Treatment options for child and adolescent obesity

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.

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Synthetic folic acid, food folate and 5-MTHF are not the same thing

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.

CoQ10 in diabetes and high cholesterol patients

MEDICAL CHRONICLE DECEMBER 2018 CPD 2 of 3: The demand for CoQ10 as a dietary supplement has dramatically increased in recent years due to its reported beneficial effects in cardiovascular diseases and other conditions.

Should patients take supplements during chemo?

MEDICAL CHRONICLE NOVEMBER CPD 1 of 3: There is compelling evidence for the importance of supplementation during cancer treatment. Vitamin D, zinc and magnesium supplementation appears to be particularly beneficial.

The effect of diabetes on vitamin B

MEDICAL CHRONICLE AUGUST CPD 3 of 4: The relationship between vitamin B12 deficiency and diabetes-induced peripheral neuropathy has been clearly demonstrated in a number of studies.

Protein requirements & oral nutritional supplementation

The effect of disease related malnutrition can be detrimental on physical & clinical health.

Nutrition in pregnancy

A healthy, balanced diet is strongly recommended before, during, and after pregnancy.

More to a healthy lifestyle than just healthy eating

WHO estimate NCDs linked to lifestyle choices kill about 16 million people prematurely worldwide annually.

Herbs: Nature’s medicine

Herbalism is probably the oldest, most tried and tested form of medicine in the world.

Active ageing

Ageing is the accumulation of physical, psychological and social changes in a human being over time.

Discovery welcomes sugar tax

n response to the proposed sugar tax, Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness said: “We believe that action is required to reduce the intake of sugary drinks, and support the proposed sugar tax.

Exploring anaemia

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anaemia.

Vitamin D deficiency “epidemic” can be reversed

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.

Osteoporosis isn’t inevitable

Bone resorption is primarily due to an activation of osteoclastogenesis and an increase in receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) expression, a cytokine involved in the final pathway of the osteoclast cycle.

STUDY: Probiotics and diarrhoea caused by antibiotics

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.

Iron deficiency 101

Broccoli is an excellent source of iron.

The benefits of bromelain

Enzyme Technologies is a South African-based biotechnology company that manufactures bromelain from waste pineapple stems.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Indicators

Vitamin B deficiency is common, affecting up to 10 % of adults.  As the symptoms can be variable, subtle and non-specific, the deficiency often goes unrecognised and if left untreated can have serious consequences.

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The Role of Vit D and Zinc in BP control

Hypertension was the number 1 risk for death in 2010, estimated to cause 500 000 deaths and 10 million years of life lost. There was a 67% increase in hypertension between 1990 and 2010.

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