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Dr Hazel Wallace: How male-centric medicine means women have been understudied, underdiagnosed and undertreated

In an extract from her new book, Dr Hazel Wallace lifts the lid on gender bias in medicine, and explains how women are still being treated with outdated guidelines based on male subjects

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Hazel Wallace

Hazel Wallace

The Female Factor: Making women's health count – and what it means for you by Dr Hazel Wallace

The Female Factor: Making women's health count – and what it means for you by Dr Hazel Wallace

Dr Hazel Wallace, The Food Medic. Picture: Olivia Beasley

Dr Hazel Wallace, The Food Medic. Picture: Olivia Beasley

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Hazel Wallace

The Food Medic was born out of a passion project of mine back in 2012 while at medical school. After losing my father suddenly to a stroke in my teens, I became fascinated by how nutrition and lifestyle can influence our health and genetic predisposition to disease. However, in lectures, only lip service was paid to non-medical interventions like diet, physical activity, sleep and stress management, so I set out to learn more about how our lifestyle shapes our health and started to blog about my findings in accessible, easy-to-follow articles and social media captions as ‘The Food Medic’.

I wrote and published my first book, The Food Medic, in 2017, while working full-time as a first-year doctor in London, and released my second book, The Food Medic for Life, in 2018. Over this time, my passion for nutrition and public health continued to grow, which brought me back to university the following year to complete my master’s in clinical nutrition and public health at University College London (UCL), allowing me to become dual-registered as a doctor and a nutritionist.


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