Social isolation is now increasingly recognised as a risk factor for premature death, like the time when obesity was recognised as a risk factor for premature death decades ago.
This week Dr Ferghal and Dr Saveena explore some of the health implications of social isolation.
1 in 3 Australians have experienced loneliness at some stage in their lives and it is rather alarming to know that prolonged loneliness has detrimental effects on our health.
We are creatures of social beings, and we thrive on social connectivity. Despite social media’s ability to connect us all virtually, the pandemic of loneliness is booming. This lies in the effect that virtual connectivity is not the same as physical connectivity.
This week Dr Ferghal and I explore one of the most common addictive habits known to mankind – smoking. Back in the 50s-60s, smoking was considered the epitome of fashion and glamour. It was around then too when they started discovering the ill effects of smoking due to the various carcinogenic components, tar and carbon monoxide found in cigarettes.
The concept of fasting is not new to many especially if we look at the various cultures and religions around the world e.g., Muslims fast during Ramadan, or the various fasts practiced by Hindus and Buddhists. Even Greek philosophers such as Hippocrates and Aristotle have prescribed fasting for various ailments. This week, we look at how and why intermittent fasting works.
Many people tend to subscribe to the famous “Low Carb High Fat” diet and others swear by it but a pertinent question to ask is whether these individuals do it well or if they are successful? Can the diet really improve diabetes control?
Dr Ferghal and I explore the famous DASH diet.
This diet was developed in the 90s looking at the effects of a diet high in Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium and low Sodium levels on blood pressure. This ultimately translates to eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables with small amounts saturated and dietary fat.
“A diet as good as the famous statins?”
This week, Dr Ferghal and I explore the ‘Portfolio Diet’; known for its effectiveness in lowering LDL i.e. ‘bad cholesterol’. This diet is said to be as effective as Lovastatin, which is a cholesterol lowering medication!
Dr Saveena talks about the tools to use when choosing a diet and what a weight loss plateau is.
Over the upcoming episodes, we will be reviewing the various diets that are out there from a medical perspective.
This episode is to introduce how beneficial diets can be to our lives when chosen correctly.
Many of us are time poor due to the various responsibilities and pressures we face these days. As a result, despite the awareness that exercise is tremendously beneficial for our health, it seems to be put on the backburner more often than not. This is the reality most of us face but, there is a possible way out of this- the 4 minute Tabata style workout.