Even as a senior, it’s never too late to make positive changes in your everyday habits that can
have a big impact on your health and quality of life for years to come. Science has revealed that
the aging process is actually a form of degenerative disease that is worsened by negative
elements in a person’s environment. Stress, toxins and processed foods are all contributors to
age related illnesses that can be reduced or eliminated by adopting a more natural lifestyle.
Whether you are in your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or beyond, Naturopathic medicine is a safe and effective
way to complement the care you are already receiving from your healthcare team.
The list of health concerns below is definitely not comprehensive. Not sure if Naturopathic
Medicine can benefit your health? Some patients who are not familiar with our practice opt to
book a free 15 minute pre-consultation. This gives new patients the opportunity to discuss their
health concerns and learn about our practice. Dr. Siddiqui will also assess whether or not your
illness falls within his scope and expertise. Our intention is to see you feel better! On the rare
occasion, Dr. Siddiqui may refer you to another health care practitioner.
Here are some common health issues that we can treat naturopathically:
Diabetes Mellitus Type II
In many instances, Type 2 Diabetes is an age-related illness. In Canada, approximately 1 in 6
senior males and 1 in 7 senior females are diagnosed with Diabetes. (Statistics Canada, 2008).
One of the most significant contributing factors to developing Type 2 Diabetes is excess body
mass. Among Canadians, the prevalence of obesity has been steadily increasing, and people of
advanced age are not immune to this trend. A recent Statistics Canada report revealed that
almost 23% of Canadians seniors report being obese (Statistics Canada, 2011).
There are serious health complications related to type 2 Diabetes and among middle-age adults,
life expectancy is reduced by about 5 to 10 years. By making lifestyle and dietary changes –
fundamentals of Naturopathic medicine - most people are able to reverse the disease and
significantly improve their livelihood. For example, research has shown that the risk of
developing Type 2 Diabetes is cut in half when a person exercises moderately for 30 minutes a
day and loses 5 to 7% of their body weight. The numbers are even more promising for
individuals over the age of 60. By following the same exercise and weight loss plan, the risk of
developing diabetes is even further reduced - by almost 71%! (Sigal et al, 2004)
To support positive lifestyle changes, Tansley Naturopathic gives patients access to herbs,
nutrients and other treatments that alleviate symptoms, address the underlying disorder, manage
consequences of the disease and assist individuals in restoring and maintaining their health.
Cognitive Decline, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Did you know that Dementia is the most common mental health problem affecting the geriatric
population in Canada? A report by the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health revealed
that 80 to 90% of long-term care facility residents have been diagnosed with a mental disorder –
far above the national average of 8% of Canadians over the age of 65 (Canadian Study of Health
and Aging Working Group, 1994).
In addition to the debilitating effects of developing a dementia disorder, life expectancy is
reduced by up to 10 years after the onset of dementia (Wolfson et al, 2001). Naturopathic
Medicine can play an integral role in preventing and managing cognitive decline and dementia
- Maintaining functionality
- Slowing progression of mental diseases
- Monitoring and assessing risk
- Reducing the risk of weight loss and malnutrition
Excessive weight loss and nutritional deficiencies are two of the most challenging complications
of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia disorders. One study found that 3-week nutritional
supplementation led to positive long-term outcomes on the nutritional status of patients with
mild probable Alzheimer disorder. Studies like these highlight the importance of integrated care
from informed medical professionals and attention to fundamentals of health and nutrition.
(DeSousa and Amaral, 2012).
Additionally, as Naturopathic Doctors, we are trained in basic mental health counseling,
Traditional Asian Medicine and Homeopathy, which are valuable tools in treating depression –
another common co-morbidity associated with cognitive decline disorders.
Arthritis is among the most common chronic conditions and a leading cause of debility in
Canada. When compared to other chronic conditions, individuals with arthritis were found more
- Suffer from high levels of pain and long-term disability
- require assistance with daily activities,
- report worsened self-rated health
- experience sleep disruptions and depression
As a result, many older individuals are unable to live independently and place a significant load
on healthcare services. (Statistics Canada, 2003).
Maintaining a healthy body weight through a combination of a balanced diet and regular activity
is a particularly important part of preventing and managing arthritis. In addition to using
pharmaceutical medication to alleviate joint pain, Naturopathic medicine can be used to address
the source of a person’s pain and improve their mobility. For example, omega-3 fatty acids, a
commonly recommended therapeutic by Naturopathic Doctors, have been shown to be an
effective treatment for joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, significantly reducing
perceived level of pain, physician assessed pain, duration of morning stiffness, number of painful
joints and anti-inflammatory drug use by 10-45% (Goldberg and Katz 2007).
Nutraceutical supplementation in combination with physical medicine, acupuncture and other
naturopathic modalities are highly effective ways to treat joint pain and improve functionality
and quality of life.
Cardiovascular diseases affect the heart, the blood vessels of the heart and the system of blood
vessels throughout the body and the brain. Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization
and death among individuals aged 65 and older, with a mortality rate of up to 50% within 5 years
of diagnosis (Glenny et al, 2012). Two significant conditions associated with development of
heart failure are coronary heart disease and hypertension.
Like Type 2 Diabetes and other age-related illness, prevention and management of
cardiovascular diseases with dietary and lifestyle changes can significantly alter the route of
pathology and extend a person’s life. Nutraceuticals such as Omega-3 fatty acids, have been
shown to be beneficial in cardiovascular disease, by lowering blood pressure, regulating heart
arrhythmias and increasing heart functionality (Hudson, 2011). As part of nutritional counseling,
Naturopaths may also suggest herbs such as Crategus spp., which has been found to be effective
in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and in particular,
congestive heart failure (Chang, 2005).
Naturopathic medicine offers a number of effective treatment options to treat heart disease in
addition to supportive care, counseling and lifestyle preventative measures.
As we age, changes that occur in the digestive tract can increase an individual’s risk of
developing gastrointestinal disorders. Nearly 40% of older adults experience digestive disorder
symptoms each year (John Hopkins Medicine, 2007). These changes often reduce the ability of
the gastrointestinal tract to function optimally, creating difficulty swallowing and absorbing
nutrients, and digestive diseases such as colon cancer.
Naturopathic medicine excels in treating digestive complaints. Using a range of dietary
modifications, Naturopathic medicine has been shown to reduce symptoms of Irritable Bowel
Syndrome by up to 58% (Hussain and Quigley, 2006). Probiotics and other supplements have
also been shown to be effective in digestive disorders. As these disorders are complex and often
multifactorial, Naturopathic Doctors rely on a combination of therapies, from herbal medicines
to physical manipulations to lifestyle modifications, to improve quality of life and overall
IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Weight Loss, Weight Gain
HIV/AIDS, Chronic Infectious States, Autoimmune
Menopause, Andropause, Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea
COPD, Asthma, Bronchitis
Palsies, Stroke Sequelae, Nerve Pain
Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Cheilosis, Dermatitis
Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis ("golf/tennis elbow", Strains/Sprains
Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Addictions
Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Women's and Men's Health:
Libido, Energy, Reproduction, Well-being
Diabetes, Heart Disease
"Untreatable" or "Undiagnosed" Conditions
Optimization and Prevention