Many people will take eyesight for granted – especially those with 20/20 vision. But for wearers of spectacles – whether near-sighted or far-sighted – being able to see properly is a great blessing. Glasses can be a hassle, especially for people with astigmatism and those who rely on bi- or multi-focal lenses, which is why Lasik eye surgery is an attractive option to them. Most providers of affordable medical aid will cover the cost of eye-testing and prescription glasses, but if you’re thinking about having Lasik eye surgery done, always check with your doctor or medical aid to check if you are covered.
Whether you’ve been seeing the same family doctor for 15 years or you’ve recently moved to a new area and are trying out a new GP, you can be rest assured that their diagnosis and treatment of common colds, ankle sprains, or stress-related symptoms are very accurate. However, should your diagnosis lean towards a more severe illness or life-threatening disease, you’re entitled to a second (and even a third) opinion.
If you find yourself in the same situation as Richard Williams (the father of tennis champions, Venus and Serena) and your child shows a prodigy-like prowess on the tennis court, you may be naturally inclined to encourage his development with intense training. The excitement of an early retirement for you is certainly justified, but while you’re investing in professional tennis coaches and a strict training regime, perhaps the results of the following study will help you to change tack a bit. (more…)
After struggling with your weight for years, you’ve finally reached your goal weight and “all it took” was a carefully controlled diet and a comfortable exercise routine. You may have spent the last few months meticulously counting calories, doing all the right exercises, and measuring your weight and centimetres once (okay, three times) a week, but now that you’ve finally reached your goal measurements (more…)
If you plan on living a long and healthy life, it’s not just going to happen by itself and requires a consciously healthy diet and breaking a sweat three to four times a week – be it in the gym or out on the road. Genetic disorders are unfortunately not preventable, and medical aid schemes in South Africa do provide chronic treatment cover for such diseases.
Shock has a specific meaning in the medical field, and doesn’t refer to the condition someone experiences when they are grieving or anxious. The medical condition of shock is what happens when certain parts of the body aren’t getting enough blood; circulation is affected or restricted. Without the proper blood supply, the body is placed under extreme physiological stress, which can cause internal organs to fail and/or make the condition worsen very quickly.
When you were little, you called the freckles and dots on your body “sun kisses” because they appeared when you’d been outdoors. Moles were the sign of a warm and sunny childhood, but now that you know they could potentially be cause for concern, you should be a little more dubious of them.
It’s a month into 2013 and you started off strong with your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get fit. For the first three weeks, you noticed the instant changes – your body reacted positively to your decrease in junk food intake, increased water intake and this brand-spanking-new thing called exercise. The centimetres fell off and you were surprised by how much weight you lost just in those first three weeks.
While you’re making lists of what to remember to take with you on holiday this December, don’t forget that the difference between having access to a first aid kit and not having access could be the difference between life and death. And while a properly stocked first aid kit could resemble the supply cupboard in a hospital, there are a few basics that could serve your patient well between their site of trauma and the safe hands of the medical professionals. (more…)
Many people respond to their diagnosis of diabetes as though they’ve been given a death sentence, and while Type 1 diabetes requires daily insulin shots because their bodies can no longer produce it, Type 2 diabetes requires a few lifestyle adjustments. If handled correctly, Type 2 diabetes symptoms can reduce significantly to the point where they appear absent. (more…)