Welcome to Improve My Health with Dr Sue Law

Sue and TommyI'm here to do exactly what the name suggests - improve your health.  Before we get off on the wrong foot though, I need to be clear about one thing – only you can improve your health.... but I would love to help you if you are finding it difficult, confusing or don’t know where to start.

I’m Sue, an experienced GP, occupational health and lifestyle doctor.  I have a relaxed, friendly style and want becoming healthier and happier to be fun.  You only have one life, let's make it as enjoyable as possible!

I can help you or your business to make small sustainable changes to improve health and well-being.  I do this by sharing no-nonsense, practical health information and advice.

I live and work in Devon.  I offer one-to-one and group consultations both in-person and by video consultation.  I also give entertaining and informative talks, and webinars and run interactive workshops.

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Your Health Needs You!

Why I hear you ask?  Well, if you are into facts and figures then keep reading (it's a bit depressing but there is good news at the end!!!)

 

  • 74% of global deaths are caused by unhealthy behaviours  (1,2).  
  • Up to 90% of long-term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer are preventable and caused by poor lifestyle choices.(3) 
  • 80% of all premature deaths are attributable to 3 factors - smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity.(4,5)
  • 3 out of 4 people are not eating enough fruits and vegetables(6)
  • 4 out of 5 people do not get enough physical activity. (6)

 6 Kelly J, Shull J. Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine : Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Manual. 3rd ed. 2021. 11 p. 

In summary, our modern lifestyle is making us ill!

 

The good news is that small changes can make a big difference to health and longevity. 

Lifestyle Medicine

 
So what is lifestyle medicine?
 
Lifestyle medicine is a medical approach that focuses on supporting you to make behaviour changes to prevent, treat and sometimes reverse chronic lifestyle-related illnesses. These illnesses include heart disease, diabetes, obesity, some cancers and depression. 
 
Lifestyle medicine focuses on 6 main areas.  These are sleep, movement, food, healthy relationships, managing stress and minimising harmful substances.
 
Lifestyle medicine isn’t about judging or blaming you for your situation.  Nor is it about preaching to you about how you should live or behave. Who am I to judge and preach?! 
 
I have been a doctor for more than 20 years and have completed the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine diploma.  I have learned, in detail, about the evidence about what is and is not good for health.  As a result of what I have learned, I have made changes to my own life and I am much happier and healthier for it.  I want to share my knowledge and experience to help you find the healthy habits you enjoy and make them stick. 
 

Honestly, I was skeptical initially....  you were authoritative and I was impressed by the medical evidence you presented.... I enjoyed our brief discussions and would have liked to discuss things further if we had had more time

- Phil - Occupational Health Doctor, Director Cotswold Medicals Ltd