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Hot Flushes: A Journey Through VMS Miniseries (Part 1)

Under the Surface: The Pathophysiology of Vasomotor Symptoms
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Hot Flushes: A Journey Through VMS Miniseries (Part 1).

Menopause occurs at a time in a woman’s life when she’s often still actively engaged in raising children, as well as having responsibility for supporting ageing parents and handling a full-time job. Approximately 75% of women experience symptoms during perimenopause and after menopause, with 25% experiencing moderate to severe symptoms affecting their quality of life.

Vasomotor symptoms (VMS) are characterised by hot flushes and night sweats, and are a hallmark symptom of menopause. VMS constitute a substantial burden to many women due to their ability to disrupt daily activities, negatively impact sleep and mood, and decrease overall quality of life.

In the first interview in this miniseries, we talk about the pathophysiology of VMS and the significant impact this can have on women’s lives.

More to come soon!

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Guest Experts

  • Dr Jane Elliott

    Dr Jane Elliott

    GP specialising in menopause, Adelaide.


Migraine: The Simple Steps
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Migraine is more than just a headache. Anyone who has suffered a migraine knows that it can be debilitating and lead to significant loss of time from everyday activities and work.

Acute migraine makes up the bulk of headache sufferers that regularly present to their doctor. Although migraine is the leading cause of disability in people under 50 years old, patients are generally undertreated.

Most patients with migraine are undiagnosed, and two-thirds are never prescribed acute medicines like triptans.

Given that patients seeking assistance with migraine most often present to their GPs, we have a pivotal role to play in the diagnosis and treatment process.

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Guest Experts

  • Dr Bronwyn Jenkins

    Dr Bronwyn Jenkins

    Neurologist, and President of the Australian and New Zealand.


Menopause Miniseries (Part 5)

Perimenopause: Is Contraception Still a Must?
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Menopause Miniseries (Part 5).

Perimenopausal patients present with vasomotor, psychological, and urological symptoms, as well as disturbance of their bleeding pattern.

Pregnancy risk is not always something they are aware of, and consequently can sometimes be overlooked, but these women can get pregnant, and contraception needs to be a part of the perimenopausal consultation.

So, what should that consult look like, and how do we present the options to our patients?

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Guest Experts

  • Dr Terri Foran

    Dr Terri Foran

    Sexual Health Physician and Menopause Specialist, the Menopause Hub, the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney.


FULL GP EDITION 159
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This audio file contains all 8 interviews in this edition.

  • Track 1: The Baker – Lipid Series (Part 2): LDL Cholesterol; Lower, Earlier, Longer.
  • Track 2: Let’s Talk Muscle Health Miniseries (Part 1): Who are the 1 in 3 Patients in Your Waiting Room?
  • Track 3: Dietary Challenges in T2D Miniseries (Part 1): Setting Patients up for Success!
  • Track 4: Dietary Challenges in T2D Miniseries (Part 2): When Diet Just Isn’t Enough – A Consensus on What to do Next.
  • Track 5: Key Micronutrients Miniseries (Part 4): The Impacts of Calcium & Vitamin D Deficiency are Preventable.
  • Track 6: Angioedema – There May be More Going On.
  • Track 7: Tackling Hypertension Head-On Miniseries (Part 3): Hypertension Starts and Ends with Proper Measurement.
  • Track 8: Tackling Hypertension Head-On Miniseries (Part 4): Novel Lifestyle Approaches to Lowering BP – Small Changes, Big Impacts.

To view reference lists or product information please go to the individual interviews.

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Professor Alta Schutte

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, the University of New South Wales, Professorial Fellow, the George Institute for Global Health, and Co-Chair of the National Hypertension Taskforce of Australia.

Dr Anita Sharma

GP, Platinum Medical Centre, Chermside, Brisbane.

Guest Experts

  • Associate Professor. Adam Nelson

    Associate Professor. Adam Nelson

    Interventional and General Cardiologist.

  • Professor Solomon Yu

    Professor Solomon Yu

    Geriatrician, President of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research, Adelaide.

  • Professor Grant Brinkworth

    Professor Grant Brinkworth

    Director of Research at Diabetes Australia.

  • Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos

    Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos

    CEO of Australian Diabetes Society.

  • Professor Craig Munns

    Professor Craig Munns

    Professor of Paediatrics, Director, The Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland.

  • Professor Michaela Lucas

    Professor Michaela Lucas

    Clinical Immunologist/Immunopathologist, Perth, Western Australia.

  • Professor George Stergiou

    Professor George Stergiou

    Professor of Medicine and Hypertension, Athens University, Greece,

  • Professor James Sharman

    Professor James Sharman

    Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Hobart.

  • Professor Bruce Neal

    Professor Bruce Neal

    Executive Director, the George Institute for Global Health, and Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney.

  • Associate Professor Francine Marques

    Associate Professor Francine Marques

    Associate Professor of Genomics, Monash University in Melbourne.


Dietary Challenges in T2D Miniseries (Part 2)

When Diet Just Isn’t Enough – A Consensus On What To Do Next
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Welcome to part-2 of our miniseries, Dietary Challenges in Type 2 Diabetes.

Whilst a healthy diet based on wholefoods is recommended in the management of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), less than half of individuals with T2D are able to adhere to dietary recommendations.

Diabetes Specific Nutritional Formulas (DSNFs) can be used when adherence to a healthy diet is not always possible, and there is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of DSNFs for improving blood glucose levels, HbA1c, glycaemic variability, and other health benefits in patients with T2D.

In this interview we talk through a soon to be published Consensus Statement on ‘The Use of Diabetes Specific Nutritional Formulas in Type 2 Diabetes’.

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Guest Experts

  • Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos

    Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos

    CEO of the Australian Diabetes Society.


Dietary Challenges in T2D Miniseries (Part 1)

Setting Patients up for Success!
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Welcome to part-1 of our miniseries, Dietary Challenges in Type 2 Diabetes.

Improving dietary behaviour is a cornerstone in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes (T2D), but for many it can be a significant challenge.

Unsurprisingly, when people are first diagnosed with diabetes, adherence to dietary recommendations is at an all-time high. But over time, dietary adherence drops off, and research suggests that less than half of people continue with dietary recommendations for diabetes.

In this interview we discuss the hurdles to dietary adherence in T2D and how to overcome them.

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Guest Experts

  • Professor Grant Brinkworth

    Professor Grant Brinkworth

    Director of Research at Diabetes Australia.


Tackling Hypertension Head-On Miniseries (Part 4)

Novel lifestyle approaches to lowering BP – Small changes, big impacts.
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Welcome to Part 4 of our miniseries ‘Tackling Hypertension Head-On’.

We are all aware of the traditional lifestyle recommendations in clinical guidelines, such as changing to a healthy diet, or doing more exercise, losing weight, and so on. We also know that patients often don’t want to increase their medication, but on the other hand find lifestyle changes hard.

So, are there some easy recommendations that we can make to our patients that can actually make a big difference?

In this interview we discuss the latest evidence for potassium-enriched salts and fibre in lowering blood pressure.

Host

Professor Alta Schutte

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, the University of New South Wales, Professorial Fellow, the George Institute for Global Health, and Co-Chair of the National Hypertension Taskforce of Australia.

Guest Experts

  •  Professor Bruce Neal

    Professor Bruce Neal

    Executive Director, the George Institute for Global Health, and Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney.

  • Associate Professor Francine Marques

    Associate Professor Francine Marques

    Associate Professor of Genomics, Monash University in Melbourne.


Let’s Talk Muscle Health Miniseries (Part 1)

Who are the 1 in 3 patients in your waiting room?
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Part 1 of a miniseries covering muscle health: Up to one in three patients sitting in your waiting room may be at risk of a low muscle mass. Low muscle mass is associated with physical impairment or disability, increased risk of falls, hospitalisation, poorer quality of life, and shorter survival. The good news is that early intervention with simple preventative measures such as increased physical activity and oral nutritional supplements can improve patient outcomes. A key challenge for GPs however is identifying patients with low muscle mass who need that intervention.

This is the first interview in a three-part series on muscle loss and opportunities to prevent the progression to frailty. This interview will focus on the red-flag signs of muscle loss that GPs should be on the lookout for.

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Guest Experts

  • Associate Professor Solomon Yu

    Associate Professor Solomon Yu

    Geriatrician, President of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research, Adelaide.


Angioedema – There may be more going on?
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Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare disabling disorder that is a non-allergic form of angioedema. It is characterized by recurrent episodes of swelling in various parts of the body, including the hands, feet, airways, and face. HAE is associated with a poor quality of life for patients and can lead to depression and anxiety. However, there is good news. There are long-term prophylaxis treatments available that can significantly improve the quality of life for patients with this condition. The challenge for general practitioners (GPs) is that the diagnosis of HAE is often delayed for over 10 years. Therefore, it is critical for GPs to be aware of some key indicators to promptly identify and refer patients for appropriate care.

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Guest Experts

  • Professor Michaela Lucas

    Professor Michaela Lucas

    Clinical Immunologist/Immunopathologist, Perth, Western Australia.


Key Micronutrients Miniseries (Part 4)

The impacts of calcium & vitamin D deficiency are preventable
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Miniseries: Micronutrients during the first 1000 days of a child’s life, from conception through the first two years. Part 4: Both vitamin D and calcium play important roles in the body, but are your patients aware of their significance in supporting rapid growth and development during pregnancy? Unfortunately, both vitamin D and calcium deficiency are common during pregnancy, so it is important to talk to women about this. In fact, up to one-third of pregnant Australian women have insufficient vitamin D levels, and only 2 in 5 pregnant Australian women have been shown to meet the recommended daily calcium intake.

Host

Dr Ginni Mansberg

GP, Author, Podcaster, Presenter.

Guest Experts

  • Professor Craig Munns

    Professor Craig Munns

    Professor of Paediatrics, Director, The Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland.


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