Bodybuilding Doctor Talks Health & Fitness

similar with nutrition and diet and
exercise help help yourself do these simple things that you don’t need a GP
to give you something for and you’re gonna see the results my name is Dr. Omar Iqbal I’m a local general practitioner which means that I’m not
affiliated to one practice and I work all over the south of the country and I
have a keen interest in bodybuilding and that stemmed from an injury I sustained
about 12 years ago i’d say not a great deal food medical
course I mean there was a few there are a few lectures possibly a few tutorials
centered around nutrition but I wouldn’t say it was weighted at all to that
really and even now in general practice I don’t think we spend enough time with
our patients talking about nutrition it’s just the repetitive nature of what
I see and that’s what I see is that prescription seeking behavior give me
something that’s going to help me lose weight the easy option the reality of
this is that it’s difficult I always say that to my patients losing weight
dieting is difficult the more enjoyable we can make it the easier it’s going to
be but it’s still going to be difficult because if the patient can help
themselves to confine that sort of motivation to sort of make make sure
that their diets clean and balanced and healthy they’re doing regular exercise
that’s where there is also going to come no drug is ever going to come out in my
opinion ever going to come out there’s going to beat that it might experience the majority of the
time the patient wants something that’s gonna do this for them they want they’ve
coming to you for you to do this for them there’s a goon was liking it too
one of the most common things we see in general practice which is an upper
respiratory tract infection or a common cold or sore throat or something like
that the amount of patients I have coming in wanting antibiotics they’re
not seeing the the bigger picture in the fact that they can help themselves
conservative measures let your body fight it off
similar with nutrition and diet and exercise help help yourself do these
simple things that you don’t need a GP to give you something for and you’re
going to see the results and I’m gonna say again you know this is moving very
honest GPS I think with the time pressures and the other pressures
they’re under I probably partly to blame for that as well just giving giving a
prescription getting the patient out the door so I can move on sitting and
talking to a patient about their diet their lifestyle the exercise levels that
takes time and time something we don’t have you know I do know you’re number one I’d
know if we had more time if we had more I mean whether this is feasible I don’t
think so but if we had more time had that extra sort of five minutes just to
have a chat about the patient and their lifestyle what’s their diet like were
there sort of physical activities like day to day how much what is there an
energy expenditure sit down and make a little bit of a plan with them I think
that would be of tremendous benefit of absolutely anxiety in depression I
probably say the two most common things that I see so I have 18 patients I would
hazard a guess at least four or five will be mental health there’s a common
feature in all my clinics and that’s why I think it’s so important about
lifestyle medicine and diet and exercise that the beneficial effect effects it
can have on on mental health that brings on to something else we guys to mental
health as well is giving them a prescription here’s an antidepressant
take this go away and you’ll get better doesn’t do they help evidence suggest
yes but I certainly think we need adjuncts with that and those are the
addressing here your lifestyle and your diet you hobbies exercise those are
things that always feel just sort of take a back seat and it comes down to
again there’s the prescription come on was probably happy – how do i
how do I lose weight i want to lose weight – tell me how to do it and
unfortunately you know i spoken to my colleagues about this as well and the
underlying response it from patients is that it well they want something easy
they want something that I can go go and do and this is going to happen overnight
and unfortunate that’s just not the case and I think that’s why we should we
struggle as GPS to to engage patients in doing res curricular physical activity
dieting to lose weight and it’s the failure to establish those healthy
relationships with with food and exercise which is a big factor in I
think why we we struggle to to get our patients to lose weight question of how’d you have the time to
do that how’d you have the time to go and train
and focus on sort of how you look and you diet when you’re in such a stressful
demanding job that takes up so much of your time I can ask that so much my
colleagues by patients by staff at the GP surgeries and macomb answers usually
always the same is that the fact that the training is my hobby and I enjoy
training if I didn’t enjoy it I don’t think I’d be in this position and that’s
why it’s so important to try and make exercise enjoyable for patients and in
any way we can okay because if it’s seen as a chore which I think it often is
it’s not going to be it’s going to possibly done for a short period of time
and then the boy is going to fizzle out and some can be sustainable we have to
find a way to make it enjoyable for the patient develop a healthy relationship
with exercise and exactly the same with diet being I’m gonna stay in South Wales as a
local GP the stability of the NHS is a little bit of a problem at the moment so
I can’t see myself committing to any sort of long term practices which I do
want to do eventually and go into a partnership so that would mean I’m
basically essentially a business partner in a GP practice and I’ll be able to
develop that continuity of care with patients follow them up and that sort of
lifestyle sort of side of medicine will become much easy because I’ll be able to
almost track my patients probably that’s that’s the dream but you know as I say
short-term I can’t see it happening with with how things are in the NHS but
that’s something that’s what I ultimately like to do


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