While it is often assumed that patients who regain weight do so because of a lack of willpower, there are plenty of metabolic factors that compel the body to maintain weight and regain it once it has been lost.
Osteoporosis is a common, aging-related disease, the prevalence of which has been increasing with the improvement of modern medicine and average life expectancy. Termed a “silent disease”, it often goes undetected until a patient suffers from a bone fracture.
Childhood and teenage overweight and obesity are growing challenges in developing countries, with up to 13% of South African children believed to be overweight or obese.
MEDICAL CHRONICLE DECEMBER 2018 CPD 1 of 3: The terms folic acid, folacin, folinic acid, pteroylglutamic acid and folate seem to be used interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing.
The effect of disease related malnutrition can be detrimental on physical & clinical health.
WHO estimate NCDs linked to lifestyle choices kill about 16 million people prematurely worldwide annually.
Ascencao was responding to a recent international study which found Cape Town residents, in particular, were at risk of vitamin D deficiency in winter when UVB exposure from sunlight was extremely low, making it harder to fight disease and infection. The study said vitamin D supplementation may reverse deficiency and even slow down HIV infection.
A Rand Corporation study found that taking probiotics can reduce the risk of developing the diarrhoea that is a common side effect of taking antibiotics.