Let’s face it, there is a wealth of information out there when it comes to health and wellbeing, and a lot of what you read online isn’t trustworthy nor based on real evidence. Dr Doireann O’Leary, a Cork-based GP with over 17 years’ experience studying the human body and talking with patients about their health concerns, knows full well how overwhelming, confusing and misleading information surrounding health and wellbeing can be. Now, she’s on a mission to deliver evidence-based facts to people across the country in order to break down these barriers and empower people to take control of their personal health and wellbeing.
Dr. Doireann recently shared a post on her Instagram about biotin – an ingredient often found in multivitamins and other dietary supplements. The FDA warns that biotin can interfere with certain diagnostic tests, in particular ones relating to heart attacks and thyroid disease, both of which are common in women. Biotin can also lead to acne. It is for these reasons that Dr. Doireann believes biotin shouldn’t be contained in widely marketed dietary supplements. Her Instagram is filled with such posts and videos helping to break down myths and informing followers about various red flags to watch out for so that they can seek advice from their own GP if they’re concerned about any of the issues covered.
“Meeting patients for over a decade, I am passionate about helping people improve their health, wellbeing and lifestyles. There is so much information out there and not all of it is based on scientific evidence,” says Dr. Doireann. “Instagram provides the perfect platform for me to share simple, uncomplicated, evidence-based information with my followers in what I hope is an entertaining way. The ultimate goal is to help people lead healthier lives and alert people to potential dangers that can cause harm.”
Over the past three years, Dr. Doireann has also shared important messages on healthy living with listeners through Dr Doireann’s Podcast, where she delves deeply into specific topics with other healthcare professionals. Episodes cover a range of issues from women’s health and gynaecology to psychology, aesthetics and gut health and the first episode of Season 4 has just recently been released.
She also contributes regularly to the media with regular slots on The Last Word on Today FM and The Today Show on RTÉ One. Next Saturday sees Dr. Doireann joining a panel of inspirational speakers discussing social media and medicine at the Women in Medicine in Ireland Network 2023 Conference on October 7 in Limerick.
Supplements Made Simple … and developed by a practising doctor
Continuing on her mission to help people live healthier lives and believing the vast information available on supplements is not only confusing but often misleading to consumers, Dr. Doireann developed her Supplements Made Simple range to help people achieve real health benefits from their daily supplement routine.
“There’s so much information online about various supplements, a lot of which have no meaningful health benefit and some of which have the potential to cause harm,” says Dr. Doireann. “I meet patients every day who are taking supplements they don’t need and missing out on the key supplements they do need. And I’ve never met a patient who takes a multivitamin who knows exactly what’s in it. This is what inspired me to develop this range.”
The Supplements Made Simple range is developed personally by Dr. Doireann and is scientifically proven to improve health. The full range includes Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Omega 3 Fish Oil, Magnesium, a Vitamin D3 Spray, a Vitamin B12 Spray, and the bestselling Marine Collagen with Vitamin C, which is manufactured in Ireland using hydrolysed marine collagen and includes vitamin C for added collagen support. Marine Collagen with Vitamin C is scientifically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles whilst increasing elasticity of the skin.
Supplements Made Simple is available in pharmacies nationwide and online at supplementsmadesimple.ie.
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