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Cholesterol

Cholesterol

A lot is heard these days about cholesterol and how we have levels that are too high, that is good and bad cholesterol and that we should avoid it in our diet. Cholesterol is a fairly fatty substance that is essential for many metabolic processes. It is normally produced by the liver, but a substantial proportion is derived from our diet. Cholesterol is an essential food substance and our bodies are generally good at manufacturing it, so there is little need derive extra cholesterol from the diet of animal fats. Cholesterol is essential building block for membranes, hormones, bile and of course Vitamin D. Without bile we would not be able to digest any vegetable oils or fats.

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Diabetic Drugs

 

A brief update in the non-insulin drugs used to treat mature onset diabetes.

Firstly, the well established drugs.

One of the first group of drugs used to treat mature onset diabetes are a group of anti-diabetic drugs call Sulphonylureas.

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Movember 1

 

Movember : Men's Health

Why do men who seem to face most of the life’s problems, become cowards when it comes to their health? Some will use any excuse to not see a doctor and not face up to their health issues. 

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IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is also known as ulcerative colitis. It is a long term chronic inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the large intestine. Known also as IBD, it should never be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which is a sensitive bowel that reacts to some foods and diets.
IBD is a chronic problem and can often lead to hospitalisation. The cause is generally unknown but it is suggested that it may be a defect in the body’s immune system. This has lead to the use of TNF blockers as treatments.

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Movember 2

 

BPH - Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

As part of the Movember focusing on men's health, I would like to focus on BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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