Healthy Life

From exercises to recipes and how to deal with an emergency, this section gives advice on how you and your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Win festive gifts for athletes!

Your health is always top of mind at Mediclinic, so we’ve teamed up with Falke to offer perfect gifts – for yourself and your loved ones – to keep you safe from the sun when exercising. Enter below to stand a chance to win Falke sunsafe hampers that include UV-resistant socks, calf sleeves and arm protectors.

CSI

Restoring eyesight together

10 Groote Schuur patients had their eye sight restored through cataract surgery at Mediclinic Durbanville Day Clinic in November. Here’s the day in numbers.

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‘My weight loss secret’

Somerset-West lecturer Tracey Brown lost over 40 kgs within months, something she admits she couldn’t have achieved alone.

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Make your festive braai a healthy event

Jandri Barnard, a registered dietician at Mediclinic Newcastle, offers ways to bump up the health quotient when you’re gathered around the flames.

First Aid

How to prevent contracting malaria during your next holiday

Travelling to high-risk malaria areas in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and areas of Kwazulu-Natal for your holiday this year? Mediclinic malaria expert Dr Stefan Basson explains why taking malaria medication and employing other personal preventative measures is a non-negotiable.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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Conditions

Diabetic retinopathy: technology improves screening to save lives

Medical advancements – including fundus cameras and artificial intelligence – offer hope for patients who may otherwise lose their sight (or even their lives) to diabetes.

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Misusing and abusing antibiotics puts your health at risk

To protect your health and help reduce antibiotic resistance, always follow the advice of a qualified healthcare professional when taking antibiotics.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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How to use antibiotics correctly to protect your health

Drug-resistant bacteria are a global concern and are dangerous to your health. Fortunately, you hold part of the solution in your hands.

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It may be more than just your eyes

Some diabetes symptoms are common in modern lifestyles and are often ignored or misdiagnosed. So this November, Mediclinic wants you to take our free blood pressure and blood glucose tests.

Conditions

Are you at risk of diabetes?

Intermediate hyperglycaemia (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance) is a ‘pre-diagnosis’ of diabetes. The good news is you can prevent Type 2 diabetes if you make considered lifestyle changes.

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Should you drink alcohol if you have diabetes?

If you’re living with diabetes, be sure to eat and plan ahead before you have a small sundowner, says a Mediclinic expert.

Diabetes

Skin patches could revolutionise glucose monitoring

Electrochemical analysis of sweat using soft bioelectronics on human skin provides a new route for non-invasive glucose monitoring without painful blood collection. However, sweat-based glucose sensing still faces many uncertainties.

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Brush correctly for better overall health (infographic)

While we may take our teeth for granted, they play a large role in our everyday life, from allowing us to socialise confidently, eat without difficult and pronounce words correctly. Some studies have even linked poor oral health to heart disease which may be due to the way that infection contributes to chronic inflammation in the body.

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Could you skip chemo?

A new test is helping doctors understand the “personality” of breast cancer better – leading to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment.

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Can stress cause a serious illness?

According to a psychiatrist at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg, stress is not a medical condition. Multiple studies show that stress causes a biological response in the body, allowing us to face or escape the situation – but it is meant to be a short-term survival instinct, not an everyday occurrence. So what happens when it builds and builds?

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How the right therapy can help with stress-related problems

A psychiatrist at Mediclinic explains that ignoring stress or not understanding its cause is detrimental to your health and well-being.

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Will your child’s excess weight be problematic in later life?

Childhood obesity rates are soaring. In South Africa, almost 4 million children could be affected in the next few years. Parents should be on the lookout for warning signs from an early age.

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How to prevent your child from needing glasses

Despite our warm and sunny climate, there are signs of an ever-increasing indoor culture. Digital entertainment means children in particular are prone to not spending enough time outdoors. And despite the more obvious harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle, too much “couch time” can also have a detrimental effect on eyesight.

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