Body drags on mind

Nutritionist and nutritional therapist Danielle Wilcock says diet is important to mental health. Picture: Louise Barker

Nutritionist and nutritional therapist Danielle Wilcock says diet is important to mental health. Picture: Louise Barker

MILLIONS of Australians living with common health issues such as asthma, arthritis and diabetes are at greater risk of mental health conditions and the risk is even higher for those living in regional areas.

Released this week, the Australia’s Mental and Physical Health Tracker is the first domestic study to measure the risk of physical illness to mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

It shows people with either a physical or mental health condition are also likely to have the other, and it has prompted health policy experts to call out the gap as a flaw in Australia’s health system.

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