Top 6 Chronic Health Conditions UK

Just have a look where allergies is! And check below for my top tips and resources on each condition.

Chronic Health Conditions

Almost half of the UK population reported having a disease or chronic health condition (45.7% of men and 50.1% of women).

The most common health problems by age-standardised percentage rates were:

Allergy of any type (30.4% of men, 36% of women)

Hypertension (19.6% of men, 17.3% of women)

Low back disorder or other chronic back defect (13.9% of men, 16.5% of women)

Depression (12% of men, 17% of women)

High blood lipids (12.4% of men, 11% of women)

Diabetes (8.5% of men, 5.9% of women)

Medscape

Good job I’m focusing the new book on food sensitivity then!

That first sentence, suggesting almost half of the UK adult population reports a chronic health condition, makes me so sad. What is going on? Modern medicine is brilliant at acute medicine, but falls sadly far short when it comes to chronic illness. Thankfully, those of us working in functional medicine (and others, of course) are good at that and are making up the shortfall. But we are not on the NHS. We certainly should be, looking at these stats, shouldn’t we?!

I’ll focus on more of these in the coming months if I can. In the meantime, here are some resources on each one for you:

Allergies

A whole section of the A-Z is devoted to Allergies, there’s my free Allergy 101 here (bit outdated in terms of links now maybe, but the info is still very pertinent), there’s a whole section about gluten and grain illness in the A-Z and tons of TrulyGlutenFree resources here.

Plus, there are several ebooks that might help, including How To Eat Well (wheat and dairy free), the Gluten Plan (grain and dairy free), How To Do An Elimination Diet, the ever-popular Histamine Plan with my clinic protocols in for this confusing illness, the Healing Plan and the Vagus Nerve Factsheet (both crucial for lowering reactivity generally, very often missed!), the Acid & Enzyme Factsheet (because problems with these is the very start of food reactivity usually) and the Adrenal Plan (because if cortisol and SIgA are low, your vulnerability to reactions and having more severe ones is higher). See all of those books here.

Key clinical experience tip: don’t wait until you have several foods giving you problems. If you have one or two, you can stop more chronic food intolerance developing (not allergies or coeliac disease necessarily). If you wait, they will progress (she says from experience!). Book a Stool Chemistries test and get me to look at it. The clues to early issues are usually there and we can catch and reverse them! Long gone are the days where I say just avoid stuff!

High Blood Pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure). Short and sweet but useful factsheet in the A-Z here. Clearly need to do more on this for you.

Key clinical experience tip: wild (so-called Bear’s) garlic has a fantastic history for lowering blood pressure. Collect some locally and make a pesto although leave the cheese out for a healthy-heart version. It’s tough to get a bear garlic supplement (I used to be able to get one, but no more). Any garlic supplement will help though, there’s a good aged black garlic here that works well. Monitor your blood pressure if taking anything; I have seen it come down quite significantly and people needed to lower their meds dosages! Do in conjunction with your health professionals.

Back Pain

Loads of tips and suggestions for you in Muscle & Joint Pain in the A-Z.

Key clinical experience tip: learn about Dr Sarno’s ground-breaking work on back pain. It’s fascinating and may be your key!

Depression

There is a load of useful info, videos, test and product suggestions for you in the Stress, Anxiety and Depression section of the A-Z.

Key clinical experience tip: don’t assume your depression is (just) to do with your thoughts and emotions. Very often it is a neurotransmitter or other imbalance. Test your neurotransmitters and see what is going on, then target it specifically with treatment.

High Blood Lipids

This is probably referring to high cholesterol and triglycerides etc. I’ve written a whole book for you on this, see the Cholesterol Factsheet.

Key clinical experience tip: if on statins, make sure you are taking CoQ10; it depletes this really important mitochondrial and heart nutrient. 200mg a day of an absorbable form.

Diabetes

Again, a subject I really need to do more on. For now, I’ve written my Belly Fat Plan, which – belly or not – is a fab low GL, low allergen diet which has worked wonderfully for helping people control blood sugar. Diabetes is actually one of those conditions I like as it is usually pretty simple to turn someone around before it goes too far. See the Diabetes Factsheet here.

Key clinical experience tip: if diabetes is in your family, get a Pre-Diabetes check as you can head it off if you find changes early on. I wish more people would do this. Sugar is way more of a problem for most than fats.

Hope that whistle-stop tour helps and you find something useful – do pass it on to any friends or family it might help too.

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