The Most Common Reasons People Visit The Doctor

Have you ever wondered what the most common reasons are for a family (primary care) doctor are in Canada?

I certainly have!

Chalk that up to my natural dietitian curiosity, but I’ve always been intrigued by patterns and statistics like this.

Which is why I’ve previously written pieces on similar topics, including:

The Four Best Selling Supplements on – Andy The RD

I find content like this quite fascinating because it allows me to really understand what the most prevalent health concerns and curiosities are and to subsequently underline the role nutrition has, when suitable, in the management of these concerns.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at the top 10 reasons for a family doctor visit in Canada.

The Top 6 Reasons For Doctor’s Visits [As Reported By Doctors]

As per 2018 data out of Canadian Family Physician.

But with a small twist…

The article above actually provides a top 10 list, I’ve chosen the top five reasons for doctors visits that I’ve written content on with their rank out of /10 listed.

Why did I do this?

Simply because these conditions are most influenced by nutrition and supplementation of course.


#1/10 Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

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#2/10 Hypertension [High Blood Pressure]

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#4/10 Arthritis

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#5 Diabetes

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#6 Depression/Anxiety

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The Dietary Changes That May Help With Depression – Andy The RD

Anxiety and Gut Health (

#10 Eczema [Dermatitis]

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Other common health issues in Canada, such as acid reflux and high cholesterol – represent conditions for which medication is commonly prescribed in this country.

Nutrition has a role to play in those, click through to learn more!

Andy De Santis RD MPH