With our latest news, we want to give you real facts on your hormone health from accurate scientific research. Here are some articles of interest.
Type 1 diabetes and exercise
If you have type 1 diabetes and you really want to know how exercise affects your sugars, read this informative guideline. Keeping your sugars around 5 to 10 gives you the best results from exercise. We would be happy to help you to get the best of health with diabetes and an active life!
Clinical guidelines for subcutaneous injection technique
Please see the latest ADEA guidelines for insulin injections. For example, did you know that only 4mm and 5mm needles are recommended for all patients now? See our friendly diabetes educators if you would like an update of your insulin management.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
If you are suffering vaginal dryness after menopause, consider vaginal estrogen as a safe option. But if you have hot flushes affecting your sleep or mood, you will need more than vaginal estrogen! Discuss with your GP or see one of our endocrinologists about your individual benefits and risks from hormone replacement therapy (HRT). There are new forms of HRT approved in the last twelve months which may be safer for you.
Weight and cancer risks
Did you know that excess weight is a major risk for certain cancers like endometrial, bowel, pancreatic and postmenopausal breast cancer? This is one study amongst many that confirms the link. The latest statistics in Australia show that like the USA, two in three adults are overweight (BMI 25-30) or obese (BMI over 30) and one in four children (aged 2-17) are overweight or obese.
Alcohol and cancer risks
Apologies for spoiling the idea that alcohol is good for you! Alcohol does increase the risk of many common cancers. Did you also know it has a lot of hidden calories? 150mL (non-diet) Coke has 60 calories, the same volume of white wine has 100 calories and yes, 150mL of red wine has the most at 125 calories (523kJ). So cutting your alcohol intake is an easy way to lose weight and will reduce your risk for cancer.
If you have had a fracture without much injury or you have lost height, see your GP to see whether you need treatment for osteoporosis. As we all get older, the risk with falls is breaking our bones. There are treatments to prevent the next fracture. A hip fracture can mean a 25% risk of dying or being in a nursing home within a year. We can put you on the right track for keeping you moving and independent.
The myth of adrenal fatigue
Don’t be told you have “adrenal fatigue” without a clear diagnosis. A label like this can miss the real reason for your symptoms. See your GP first and get the right information before spending money and time on a lot of unproven supplements. We are happy to explain how your hormones work and the safest proven treatments for any hormone problems.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome
“Polycystic ovarian syndrome” (PCOS) is a common diagnosis given to a young woman with acne or irregular periods – but as this article shows, is that diagnosis correct?
The criteria for diagnosis of PCOS are not the same across the world and in these days of better ultrasound techniques, cystic ovaries may occur in up to 80% of healthy young women who don’t have PCOS! We can help you clarify whether you really have PCOS or not. Remember, if treated early, acne, excess hair, risk for diabetes and fertility can all be improved.