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Acid Reflux and Heartburn, a Duty of Care

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Share Lifestyle changes can usually neutralise this unpleasant condition. Heartburn has become almost an international epidemic – a third of us now suffer regularly. This burning pain behind the breastbone is usually caused by stomach acid flowing up into the gullet (oesophagus) and burning its delicate lining (oesophagitis). As well as aiming to relieve the discomfort, heartburn should be taken …

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Antibiotics: The Latest Advice for Diabetics

Share Used carefully, these drugs will still be there and effective when we need them. Antibiotics save millions of lives, but excessive and inappropriate use has allowed some bacteria to mutate (change their genes) and become resistant to our most powerful antibiotics. We’re using 5% more than just five years ago, although use in animals has reached its lowest ever …

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Happy Tummy Tricks and Tweaks for Diabetic Digestion

ShareThe festive season particularly can play havoc with your digestion. If you’re having troubles, try these lifestyle tweaks. What’s going on in your stomach reflects the state of your general health. If your gut isn’t working properly, it can affect the level of nutrients in your body. Stress, poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles are all contributing to a rise in …

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Statins, Do Diabetics Need Them?

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Share These cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce heart attacks and strokes, but are they for everyone? Forty years after statins were launched, they‘re still controversial. Researchers in Britain say fewer high-risk patients have started taking them since the latest guidance from NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), while people in lower-risk categories may be over-treated with statins. Why does …

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Diabetes and Back Pain Go Beyond Red Flags

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Share Four out of five diabetics will suffer at least one episode of back pain, but many have repeated/chronic pain that can affect work, home and relationships, even though there’s rarely a serious cause. Our backs consist of bony blocks (vertebrae) cushioned by intervertebral discs and linked by side/back joints, creating bony tunnels that protect our spinal cords. Strong ligaments …

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