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Arthritis and diet - Better Health Channel

There is no scientific evidence that a special diet will cure any form of arthritis, or that specific foods have an effect on your arthritis, except in the case of gout. However some conditions may be helped by dietary changes.


Cancer and food - Better Health Channel

Diet can influence some cancers. Cancers of the stomach, bowel, lung, prostate and uterus are more likely to develop if your diet is high in fat and low in fruit, vegetables and fibre. There is no evidence that specific foods can cause or cure cancer.


Crohn's and colitis - dietary considerations - Better Health Channel

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Making certain dietary adjustments, after consultation with your doctor, can help manage some of the symptoms of IBD. There is no evidence to suggest that diet plays a part in the development of IBD.


Cholesterol - Better Health Channel

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is essential for many metabolic processes. There are two types of cholesterol. HDL is the 'good' cholesterol and LDL is the 'bad' cholesterol. Eating foods rich in saturated fats will increase the amount of LDL cholesterol in the body, which is a risk factor in coronary heart disease.


Diabetes and healthy eating - Better Health Channel

Diabetes management should include healthy eating, regular physical activity and weight control. People with diabetes should follow a healthy eating plan based on a diet of high fibre carbohydrate foods - wholegrain breads and cereals, vegetables and fruit - and reduce their intake of fat. The glycaemic index (GI) can be helpful in blood glucose management.


Diverticulosis and diverticulitis - Better Health Channel

Diverticulosis is the formation of abnormal pouches in the bowel wall, while diverticulitis is inflammation or infection of these pouches. These conditions are known as diverticular disease. Diverticulosis is common and frequently causes no symptoms. Diverticulitis may be painful and disabling and is often a medical emergency.


Food allergy and intolerance - Better Health Channel

Food allergy is an immune response, while food intolerance is a chemical reaction. Symptoms of food allergy include wheezing, stomach upsets and skin rashes. Symptoms of food intolerance are similar to food allergy, but can be associated with conditions including asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some food allergens include nuts, shellfish, milk, egg and soy products. Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock is an extreme allergic reaction and can be life threatening.


Gluten free diet - Better Health Channel

Coeliac disease can be managed by sticking to a strict gluten-free diet. A person with coeliac disease can still enjoy a varied diet if they fully understand the gluten-free diet. Foods to avoid include bread, batter, baked goods, pasta, meat products containing gluten, and beer. It is important to consult with a dietitian with experience in coeliac disease.


Gluten-free alternatives - Better Health Channel

A gluten-free diet is the only treatment for a person with coeliac disease. A gluten-free diet bans wheat, rye, barley and oat-based products. Alternative grains for a person with coeliac disease include amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, chestnut flour, cornflour from maize, cornmeal, millet meal, polenta, potato flour, rice, sago, quinoa, sorghum, soy flour and tapioca.


Huntington's disease - diet issues - Better Health Channel

Huntington's disease (HD) is a severely debilitating inherited condition in which selective brain cell death results in a progressive loss of cognitive, physical and emotional function. Problems with eating and swallowing (dysphagia) is a common complication. Weight loss is often associated with HD. A person with HD is more likely to choke and may need to be fed by their carer. Tube feeding may be used in the later stages of HD.


Irritable bowel syndrome - Better Health Channel

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes abdominal pain, bloating and alternating constipation and diarrhoea. The cause is unknown, but factors such as emotional stress, infection and some foods can aggravate the condition. Treatment options include dietary modifications and stress management.

Lactose intolerance - Better Health Channel

Lactose intolerance is when a person has difficulty or is unable to digest milk sugars from dairy products. It is rare for Caucasians to develop lactose intolerance. The condition is more common among Australian Aborigines and people from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and some Mediterranean countries. Symptoms include bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Many babies are wrongly assumed to have lactose intolerance.


Vegetarian eating - Better Health Channel

Vegetarians are people who don’t eat meat or seafood and may not eat eggs or dairy foods. Vegans consume only plant foods. A vegetarian diet has many health benefits. With careful planning, a vegetarian diet can provide all your essential nutritional needs.


Accredited Practising Dietitians 

(APDs) -a message from Dietitians

Association of Australia (DAA)

Dietitians Association of Australia

Gluten free foods in Australia,

gluten free products, list