Quitting smoking will be one of the most valuable steps you can take to improve your health. Our doctors are trained to help you quit the habit permanently. Counselling, education, Quit line support quit smoking medications and medical hypnosis are available to help you become a successful non smoker for life. Talk to your doctor today about how we can assist you.
Healthy weight management
If you are carrying some excess weight you are certainly not alone and we are here to help you achieve a healthier weight and waist line. Even a 5% weight reduction can dramatically reduce your risk factors for stroke, diabetes and heart disease. A healthier weight can also lower your cancer risk too.
The focus is always on healthy habits that can be maintained for a lifetime. It may involve increasing your awareness of what you are eating with a food diary, understanding portion size, healthier choices, mindfulness, addressing your alcohol intake and reviewing your opportunities for exercise.
When it comes to patterns of weight gain, it often happens in small amounts However, even little bits can add up. Just gaining one or two kilos a year for 5 years can gradually tip you into a less healthy weight range. It is important to also review the big picture and understand what factors are involved with weight gain. Emotional eating, stress, boredom, alcohol intake, sleep patterns and social events all play a role.
Our weight management approach is based on healthy lifestyle interventions. These include dietary advice, stress management, exercise advice and referral to other health/ allied professionals as needed.
Some patients will also opt for a DEXA scan to measure their body composition. The overall goal is to help you move towards better health. The focus is on achievable healthy goals with regular support and review. Dr Caroline West has a special interest in healthy lifestyle weight management.
Good sleep is one on the anchors for a healthy life. Healthy sleep can help improve mood, boost your immune system, reduce stress, help with concentration and performance and it decreases your risk of heart disease , obesity and diabetes. Yet sleep disorders are on the rise. At any given time, as many as 30 to 50% of people with have trouble sleeping. Modern lifestyles with inactivity, more digital distractions, more caffeine less time to wind down can all rob us of sleep. Obstructive sleep apnoea (where a person stops breathing repeatedly during sleep for at least 10 seconds) also has a major impact on health. At East Sydney Doctors , we are here to help you optimise your sleep. Whether you suffer from sleep apnoea, insomnia due to stress or any other cause, we can help you get a better nights sleep. Sleep studies, counselling , healthy lifestyle and sleep changes and treatments for sleep disorders are available. Talk to one of our doctors for more information.