Dr Zara Quail MBChB (UCT)

Health News

Ask not which diet is best, BUT which diet is best for YOU!

The fact is, all metabolisms are not equal. Each one of us are individuals and our individual bodies will respond to nutrients, protein and carbohydrates in a different way. Each person should work out what nutrients will best support their body type, genetic predispositions and current functioning. Functional Medicine focuses on helping individuals find key clinical imbalances in the body’s physiology and functioning and practitioners help to direct them to the correct nutrition and lifestyle measures to improve their functional health and prevent disease.

mHealth: Improving your health with the help of mobile technology

mHealth (mobile health) has the power to educate people and patients to drive the re-structuring of healthcare and society's infrastructure to re-focus on the MAINTAINing WELL-BEING through healthy lifestyle choices, which in turn will lower the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and their burden on the currently failing "disease care" system. Healthcare and technology providers need to make that mental paradigm shift, AND BE EXAMPLES of HEALTHY LIVING to others for this to succeed.

Happy International Day of Happiness

Happy International Day of Happiness on the 20th March 2013, when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that "Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness.”

Happy International Women’s Day

Are You in your Breast Health?

Focus on your lifestyle factors

All the factors you need to consider for a balanced, healthy life: feel, love, eat, play, sleep, pray, laugh, relax, create and live!

Do you know your key health factors?

How's your health? Do you know your key health factors that will help you make wise healthy lifestyle plans?

These include weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and HIV status.

Happy Silly Season All, Hahaha!

Happy Silly Season All! As relaxation time starts, remember laughter is great cardio & a stress buster. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEfjVnYkqM

Happy World Diabetes Day, NOT! (But there is hope!)

The 14th of November is World Diabetes Day. According to the WHO, more than “346 million people worldwide have diabetes”. Estimates predict that this number is “likely to more than double by 2030”. Nearly 80% of deaths due to diabetes are in low- and middle-income countries like South Africa and India.

Have you eaten your broccoli and brussel sprouts today? They may help reduce your risk of cancer.

​Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale eaten regularly (preferably daily) may help reduce the risk of certain cancers as shown by recent publications from scientists in China and Europe.

Get your move on! Just sitting around could get you in trouble.

​Spending more time sitting (engaging in sedentary behaviour) could increase your risk of developing cardiometabolic syndrome, which in turn could increase your risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. That’s a good enough reason to go out and play everyday!

Mental stress affects cardiovascular risk: Try laughing to reduce your risk

The affects of chronic mental stress can potentially contribute to heart disease by causing dysfunction of the inner lining of the arteries (endothelium). Some of the best prevention includes hearty laughter, humour, and lifestyle modification. So the moral of the story, find ways to de-stress, and laugh more for a healthier, happier life.