Posts: Chronic disease

19 03, 2019

ASLM and the Wilson Foundation partner to deliver evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine guidelines for mental health and chronic disease

By |2019-03-19T13:36:44+10:00March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

The Australasian of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) is delighted to announce their recent partnership with the Wilson Foundation.

Mental illness is an increasing major public health concern. The General Practice: Health of the Nation Report 2018, found that mental health issues remain the most common single reason patients visit their GP and account for […]

30 01, 2019

Reinventing the wheel for chronic disease management

By |2019-03-26T10:40:21+10:00January 30th, 2019|1 Comment

Move more, eat less.

We have all heard it before. These health messages have been widely propagated but have proven to be quite ineffective1. As practitioners, we keep preaching to patients’ things they already know, and then bang our heads against the wall when they haven’t done as we advise. And we wonder […]

29 11, 2018

Are our lack of cooking skills at the root cause of lifestyle diseases?

By |2019-02-21T10:56:09+10:00November 29th, 2018|4 Comments

In my clinical practice and through my interactions with social and occupational groups, I have observed a growing number of people who don’t know how to cook and a decreasing value placed on a good “home cooked” meal. People are often reaching for convenience foods, take aways, frozen meals and pre-packaged foods rather than preparing […]

4 04, 2018

The endothelium and chronic disease

By |2019-02-21T11:12:13+10:00April 4th, 2018|0 Comments

The 0.2-0.3 µm barrier between blood and tissue is where the ‘rubber meets the road’ in Lifestyle Medicine.

The link between lifestyle and chronic disease is now undisputed. But where is the biological connection? We know inactivity, smoking, bad diet etc. all cause heart disease – amongst other nasties. And we know that some risk factors […]

1 06, 2017

World No Tobacco Day

By |2019-02-21T14:57:42+10:00June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.

The World Health Organization (WHO), mark the occasion by “highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption”(1).

This year’s theme “Tobacco – a threat to development” not only emphasises the established impact of tobacco on health, accounting for over […]

27 02, 2017

Media Release: No sugar tax, lack of action on obesity

By |2019-02-27T11:38:20+10:00February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

27 February 2017

Last week the Turnbull government announced that it would not support a sugar tax to tackle obesity stating that, unlike Labor, “we don’t believe increasing the family grocery bill at the supermarket is the answer to this challenge” [1].

Fact check: In Mexico, based on a sugar tax of 10%, […]

21 02, 2017

No more blame game: why we need to rethink what’s behind chronic disease

By |2019-02-27T11:37:52+10:00February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

The government and policy makers often tell the public that lifestyle problems such as obesity, and the diabetes often associated with it, are their fault; just be a bit more virtuous and you won’t get a modern disease. This victim blaming tends to absolve governments, health bodies and big business from any blame for the […]