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A balancing act

Considering their hectic schedules, it’s amazing that so many Mediclinic doctors and staff manage to find the time to pursue their own passions while keeping fit and healthy. We caught up with a team of doctors at Mediclinic Panorama who run together and get their take on maintaining a work-life balance.

Diabetes

Do you recognise the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits your body’s ability to properly regulate blood glucose levels. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) estimates that in 2011 there were 14.7 million adult diabetics in Africa, and that around 78% of diabetics remain undiagnosed. According to the IDF the greatest increase in diabetes is expected to be in Africa – where it is predicted that the incidence of diabetes in Africa will have almost doubled by 2030.

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Is the morning-after pill bad for your health?

In most cases, no. But although it’s deemed safe, an emergency contraception pill shouldn’t be used in place of more sustainable contraceptive methods, experts say.

Events

A runner with a big heart

In the beginning of September 2017, Lesego Sepeng ran an average of 35km a day between six Mediclinic hospitals to raise awareness of heart disease in South Africa. This is his story.

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Heart-rate training: A guide to working out in the zone

Tracking your heart rate is one of the safest, most effective ways to look after your health and fitness (as long as it is done correctly or in some cases under medical supervision).

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • 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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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Women’s health checklist

Our expert runs through the 5 health checks that women of all ages should keep top of mind.

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Foods that promote good sleep

A Mediclinic dietician explains how sleep and what we eat and drink are not necessarily separate concepts and gives dietary tips for a great night’s sleep.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Easy ways to boost your immunity

From immune-boosting foods to preventative medicine and exercise, we speak to a GP specialising in family health and look at four easy ways to keep bugs at bay this winter.

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Five exercises that keep you coming back

Any exercise is better than no exercise, says a biokineticist. But by spending only 22 minutes a day on exercise, you can transform your health – and it needn’t be a chore or cost you anything.

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Mind over mattress?

We speak to a neurologist and biokineticist to weigh up the pros and cons of cutting pillow time to increase your activity levels.

Exercise

Is it healthy to be a ‘weekend warrior?’

Between work and family responsibilities, many people simply don’t have the time to exercise during the week. But sports specialists caution ‘weekend warriors’ about the value of consistency.

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Less alcohol equals better health

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. If one of yours is to give up alcohol, then good for you! Here’s why it’s the one resolution you really should stick to.

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Small changes, big gains

It’s hard to modify your lifestyle. The solution is to make small changes that are attainable. Collectively they’ll add up to major gains over time. A Mediclinic family doctor has tips and advice to make switches that stick.

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How to boost your metabolism

Everybody’s metabolism differs – but there are ways to speed up yours to regulate your energy levels and weight better. A dietician at Mediclinic gives her metabolism-boosting tips.

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Regaining fitness after a sports injury

For sportspeople or those with very active lifestyles, injuries often come with the territory. While you may be longing to resume your fitness routine as quickly as possible, sports doctor Dr Jann Killops offers a medical perspective.

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How to stay active at work

If you are reading this, chances are you’re probably at work, taking a break at your desk before tackling the next task on your computer.

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How to get a good night’s sleep

We probably don’t need to tell you why a good night’s rest is so important. If you’ve ever gone without proper sleep for a few nights, you’ll know the effects: your mental and physical health suffers, leaving you feeling tired, cranky and unwell during your waking hours. We spoke to a Mediclinic physician and found out how you can catch some solid Zzzz’s.

Exercise

Move for health

The most important exercise move you can do is to get off the couch. But once you’re up, what’s the best way to get moving? We asked a Mediclinic sports doctor for some basic exercises designed for people who’ve never set foot in a gym before.

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