Heart Disease is the biggest killer of Women

Knowing the symptoms of heart attack may just save your life. In this video Dr John and the panel discuss how the symptoms of heart attack in women can be different to men. For women this may include pain and pressure in the chest, neck, arm, jaw, shortness of breath, dizziness and a cold sweat.

Women don’t always feel the classic chest pain men often feel. Instead women may feel breathless, and have nausea, back pain, tightness or discomfort in the arms and a general feeling of being unwell.

Women often wait too long to seek help because they think they are not at risk of heart attack. As we age it is important to speak to your GP and get a heart health assessment.

For more information on this topic, go to the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health website.

What makes a meal Diabetes friendly?

What to Eat is an online Diabetes friendly meal plan that is partnered with Diabetes NSW and ACT. It takes the guess work out of knowing what to eat. It helps you achieve optimal weight. It offers people with pre-diabetes and other many obesity related diseases a 12 week program to better health. It also offers people a skill for life, as it allows them to better understand what are Diabetes friendly meals.

To learn more about the program go to the What 2 Eat website. As always speak to your GP before commencing any nutrition health and weight loss program to make sure it is suitable for you.

Andre’s life and death struggle

Andre The Giant

Warning: this story contains some confronting materialAustralia’s heaviest man has been ‘addicted to food’ his entire life. But as our guest reporter Dr John D’Arcy discovers, he’s risking everything with a world-first operation

Posted by The Project on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Andre Nasr is the heaviest patient to ever undergo dramatic weight loss surgery. Almost immobile, he hopes the weight loss will bring him down to 118kg — a staggering 350kg lighter than his top weight.

Speaking to Dr John D’Arcy, Andre Nasr understood that he could die from the procedure, with a one in 10 chance of not pulling through.

“I told the surgeon I’d be happy with 50/50 [survival rate],” Mr Nasr said.

Mr Nasr’s wife, Natasha, who has tried to change his eating habits for years, said food for her husband is like a drug.

Don’t put up with Hearing Loss

Dr John speaks about the unexpected impacts that hearing impairment has for people. He talks about his own experiences after an accident that left him with no hearing in one ear and reduced hearing in his other. 60% of people over 60 years of age have a hearing impairment and this just grows and grows as we age. But for men the situation is worse. Typically men are exposed to more sound damage and Dr John John makes the point that noise destroys.

For many years Dr John got by with the help of some useful tips – telling people that he was hearing impaired and sitting in the right spot to maximise his chances of hearing what was been said. However, there comes a time when he needed more help.

His first hearing aid radically reduced the fatigue of listening and this is the case for everyone with a hearing impairment. Dr John said that the hearing aid made a huge difference for him – not just in his personal life but also in his professional life. He has a message for men and he urges them to do something about their hearing loss. The evidence is clear that as men’s hearing diminished so does their level of social interactions. This leads to some really significant problems with regards to social isolation and depression.

Dr John’s recommendation is to make use of the National Hearing network and get a free hearing check today.

For more information go to the Australian Hearing website – They provide world leading research and hearing services for the wellbeing of all Australians – they are all about working with you to get the most out of everything hearing related.

190,000 Australians misuse their Medicines – Be Medicinewise!

Listen in to this video launch of MedicineWise Awareness Week. Dr John speaks about the importance of using medicines as prescribed. Some of his tips include:

  • Cleaning our your medical cabinet of old medications
  • Keeping an up-to-date medicines list
  • Keep an eye on the expiry date
  • Realise that accidents do happen – know about possible interactions and ingredients

Antibiotic Awareness

Watch Dr John speaking at the launch of the NPS MedicineWise Antibiotic Awareness Week.