Series 3: Programme 1
The first programme of the new series features 19-year old student Rebecca Brady from Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Like any teenager Rebecca loves to party but her hectic lifestyle is playing havoc with her health.
She suffers from panic attacks which are exacerbated by exam stress, late nights and alcohol.
Can Dr Mark help her to find healthier ways to have a good time? Can she get her panic attacks under control? And in the process can she add years to her life expectancy?
Results after first medical and fitness tests:
Gamma GT 25 Iu/l
Healthy Level 6 - 23
Healthy Level 40-60
Life Expectancy - 73
73 is 8 years less than the average for an Irish woman.
Dr Mark wants to make sure that Rebecca understands that the safe level of drinking is no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. Irish alcohol consumption has almost doubled since the 70's and drinks today are bigger and stronger. Modern wines could now contain two or three units in a glass and some beers and ciders contain as between three and four units in just one pint. With a safe daily limit of three units Rebecca could easily use this up with just one drink. Binge drinking can lead to liver disease, coronary heart disease and certain cancers. If Rebecca continues drinking at her current level she could have irreversible liver by the age of 25.
8 Week Plan
- Maximum 14 units of alcohol per week
- No more than 3 units of alcohol per night
- Tackle anxiety and make time for relaxation
- Moderate exercise
- Three healthy meals per day
Rebecca's been experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. When the attacks got more frequent Rebecca went to see her family doctor. One and four people between the ages of 12 and 25 suffer from mental health difficulties. We suggested that Rebecca meet Therese Ryan, a stress management consultant, to help her tackle her stressful lifestyle. If Rebecca can manage her time better she will reduce her anxiety by organising her study rather than cramming at the last minute. Time management will also help her schedule in time for exercise and healthy eating.
BMI 22.4 (previously 21.6)
Weight 55.1 kg (previously 53.4kg)
V02 max 34.2 (previously 30.83) ie. 10.9% change
LIFE EXPECTANCY - 85
Mater Private Healthcare
Eccles Street, Dublin 7
01 885 8888
School of Health and Human Performance
The Science Block, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin.
01 700 8802
Stress Management Consultant
Carrick House, 10 Newenham St, Limerick.
Tel: 0161 446046
Mob: 086 3109976
Rosslare Watersports Centre
Crunch Fitness Premier
00353 1 8025906