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Series 5, 2024

The vital role of nutrition in managing menopause

  • 24 July 2024
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm AEDT
    8:00 - 9:30pm NZDT

This Food Vitals webinar will explore the evidence that a plant-based diet can manage menopausal symptoms.

Most women will go through physical and emotional changes, and experience unwanted symptoms, during the transition through perimenopause to menopause. Around 80% of women will experience a variety of menopausal symptoms that interfere with daily life, with around 20% of women experiencing moderate to severe hot flushes. These changes in hormonal levels can extend to overall health and mental wellbeing. Menopause is also associated with increased prevalence of obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.

The standard Western diet is pro-inflammatory due to the high prevalence of processed foods, saturated fats, and cholesterol. The diet of Australians and New Zealanders rates high on the Dietary Inflammatory Index and is linked with a higher risk of the development of chronic diseases and menopausal symptoms.

A diet centred around whole plant foods can help mitigate the symptoms experienced during menopause, including hot flushes.


Dr Nitu Bajekal, MD is a Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in London, UK with nearly 40 years of clinical experience in women’s health. Her special interests include Lifestyle Medicine, Menopause, PCOS, Endometriosis, period problems, complex vulval problems and medical education. She is a keyhole surgeon with experience in laparoscopic procedures including robotics. She is a Fellow of the Royal College and recipient of the Indian President’s Gold medal. Dr Bajekal is one of the first board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physicians in the UK. She has written the women’s health module for the first UK plant-based nutrition course at Winchester University. She has co-authored the women’s health chapter for an academic book for health professionals (Plant Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice, Sep 2022). She is a speaker at Holistic Holiday at Sea (HHAS), speaking on menopause, PCOS and women’s health issues.

CPD HOURSThis webinar is approved by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Remote and Rural Medicine (ACRRM) for 2.5 CPD hours with completion of pre-activity. Attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance.
Nitu Bajekal - Menopause
Series 5, 2024

Ageing: the role of nutrition

  • TBC
  • TBC

This webinar has been postponed from it's original date of Friday 26 April 2024. We will communicate the new date as soon as possible.

This Food Vitals webinar will provide GPs with vital information on how an eating pattern focussed on unprocessed, whole plant foods can help patients to prevent, reduce and manage age-related diseases and multimorbidity. They can then use this knowledge to provide effective care and make recommendations regarding diet and lifestyle modifications for their ageing patients.

The Standard Australian Diet rates high on the Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII) due to the high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol from animal products and processed foods. An inflammatory diet is linked with chronic disease, faster ageing, the development of frailty and Alzheimer’s Disease. Conversely, a diet centred around whole plant foods, containing fibre, phytonutrients and antioxidants, is very anti-inflammatory.  As ageing can be thought of as an inflammatory disease, a whole food plant-based diet can help mitigate the onset of age-related diseases. With currently more than one in three general practice encounters being people aged 65 or older, the pressure on our healthcare system will only continue to rise.

Following a recorded presentation you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered live by Dr Greger.


A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition. He has videos on more than 2,000 health topics freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded almost every day. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Three of his recent books— How Not to Die (with over a million copies sold), the How Not to Die Cookbook, and How Not to Diet all became instant New York Times Best Sellers. His latest two books, How to Survive a Pandemic and the How Not to Diet Cookbook, were released in 2020. All proceeds he receives from the sales of his books go to charity.

CPD HOURSThis webinar is approved by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Remote and Rural Medicine (ACRRM) for 3 CPD hours with completion of pre-activity. Attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance. 
Michael Greger

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