The Truth about most Illnesses, diet and lifestyle


Illness and its link to Diet and Lifestyle

The World Heath Organization published that some 80 year old’s have the physical and mental capabilities of 20 year old’s. This backs up the argument that Ageing is related to lifestyle factors .

In 2023 Heart disease was still the Number 1 cause of death in Australia;



It’s been well established that incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet is beneficial for your overall health (and the health of the planet too!).

New research further suggests that the time of day at which you replace meat portions with plants makes a substantial difference; specifically, a new study’s found that sticking to a plant-based diet at dinner can reduce your risk of heart disease by 10 percent.

The research, which was recently published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, examined data from 27,911 U.S. adults, and discovered that those who ate plant-based meals at dinner had a significantly lower risk of heart disease when compared to those who ate refined carbs and meat in the evenings. This was true even if those who abstained from meat and refined carbs at night ate them at other times of day.

Australian health facts

A study found the top five risk factors associated with highest number of deaths in Australia in 2019 were:

  1. High blood pressure (25,500 deaths)
  2. Dietary risks (21,600 deaths)
  3. Tobacco use (20,100 deaths)
  4. High body-mass index (18,700 deaths)
  5.  High fasting plasma glucose, which indicates diabetes (17,700 deaths).

The same risk factors were associated with reduced healthy years of life.

The 30-year study included data to 2019, so the impacts of Covid-19 were not seen. But it warns that the impact of global pandemics will be exacerbated by poor underlying population health in many countries, where a rise in disease has seen life expectancy gains slowing.

A senior author of the study and an epidemiologist from the University of Melbourne, Prof Alan Lopez, said while Australia had been “remarkably successful” in controlling Covid-19 cases and especially deaths despite Victoria’s second wave, it had been much less successful in curbing obesity and risks associated with poor diet. As a result, Australia’s long-term decline in cardiovascular disease had stalled, he said.

“Australian life expectancy has not increased in the past five years,” Lopez said.

“While the immediate global public health priority is understandably the rapid control of the Covid-19 pandemic, these findings about the state of the world’s health are a wake-up call that large, avoidable causes of health loss such as smoking, alcohol, obesity and poor blood pressure and cholesterol control continue to claim millions of lives prematurely each year.”

“Of even greater concern is that the impact of this risk factor ‘cocktail’ of smoking, poor diet and inadequate control of blood pressure and other metabolic factors is increasing in many countries, including Australia, as evidenced by the stagnation in life expectancy over the past five years.”

Ischaemic heart disease was the leading cause of years spent living with disability in Australia in 2019.

The next level of health issues in order were;

  • Lower back pain
  • Falls
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Depressive disorders

Leading causes of death for Australians in 2018 for males and females of all ages combined were;

1.Coronary heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia

2. Dementia including Alzheimer disease.

3.Cerebrovascular disease (which includes stroke)

4.Lung cancer

5.Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


In 2018 Australia’s health and its diseases where linked to poor lifestyle habits again . The 5 leading causes of death :

  1. Coronary heart disease
  2. Dementia and Alzheimer disease
  3. Cerebrovascular disease
  4. Lung cancer
  5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

In 2017/18 the estimate was that 67 percent of Australians over the age of 18 where over weight or obese. 75 percent of men and 60 percent of Women.

A recent American study states that people who ate plant based meals for dinner had a lower heart disease risk. Those who ate meat and refined carbohydrates at this time had a higher risk. If meat and refined carbohydrates where eaten in the day no negative effects were evident. Your risk can be reduced by up to 10 percent if you follow these guidelines.

I love this Video Its from 2006 on the worlds killer diet,  still incredibly relevant to the new research. Please watch it!


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Cassandra Austin

Kitchen Coaching, Nutrition and Selfcare

A Corporate Chef with extra qualifications in< Diet and Nutrition, Food and Wellness, Food Psychology, Kitchen Medicine Vocational education trainer in Commercial Cookery, Dip Hospitality Management  & Business



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