Month: July 2019

How to protect your immune system – straight from a dietitian

There are so many health myths out there. Linda Drummond, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, says she believes myths are a result of mixed messages given to the public by a number of sources that are not necessarily experts in the field of nutrition – for example, …

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How to keep your bladder happy – and prevent future incontinence

We’re seldom aware of our bladders unless we really need to pee. Your urinary bladder, a pear-shaped, muscular sac just above your pelvic region, is where urination is regulated and controlled. If something goes wrong with this important organ, it can affect the health of other organs like your kidneys, as urine is filtered by …

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Cutting out just 300 calories a day can make a big difference to your health

If you trim out only 300 calories a day – the equivalent of six Oreo cookies – that could be all it takes to cut diabetes and heart disease risk, new research suggests. In the study, just over 200 adults younger than 50 with a healthy weight or just a few extra kilograms were told to reduce their calorie …

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What is allergen immunotherapy and should you try it?

If you’re constantly sneezing and sniffling even though you take allergy medication to relieve symptoms, you may want to consider immunotherapy. This treatment is aimed at desensitising you to your allergy triggers, providing long-term relief from allergies and reducing the risk for asthma.   Tablets under the tongue Recent advances have made this option more appealing. …

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What to do when a panic attack strikes at work

Anxiety and panic disorders are common and can have a far-reaching impact on one’s life. According to Health24, panic disorder is characterised by the occurrence of repeated panic attacks, which last anything from a few seconds to a few minutes, but which are experienced as extremely frightening and uncomfortable. Typically, someone who suffers from a panic attack …

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Study backs lower blood pressure target for people with diabetes

While doctors have been divided about what level of blood pressure is safe for someone with diabetes, a new study suggests that more intensive intervention is better. During the study, people with type 2 diabetes who received treatment to keep their blood pressure levels at 130/80 or below had fewer heart attacks, strokes and other complications. …

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How an ailing heart can speed the brain’s decline

The strong link between brain health and heart health is reinforced in a new study. The research showed that as cardiovascular health falters, so too does thinking and memory. In one of the largest and longest studies of its kind to date, researchers studied a group of nearly 8 000 people in the United Kingdom. The participants were over …

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