Chronic Disease Management Tag

With over half Australian adults and a quarter of Australian children reported as being overweight or living with obesity, the importance of understanding how to exercise appropriately is becoming more and more relevant.   It is well documented that exercise is vital for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), osteoarthritis (OA) and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). We’ve all been told we need to eat well and exercise to live healthier, longer lives but where do we start? Commencing an exercise program for the first...

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions placed around strength training. This may be a result of your stereotypical gym junkie throwing weights around in the gym or the many unfounded reasons why a lot of women and elderly people shy away from lifting weights. This article will share with you some of the benefits of strength training and why it should be a part of everyone’s regular routine.   Firstly strength training does not have to be Olympic lifting, powerlifting or Crossfit type sessions; all great forms of training if done correctly and relevant to your individual goals, but strength training...

The lungs are involved in around 80% of all patients with diffuse scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease that compromises the majority of the internal organs. Pulmonary fibrosis is a type of Interstitial Lung Disease. Lung involvement in all its forms has emerged to be the leading cause of death and disability. The key elements of scleroderma lung disease involve: Inflammation Lung scarring Blood vessel injury   What is interstitial lung disease? Inflammation and scarring of the lung tissue is called interstitial lung disease or ILD. It is often assessed through a stethoscope examination and a pulmonary function test. These detailed tests measure lung volumes,...

Whether it be antibiotics to fight off an infection, supplements for bone health or medication to lower our blood pressure, we all have taken prescribed medication at various times in our lives. We take the medication as our health professional recommends because we want our health issue treated or managed.   There seems to be a supplement or medication available that is the answer for many an ailment or condition but if we were prescribed 30-60 minutes of light to moderate intensity exercise once per day in replace of a dose of medication for the same outcome, which option would we likely...