Diabetes, sugar and your health

Diabetes is a worldwide chronic health condition that affects over 400 million people and which has doubled in incidence in those over the age of 18 years. There are two types of diabetes – Type 1 diabetes predominantly affects children and teenagers because their pancreas does not produce insulin where Type 2 diabetes affects adults because their body is unable to use the insulin it produces effectively. Insulin is a hormone in the body, which helps sugar (glucose) to be absorbed by the body’s cells.

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Prescribe me a tracker

Wearable electronic devices are the ‘it’ item in fitness and health. Calorie counter? Step tracker? Sleep monitor? Is there anything these wearables can’t track, measure or count for the every day fitness of an individual? The media is full of ambassadors and athletes preaching their love for these wrist gadgets. So, should we follow them?

 

The modern fitness tracker varies in price, with higher-end devices allowing options such as GPS route tracking,

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Urinary Tract Infections

Have you ever felt like you are passing razor blades when going to the toilet? Or found your urine to be blood stained? Or feel as if no matter how many times you go to the toilet you are unable to completely empty your bladder? You’re not alone.  Both women and men can both suffer from urinary tract infections (UTI) however they are more common in women with one in 2 women compared to one in 20 men contracting a UTI in their lifetime.

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Are you up to date with the latest Food Pyramid changes ?

Nutrition is an integral part of your wellbeing. Check it out to make sure you’re eating the right quantities of the right food.

– eat a diet rich in vegetables, lean meat, fish and chicken
– avoid saturated fats and processed foods
– reduce sugar and salt intake

 

Part of staying well and reducing chronic disease involves eating a varied balanced diet rich in whole foods.

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Nervous about going away? Get peace of mind with My Emergency Dr

In-flight

Almost all travellers have encountered someone with an in-flight medical emergency. When we think about in-flight emergencies, the most dramatic episodes come to mind.  These include heart attack, trauma from falling objects and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) leading to a pulmonary embolism (clot traveling to your lungs).  However, the most common things are somewhat more mundane. A general understanding and approach to them will make flying a bit smoother and less daunting for the hypochondriac in us all.

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Getting Smart With Your Smartphone

According to the experts, approximately 80% of a medical diagnosis is made from taking a ‘medical history’ (essentially talking and dissecting through what’s happened as well as gathering background information)? The examination contributes ~10% to the diagnosis, and investigations a further ~10%. So the main contributor to arriving at a diagnosis is pure conversation; which is why Telemedicine services like ours work, but also why effective communication is key to accurate diagnosis and subsequent management.

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Debating whether or not you should be getting the Flu Shot this season ? Here are 4 good reasons why you should get the flu shot

Everyone has a role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of flu and other diseases. Here’s why you should become a role model for your friends, family and colleagues:

1. The flu can be serious
An average of 2,800 Australians die from influenza and pneumonia every year.
Some people are at greater risk of influenza complications. If you catch flu, apart from feeling dreadful yourself, you risk spreading it to vulnerable people at risk of serious complications.

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My Emergency Dr: What makes us different?

When your loved ones fall sick and your usual GP is unavailable, where do you turn? Do you call an after hours doctor? Do you call an after hours

medical helpline? Do you get the kids in the car and drive to the local Emergency Department or the local after hours medical centre?

Or do you call My Emergency Dr?

People often ask us, ‘What’s the difference between your service and an after hours GP?’

My Emergency Dr (MED) is not an after hours GP service.

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Germ Proof Your Kids! Back to School and the bugs that live there…

So schools have been back for a couple of weeks and routines have been re-established. Sadly those routines get challenged when kids need to take time off school due to illness and working parents often struggle managing the work home commitments. According to the Centre for Disease Control in the USA, primary school children get on average 8-12 cold or flu episodes each year. Teachers and parents commonly call this “ the back to school plague”.

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