Endocrinology

Our doctors give information on the diagnosis of diseases related to the glands such as metabolic disorders and thyroid diseases.

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Diabetes

Hidden dangers: Know the warning signs of diabetes {Infographic}

The warning signs for Type 2 diabetes can be so mild that you don’t notice them. People with Type 2 diabetes have raised blood glucose levels, but sometimes these levels

Diabetes

Diabetes: at a glance {Infographic}

Almost 4 million people in SA live with diabetes. Another 5 million are estimated to be prediabetic. Who is at risk? Why? What can be done? In a series of

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Understanding your diabetes diagnosis: What are your treatment options?

Dr Elmo Pretorius, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, explains different management options for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.   Treatment options for Type 1 diabetes include:

Diabetes

5 things an endocrinologist wishes you knew about diabetes

Yes, you can eat sugar. No, Type 2 diabetes can’t be cured. Dr Elmo Pretorius, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, breaks down a few common myths about

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How, when and why to check your sugar level {Infographic}

Diabetics may need to check their blood sugar level several times a day – before meals or exercise, at bedtime, before driving. But everyone is different: there are many numbers

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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Children (1 to 12 years)

A diagnosis for the whole family: living with someone with diabetes

If you’ve had a child diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll know: this is a life-changing illness, and not just for them. Here we look at how the whole family can help

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Gestational diabetes: what does that mean?

Gestational diabetes means you have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy – but is it a precursor of Type 2 diabetes? And will it affect your baby? When a woman

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Is your lifestyle making you sick? {Infographic}

Many everyday lifestyle decisions can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how these often unnoticed lifestyle risk factors add up to skyrocket your diabetes risk. Mediclinic are offering FREE diabetes

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The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes {infographic}

Mediclinic are offering FREE diabetes screening tests at various facilities across South Africa during the month of November. For more information about your nearest screening location visit the Mediclinic website.

Endocrinology

Hormone imbalance happens to men, too

Hormone imbalance is not a female-specific phenomenon. Many hormonal imbalances are caused by external factors, such as stress, trauma, viral infections or hormone medications. However, hormonal imbalances can also be

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Prediabetes: Should you be screened for it? [infographic]

While prediabetes is not a health condition in itself, says Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can be a sign that you are on the way to developing type 2 diabetes.

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Take the time to #CheckWhatMatters this Diabetes Awareness Month

In South Africa, it is estimated that 3.85 million South Africans suffer from diabetes, with many remaining undiagnosed. The truth is we check our social media activity more than enough,

Endocrinology

Period tracker: How your menstrual cycle affects your brain, weekly [infographic]

Studies show that hormonal changes may actually alter the chemical balance in the brain and trigger some of the mood swings associated with a woman’s monthly cycle. Learn how your hormones affect your mood week-by-week and how to master your menstrual cycle.

sleep, do women need more sleep than men
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Do women need more sleep than men?

Do those of us with XX chromosomes need more ZZs than our XY counterparts? Sleep is essential to wellbeing. Depending on age or life stage, most people need between seven

Endocrinology

Swollen limbs, could it be lipoedema?

A chronic condition, lipoedema is caused by an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs, thighs and buttocks, and sometimes in the arms. An oncologist and an endocrinologist, both practicising at Mediclinic hospitals, explain how this condition is diagnosed and treated.

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Is excessive sweating a medical problem?

It’s not life-threatening but being constantly drenched in perspiration can cause extreme embarrassment and painful skin conditions. It could also be a sign of an underlying medical problem.

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Fighting the ‘midlife fat attack’

One of the main health concerns for those over 40 is that hormonal changes will cause weight gain. A Mediclinic gynaecologist and obstetrician explains that while hormonal changes can indirectly cause weight gain, it’s not as simple as that.

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Hypothyroidism can be treated: get tested

Have you gained weight and feel tired all the time? Do you seem to feel the cold more than most and do you feel down a lot of the time? If you answer yes to all or some of these questions, you may have hypothyroidism, which means your thyroid gland is underactive.

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