Edi­tor's Let­ter

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Hello Friends

In this is­sue of Great Health GuideTM, there are sev­eral hard-hit­ting ar­ti­cles about health prob­lems thought of as ‘old peo­ple dis­eases’. Be­cause of that younger peo­ple tend to not worry about them un­til it’s too late. How­ever, with our cur­rent fast paced, highly stressed style of liv­ing with­out due re­gards to our health, these dis­eases are now be­com­ing more com­mon in young peo­ple. With the in­crease in heart dis­ease and stroke around the world, Great Health GuideTM is con­tin­u­ing to bring you two more pow­er­ful ar­ti­cles by Dr War­rick Bishop, a prom­i­nent car­di­ol­o­gist. He dis­cusses why be­ing fit and healthy is no guar­an­tee that the ar­ter­ies in your heart are in good shape. He also de­scribes the in­creased risk as­so­ci­ated with the use of codeine in pa­tients af­ter heart at­tack. A prom­i­nent en­docri­nol­o­gist, Pro­fes­sor Glen Maberly, high­lights the sober­ing facts about the di­a­betes epi­demic in Western Syd­ney, with dis­ease rates higher than the New South Wales (NSW) av­er­age. Peo­ple in Western Syd­ney are liv­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment where the pop­u­la­tion, com­mu­nity, lo­cal econ­omy and built en­vi­ron­ment make it dif­fi­cult for the res­i­dents to en­gage in a healthy life­style. There is an ur­gent need to change the en­vi­ron­ments in which peo­ple live, work and play, to ad­dress the so­cial de­ter­mi­nants of health not only in Western Syd­ney but around the world. Dr David McIn­tosh, Ear, Nose and Throat spe­cial­ist, raises the is­sue of asthma in the work place caused by sec­ond hand smoke, fine dust and ir­ri­ta­tion from clean­ing prod­ucts. It is es­ti­mated that nearly 10% of peo­ple with asthma find that ex­po­sure to their work en­vi­ron­ment makes their asthma worse. This is a hard-hit­ting is­sue of Great Health GuideTM. Please find time to con­sider and to ap­ply some of these prac­ti­cal, lifechang­ing ideas to your life. To your great health. Kathryn x

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