Using medical advice to choose lifestyle changes

Paleo, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, low-carb – so many people are making significant dietary lifestyle changes without a full understanding of the food their body needs to stay healthy now – and in the future.

Dr Sammut said the desire to make dietary changes is often fuelled by body image concerns or as a response to avoid further complications later on from diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, obesity, sleep apnoea and other disorders.

“It is fantastic that people are taking the initiative in doing something about alleviating their symptoms such as eczema, asthma, digestive problems and low-energy and mood,” Dr Sammut said. 

“But it is important to work together with your GP to make sure that the changes you make are not depleting your body of essential nutrients and making your symptoms even worse.”

“Low vitamin and mineral levels, such as iron, in your body can affect your mood, energy level and lead to serious conditions such as osteoporosis and joint issues in the future.” 

“Yes, itʼs important to make positive dietary changes – but not without first having the appropriate tests done to show exactly what your deficiencies are. Otherwise, youʼre just guessing.” Doctors at Active Medical said the same approach should be taken by people wanting to overcome eczema, asthma and chronic digestive problems like diarrhoea and bloating. 

“If you do need to make changes, your GP can support you as well as a dietitian consulting from Active Medical to give you even more expert help.” Dr Sammut said. 

“We can send you for tests that show if you are sensitive to foods including wheat and dairy, and there are diabetic and pre-diabetic tests that show how your body responds to sugar,” 

Active Medical also has Dorevitch Pathology onsite, so if your doctor recommends blood or glucose tests you can organise them straight away. 

Make a booking to speak to your GP about how you think your diet and lifestyle may be affecting your health by phoning Active Medical on 03 9363 0954 or make an online booking. Active Medical is located at 228 – 232 Caroline Spring Blvd, Caroline Springs.