Healthy Lifestyle
October 27, 2017

How your body’s healing process can turn against you

Think about the last time you injured yourself and your wound started to swell rapidly. That was inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself from harmful irritants, including damaged cells. The body defends itself from bacteria and viruses and repairs any damaged tissues, which means that without an inflammation response, wounds and infections don’t heal. However, too much inflammation can become problematic and play a significant role in some chronic conditions. Inflammatory disease There are several chronic conditions, where out-of-control-inflammation plays a central part. Treating these conditions, include treating the inflammation. They include: Asthma Chronic peptic ulcer Tuberculosis…
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October 24, 2017

How old are you really? Biological age explained.

You’ve just turned fabulous 40 but your body and mind feel decades older. What’s going on? Your biological age may have the answer. The human body has two different ages: a chronological age and a biological age. Chronological age is the actual time you’ve been alive, measured in years, months, and days from the date you were born. Biological age is how old you seem. It’s a measure of how well your body functions relative to your age on the calendar. Your chronological age doesn't always match your biological age. Ageing rates can vary significantly from person to person, even if you…
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Men's Health
September 28, 2017

How to keep your prostate from turning against you

In the spirit of Movember, let’s get to grips with one of the scariest health issues facing men today: prostate cancer. First the good news: early preventative screening goes a long way. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting South African men today. About one in eight men are at risk of getting it. If you’ve just turned 40, pick up the phone and have yourself checked out! Risk factors According to a recent study, prostate cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer-death amongst men in the world. The prostate is a small gland that produces…
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Healthy Lifestyle
July 5, 2017

5 Deadly conditions without symptoms

No symptoms, no problem? Think again. Some of the most dangerous diseases are symptomless. Beware of these stealthy conditions. Hypertension It’s often called the "silent disease" as it has no indicators. “Many people may have hypertension for years without knowing it, which is why it’s so dangerous,” says Dr Stan Moloabi, Executive Healthcare Manager at the Government Employees Medical Scheme. If your blood pressure is extremely high, you may get severe headaches, chest pain, and dizzy spells. Other symptoms include fatigue, vision problems, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, and frequent nosebleeds. The only way to know you have hypertension is with…
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General knowledge
January 12, 2017

3 Questions you MUST ask when reading any health news

"Chocolate can make you lose weight", "Vaccines cause autism", "Cholesterol tablets cause dementia", "Strengthen your bones with calcium tablets". Do you know which of these headlines are true? Any of them, none of them, or maybe all of them? There is a massive amount of nonsense on the internet. Sometimes it's easy to see when something is completely false but truth is often stranger than fiction, and a lie, well told, can fool even the wise. When it comes to health, these myths cost lives. So, before you 'like', 're-post' or act on any health news you come across on…
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Tests & investigations
September 19, 2016

10 dates you do NOT want to miss!

Prevention IS better than cure, but the next best thing for health and longevity is early detection! Diagnosing a health problem early can mean successful treatment and a good outcome. Here is a list of the basic health screens and tests you should have - also, when to get them and why. (more…)
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Cancer & lymphoma
February 4, 2016

10 Ways to fight cancer

4 February is World Cancer Day: this is a global event that takes place at the same time every year to unite the world in the fight against cancer. While everyone knows that cancer exists - and may even have lost someone to the disease - there’s still a lot more to know; especially when it comes to prevention. The slogan for World Cancer Day 2016 is #ICANWECAN - let’s look at 5 things you can do, and 5 thing we can do, to fight cancer. I Can Know my family history. If your family has a history of certain…
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Women's Health
August 27, 2014

Top 3 bad health habits women need to break!

Okay, so we all have bad habits, but now is a good time to set things straight. Dr Lynelle Hoeks takes a look at three bad habits that all women should quit. (more…)
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Healthy LifestyleWork
June 30, 2014

5 Things companies do to look after employees’ health

Does your company run blood donation drives and offer screening tests, or does your medical aid reward you for exercising? These are all aspects of workplace wellness, and signs of a new attitude to health: prevention. Simply put, workplace wellness is any company health-promotion activity or initiative designed to support healthy behaviour in employees. (more…)
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Tests & investigations
February 25, 2014

What can you expect during your health assessment?

When you go for your annual medical check-up, you can expect a full physical check-up and you’ll be asked about your medical history. You might also need to have certain blood tests, for example if your doctor thinks you’re at risk for high cholesterol, or thyroid problems. More advanced testing includes ultrasound and mammograms – which become more important as you get older. (more…)
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