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Coffee—Friend or Foe?


If you are one of the many Australians who enjoys a daily coffee (or a few) you may wonder about the impact of this on your health. The good news is that for most adults, regular moderate coffee consumption has several health benefits that appear to outweigh any potential risks. Two review papers published in

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Circadian Health – What It Is And Why It Matters


Your body clock is an internal clock which helps to regulate the timing of different processes in the body, including circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms follow a roughly 24-hour cycle and regulate things like sleep/wake cycles, body temperature, blood pressure, hormone secretion and immune function. The main factor affecting our circadian clock is light, which is

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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals


Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that can interfere with hormones produced in the body. Research suggests that exposure to these chemicals may contribute to a wide range of health problems, from obesity and type 2 diabetes, to reproductive and neurodevelopmental problems, to reproductive cancers. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be found in food, water and many consumer

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: What It is and How to Manage It


Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic health condition which causes pain and swelling in your joints. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) about 456,000 Australians (around 1 in 50 people) have rheumatoid arthritis. While it is most common in those over 75 years of age, most people are first diagnosed between the

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Your Diabetes Annual Cycle of Care


The diabetes annual cycle of care is a checklist for reviewing your diabetes management and general health – if you have diabetes it is recommended that you do this review with your general practitioner (GP) each year. As part of this process, your GP may refer you to other health professionals, such as a dietitian,

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Managing Metabolic Syndrome with Lifestyle Changes


Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors which together increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when you have three or more of the following risk factors: Excess weight around the middle (a waist circumference of more than 88cm for women and more than 102cm for

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Gas and Bloating


Most of us have experienced the occasional episode of bloating, particularly after overeating or eating a rich meal. For some, bloating can occur as a symptom of other digestive disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or indigestion. But for others, bloating occurs regularly without other digestive problems and can be distressing. The causes of

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The Health Benefits of Eating More Plants


A plant-based diet is one which consists mostly of plant-based foods including fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and grains. This includes both vegetarian and vegan diets, although other types of eating plans, including pescatarian and traditional Mediterranean diets, may also be considered plant-based. When it comes to your health, research suggests there are many reasons

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What is Lifestyle Medicine?


Chronic and lifestyle-related conditions are a substantial global, national and individual health issue, now responsible for around 70% of deaths worldwide. This includes conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions, chronic musculoskeletal conditions and mental health conditions. While they appear to be quite different in the way they might affect you, many

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Telehealth Explained


Telehealth involves having a consultation with your healthcare provider remotely when you can’t see them in person. You can access telehealth services by phone (either mobile or landline) or a video call (on your computer, tablet or mobile phone). Telehealth has been used for many years for Australians living in rural and remote areas, to