Nutrition

From healthy recipes for the family to immune boosting foods, this section will help you maintain a healthy eating plan.

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What holiday binge-eating does to your body

The festive period is synonymous with holiday feasts and loosening your belt. We speak to gastroenterologist Dr Christian Jeske at Mediclinic Midstream to determine how much overindulging is ‘safe’ and when you should draw the line.

Conditions

Can your lifestyle lead to diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be treated when diagnosed early. If left untreated, warns Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can lead to kidney damage, heart disease and even stroke.

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A snapshot of diabetes in SA

There are 1,826,100 people living with diabetes in South Africa, according to the latest International Diabetes Federation research. The cases of diabetes in the country are rapidly rising.

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Prediabetes: Should you be screened for it?

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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Foodborne disease: What could you catch from your food?

Foodborne disease is a worldwide concern, and it can affect anyone. Defined as an infection of the gastrointestinal tract, these illnesses are caused by the ingestion of contaminated foods containing bacteria.

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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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Iodine: the essential nutrient you never knew you needed

Dr Malcolm Sandler, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Panorama, explains what iodine is, how deficiency occurs, how this impacts the body, and how iodine deficiency is prevented.

Cardiology

Good vs. Bad cholesterol: how do they affect the heart?

There is a common misconception that all cholesterol is bad for you. But that’s not always true. Two Mediclinic experts offer a closer look at the various types of cholesterol, as well as solutions to prevent cholesterol-related heart attacks.

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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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Sugar: how to cut down for good

Sweet as it is, excessive sugar intake can lead to tooth decay, weight gain and various health impingements. Here’s how you should consider the alternatives.

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Does exercise remove the effects of an unhealthy diet?

It doesn’t matter how hard you train or far you run, there’s no escaping the effects of an unhealthy diet. Gayle Landau, a registered dietician at the Wits Donald Gordon

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Do multivitamins really improve your health?

There’s overwhelming evidence to suggest that multivitamins that are not prescribed to treat specific deficiencies don’t really do much good and, in some instances, can actually cause you harm.

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Are you addicted to caffeine and how much is too much?

Taken in moderation caffeine has some great perks like increased concentration. But too much of this good thing can lead to some unpleasant side effects.

Expert Articles

Antibiotics vs probiotics: how to protect your gut flora

The specific bacterial species found in your gut, skin, and mouth (collectively termed your microbiome) are as unique as your fingerprint, says Ilsabé Spoelstra, a dietician at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. Every human is teeming with billions of microorganisms, and most are very good for your health.

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3 things your blood type says about your health

Your blood type can give you information about your risk for disease. We discover what your blood type says about your health.

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IBS versus GORD

Tummy complaints are common. But how do you know if it’s IBS, GORD or both?

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Chronic versus acute inflammation

Inflammation is a word bandied about quite often by health food shops and is equally the subject of much scientific study and debate. Here’s what you really need to know about inflammation.

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Do we need endless clinical codes when we get sick?

Each time you are informed that a hospital admission is on the cards, you are provided with endless clinical codes relating to your admission. But what do they actually mean?

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Vitamin D deficiency: could you be at risk?

Many people living in sunny countries experience vitamin D deficiency. We look at why this is.

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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.

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