Chronic disease management

Chronic degenerative diseases are those diseases that progress over time. In Australia and worldwide, the list of chronic degenerative disease includes, but is not limited to, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis.


Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia with 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women being diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85 years. The commonest cancers in Australia are prostate, colorectal, breast, melanoma and lung cancer.
Screening for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers is recommended and it is important to have regular discussions with your preferred practitioner with regards to these.


Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. It is caused by being overweight, using alcohol, high dietary salt intake and physical inactivity. In a 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey, almost one third of Australian adults had hypertension, with men being more commonly affected than women.


Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia where about 280 people are diagnosed daily. Risk factors include obesity, physical inactivity and family history. Complications of diabetes include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss and amputations due to damage to nerves and blood vessels.

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australia with 1 Australian dying every 12 minutes from it. Risk factors include diabetes, leading a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, alcohol use, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Lifestyle management to prevent progression of disease

Important and effective protective measures to slow down the progress of chronic degenerative diseases include:

  • Leading a healthy lifestyle through a well balanced diet
  • incorporating 2 serves of fresh fruits and 5 serves of vegetables daily
  • legumes, nuts and seeds
  • reduce intake of saturated fats- mainly found in animal products and baked goods
  • use cooking methods such as grilling, steaming and poaching
  • oats, wholegrain breads and muesli are beneficial
  • low salt diet if hypertensive
  • avoid caffeine and sugar
  • drinking 2 litres of water daily unless restricted by your practitioner for medical reasons
  • seeing a nutritionist/dietician or integrative medical doctor would be beneficial
  • Exercise including yoga
  • Meditation and relaxation
  • Avoidance of smoking and decreasing alcohol consumption
  • Stress management – a referral to a psychologist or personal life coaching, integrative medical doctor would be beneficial
  • Chronic degenerative disease can be emotionally challenging and referral to a psychologist for support may be considered
  • Appropriate nutrition during times of high stress especially patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, surgery or radiotherapy
  • Regular review and follow up by your practitioner is advised to monitor any progression of disease, or preventative intervention.

    At Sivanna Health we have a team of practitioners who work to gether using the Integrative Medical Doctor, a Naturopath and Nutritionist along with a Life Coach who also provides sessions on meditation, Yoga therapy and Breath work.