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Pneumonia and Diabetes – It’ll Work Out

Pneumonia

Share Pneumonia is the lung infection that can kill, so it should always be taken seriously. Pneumonia means inflammation of our lung cells (alveoli). Their walls become swollen with fluid that makes it harder for oxygen and carbon dioxide to exchange in the bloodstream. Around 1% of us get community acquired pneumonia (CAP) each year — 100,000 people are admitted …

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Truth About It

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Share Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disorder that affects 400,000 people in the UK alone, especially women and can start at any age. In RA, the body attacks its own tissues, producing inflammation. It often begins in mid-life and may be linked to genetic factors as well as environmental factors; for example, smoking, intake of alcohol, red meat and …

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Menopause Fit, Early or Late

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Share There are three distinct stages to the menopause. First comes the peri-menopause the run-up to periods stopping forever. This is when our oestrogen levels start to fall and we experience the most severe and recognised symptoms of menopause. It lasts an average of five years. Menopause itself is the actual stopping of our periods and the time thereafter is …

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Diabetes Health, is it a Crime to Care?

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Share Staying healthy can sound pretty complicated, with advice changing frequently — do this, eat that, never try those. So we asked a group of health specialists to give us their single most important piece of advice, especially for diabetes health. The Optometrist – WEAR SUNGLASSES You should be as cautious with your eyes around sunlight as you are with …

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Hereditary Haemochromatosis, the Rusting Disease

Hereditary Haemochromatosis

Share You may not realise you have hereditary haemochromatosis (HC) until you’re middle-aged, because the symptoms take years to develop and losing iron during periods slows it down for women. It’s caused by a double dose of abnormal gene variants (one from each parent) and triggers a progressive build-up of iron in the liver and other body organs, that can …

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