programs for ovarian cancer and the [...]
The Your Doctor September edition is now out!
The Your Doctor August edition is now out!