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Chronic Disease, the Silent Pandemic.

We are in the midst of a global pandemic, but no I am not referring to the one you might be thinking of. While COVID-19 has infiltrated every aspect of our lives and is responsible for more than 45,000 UK deaths, we are also facing a silent pandemic of lifestyle-related chronic disease that rarely makes the news but is responsible for 2.6 million deaths every year across the UK and Wales.

Whilst we don’t have a vaccine and a cure for COVID19, we do have a cure for the pandemic of lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and I believe we don’t talk enough about this simple cost-effective and life-saving cure. Optimal lifestyle and nutrition advice could prevent most of the 89% of UK deaths, and it could relieve 40% of the burden on the NHS. …


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The number of people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is rising rapidly, according to new research. (The Lancet, 2019)

IBD is an umbrella term for chronic conditions involving inflammation of the gut, which can cause physical damage to it. The most common conditions are ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and non-specific colitis.

Prevalence of IBD is expected to grow by almost a quarter by 2025, and sufferers are at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer. (Sandwell and West Birmingham hospitals NHS, 2017).

Up to 10% of Emergency Department visits are due to abdominal problems and Joan is one of the many patients I saw who re-presents to ED with ongoing excruciating abdominal pains. She is doubled up on the examination couch, with her teeth clenched and her eyes red from crying all day. …


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From 3 April to 3 May 2020, 5.0% of people said they feel lonely “often or always”, around 2.6 million people across Great Britain. Throughout this release, we refer to this group as “chronically lonely”. (ONS, 2020)

Before the pandemic started, we had our regular patients in A&E who came in to catch a break from their chronic loneliness. They would come with different symptoms each time, to have a bit of a company.

“Hey, doc, my chest hurts, and I feel so sick for the last few days.” …

About

I am an A&E Dr. who is aiming to bring health back into our sick care by focusing on prevention and reversal of chronic diseases. www.thinklifestyle.uk

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