Virtual Medical
Issue 109 | Tuesday 15 November 2011

Message from the VMC Medical Spokesperson

Dr Joe Kosterich



Dr Joe

Welcome to this edition of Health eNews!

Type 2 diabetes generally occurs later in life and results from your body not recognising insulin which makes it hard to control blood sugar levels. While we think of type 2 diabetes as a disease in its own right, it can also be thought of as a symptom of an unhealthy lifestyle. Obesity in particular is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes and these two conditions share many of the same risk factors.  This is good news because it means that with a few changes to how you live you can reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. At the same time this healthier lifestyle will help to get your weight under control and make you less likely to suffer from other related conditions such as erectile dysfunction, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure.  So read on to learn about diabetes and what you can do to prevent or treat it.

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Yours in good health,

Dr Joe Kosterich

Take it off, keep it off!

article image Why obese people regain weight after dieting
Worldwide, there are more than 1.5 billion overweight adults, including 400 million who are obese. In Australia, it is estimated more than 50 per cent of women and 60 per cent of men are either overweight or obese.....
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Testosterone and aging in men

article image Testosterone helps maintain muscle mass in aging men
A recent study found that higher levels of testosterone were associated with reduced loss of lean muscle mass in older men, especially in those who were losing weight. In these men, higher testosterone levels.....
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Good news for health consumers

article image Choosing a private health fund made easy
The growing number of Australians covered by private health insurance will find it easier to make informed choices about their level of cover with handy new tools available on from November 9th.....
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Boosting outdoor time to stop nearsightedness?

article image Get kids outside to prevent nearsightedness
A new analysis of recent eye health studies shows that more time spent outdoors is related to reduced rates of nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in children and adolescents....
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Dental health in children

article image Tiny teeth in tatters
The tiny teeth of some of our toddlers are rotting and dental researchers at the University of Sydney are poised to start the second phase of a long-term study to find out why....
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Putting your foot in it

article image Shoes can make a difference to knee pain
Researchers at the University of Melbourne have proven that a modified shoe can reduce knee load in people with knee osteoarthritis....
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Preventing obesity

article image Protein key to curbing overeating
Including enough protein in our diets, rather than simply cutting calories, is the key to curbing appetites and preventing excessive consumption of fats and carbohydrates, a new study....
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Importance of mammograms

article image Mammograms vital for cancer survivors
Women with a history of breast cancer should be included in population mammography screening programs, according to new evidence published in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia....
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The support of the following commercial entities is gratefully acknowledged:

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Lentil Burgers

Makes 20 burger patties


  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 2 large onions, finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 large red capsicum, diced
  • 1 small (500 g) butternut pumpkin, diced into large chunks
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp kasmiri korma spice mix
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Add olive oil to a non-stick fry pan. Cook onion until lightly coloured.

2. Add carrot, capsicum and pumpkin, and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown.

3. Add spice mix and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a further 2 minutes

4. Add lentils and 1 cup of stock. Stir well to ensure the mixture doesn't stick. Lower heat and simmer, gradually adding another cup of stock.

5. Simmer for 15 minutes or until lentils and pumpkin are soft. Add extra stock if required. The mixture needs to be moist but not too runny.

6. Roll the mixture into patty shapes. You can serve them as is or dry bake them for 10 minutes for a crispy outer.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Difficulty rating: Easy

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

"What do you do?" a young man asked the beautiful girl he was dancing with.
"Iím a nurse."
"I wish I could be ill and let you nurse me," he whispered in her ear.
"That would be miraculous. I work on the maternity ward."

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