Health24 recently conducted a comprehensive survey into the health of every-day South Africans. The survey was sponsored by FedHealth Medical Aid and conducted exclusively online. The survey was completed by over 10 000 South Africans with a female response rate of 63% and 37% male. Overall – South Africans believe they are in good health. They also believe that they have a definite understanding of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. The more detailed results, however, tend to paint another picture. One in four of the respondents smoke. Happily, of those, three in four want to stop. This is higher than the global average of 21%, and in addition, 22% of the female entrants smoke, compared to the global average of just 7%. One in three of those surveyed don’t drink while 10% of the respondents are concerned about their drinking. 91% want to get in better shape for summer and while overall they don’t think they eat too much sugar, salt or fat, just over half think they eat too many carbs. One in five have tried Banting, but 60% have not tried any diets. While generally South Africans seem to feel they are healthy, there is very little to show for proactive health care. Only 19% of the women surveyed had recently had a mammogram. Overall, entrants were not up to date with the recommended screening tests, with the exception of blood glucose. 40% rarely, if ever, take medication, but one in four are on prescribed chronic medication – which equates to 25% of the respondents who are likely dealing with the lifelong management of a disease. 83% have a GP they see regularly, but only 56% of women have a gynaecologist. Stress and well-being came up as factors affecting ordinary South Africans. Only 54% say they sleep well. 34% find themselves waking up during the night. The average stress level is 5.8 out of 10, the average mood is 6.7 out of 10. Men rate themselves as about 10% healthier, happier and less stressed than women. . . .
Making the most of dialysis time at National Renal Care’s new Hillcrest premises Unit capacity increases threefold to meet demand for services Thursday, 29 October 2015, Given the fast pace of life these days, it is difficult to imagine how end-stage renal disease patients manage to find 12 hours every week for the life-saving dialysis treatment they need. Freelance journalist and National Renal Care (NRC) Hillcrest patient Ayanda Nkosi, 32, says that dialysis has become a part of life, which she has had to learn to embrace. “I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure last year July and it has been one of the most difficult experiences in my life, but also one of the most enlightening,” she explains. Ayanda has three dialysis sessions, each lasting four hours, per week at the NRC unit within the Hillcrest Private Hospital. NRC first established a unit at the hospital in 2013, but recently tripled its capacity when it moved to a larger suite in the hospital. “That’s twelve hours of my week spent undergoing dialysis. To some people, this might seem unimaginable and I am often asked what I do to pass the time during my therapy.” While many patients read a book or take a nap during haemodialysis, the majority make the most of the time by socialising with their fellow patients. “As we dialyse in groups, there is always a chance to meet and socialise with other people. The setup of our beds allows for interaction between patients so that no one feels isolated.” Up to 40 patients can be treated at the new unit, which offers haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and the Healthy Start programme, as well as dialysis for isolation patients requiring infection control measures. Haemodialysis is a life-saving procedure for people with kidney function impairment, involving a dialysis machine filtering the blood by providing an artificial purifying mechanism when their kidneys can no longer eliminate dangerous toxins from their bodies. Peritoneal dialysis is . . .
Willowbridge Shopping Centre together with Goji Spa and The Barnyard Theatre hosted a breakfast on Monday 26 October 2015, to raise awareness around breast cancer. Prof Justus Apffelstaedt, Head of the Breast Clinic at Tygerberg Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Stellenbosch will be giving a talk on “What you always wanted to know about Breast Cancer and were too afraid to ask”. The talk was open to the public and around 40 women were in attendance. All of the funds raised at the event were donated to the Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic Transport Fund. “About 50 women per month are diagnosed with breast cancer at the Clinic and 70% of them have a very low income - if they have one at all. Although treatment costs are covered by Government, their transport costs to and from the hospital for regular radiotherapy sessions often become a barrier to entry.” Says Apffelstaedt. “We are always grateful for any donations made to the Transport Fund and every bit goes a long way.” Professor Apffelstaedt debunked common myths and misconceptions that women have around breast cancer; the audience was engaged and asked many questions which were answered frankly. It became a safe space for the women to ask the questions they were always too shy or scared to ask. “As part of our on-going commitment to help less fortunate women diagnosed with breast cancer, all proceeds of the breakfast will go towards making a difference to women at Tygerberg Hospital’s Breast Clinic, and we are happy to donate the R2100 raised at the event”, says Karen Fox of Goji Spa. “Our hope was that this talk would make a difference for those already suffering from the disease, as well as for the ladies who still have a chance to prevent it.” “Out of the 40 or so ladies in attendance today, 5 of you already have breast cancer or will develop breast cancer. That is how prevalent this chronic disease is, so we need to ensure that all women are empowered with every . . .
Ever wondered what separates the best from the rest? If you want to excel in anything, discipline and determination need to be at the top of your list. It's been said that if you make your passion your career, you will never feel like you are working. So if you are passionate about health and fitness, and want to become a top personal trainer, you will be driven always to progress and improve. So what does it take to get to the top of the personal training field? 1. Be organised, professional and follow the necessary procedures, health screenings and tests. 2. Do not cut corners to try and get clients faster results. Be ethical: put your clients' health and well-being first. 3. Find new ways to keep workouts interesting and your clients motivated. This will not only benefit them but will also help you keep them in the long term. 4. Be firm during sessions. Your client pays you for results, not counselling sessions or to catch up on the latest gossip. Save the chit-chats about the dog, the kids or last night's TV schedule for afterwards. 5. Give every client your undivided attention. Put your phone away and pay attention! Your client is paying you for your time after all. 6. Be the embodiment of health and fitness. You might know your textbook back to front, but unless you look the part prospective clients will not have faith that you can help them. 7. Stay knowledgeable. By reading every day, you can keep up to date with fitness trends and the latest research findings. Continue to complete short courses and broaden your knowledge in your field of expertise. 8. Learn how to read people and actively listen to your clients. A large part of the job comes down to people skills - master this and you will be sure to build good, lasting relationships with your clients. 9. Market yourself. Social media is an excellent, free tool you should use. Create your own website and keep testimonials as well as before-and-after photos. This goes a long way to instil . . .
Kriel Technology Group (Pty) Ltd introduces the Checkme Pro Health Monitor to Southern Africa. An ECG machine the size of a business card? Crazy! Nope, innovation is here to amaze all of us. Innovative, advanced and versatile electronic monitoring device, the Checkme Pro is a ‘must have’ for today’s health conscious people aiming to live healthy lifestyles. On the classic Star Trek TV series, the Enterprise crew carried “tricorders” that were multipurpose scanner and analysis devices. Dr. McCoy had a special version that could diagnose injuries and disease. Now a Chinese company has released a multi-function health monitor that comes close to rivaling the Star Trek’s gear. The Checkme from Kriel Technology Group is a Swiss Army knife of home diagnostic tools; it may not be a wearable device but it is small enough to carry in a pocket. The Checkme Pro fuses functionalities of several monitoring devices into one compact hand held monitor, representing an ‘all in one’ revolutionary approach to health awareness. Call it the “Pocket Doctor” if you wish. A daily check of the measurements below takes approximately 20 seconds. The device is controlled via its touchscreen that displays all the charts and numbers. The user can record a voice memo to save along with the readings as a reminder of what was happening around the time of the test. The device has Bluetooth connectivity and comes with an iOS and Android app that can be used to pass on the readings to one’s doctor or family members. Checkme Pro performs several monitoring functions: ECG monitor – with or without leads Pulse oximeter Thermometer Systolic Blood Pressure Monitor Daily check – all measurements done at once Sleep monitor Pedometer (step counter) Calendar and clock Reminder The Checkme Pro Health Monitor is perfect for use by families at home. It is also suitable for use in professional settings, such as clinics and care institutions. Portable, multifunctional and easy to . . .
Willowbridge Shopping Centre together with Goji Spa and The Barnyard Theatre will be hosting a ladies breakfast on Monday 26 October at 9:00am, to raise awareness around breast cancer. Prof Justus Apffelstaedt, Head of the Breast Clinic at Tygerberg Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Stellenbosch will be giving a talk on “What you always wanted to know about Breast Cancer and were too afraid to ask”. The talk is open to the public and all funds raised will be donated to the Tygerberg Breast Clinic Transport Fund. “50 women per month are diagnosed with breast cancer at the Clinic and 70% of them have a very low income - if they have one at all. Although treatment costs are covered by Government, their transport costs to and from the hospital for regular radiotherapy sessions often become a barrier to entry.” Says Apffelstaedt. “As part of our on-going commitment to help less fortunate women diagnosed with breast cancer, all proceeds of the breakfast will go towards making a difference to women at Tygerberg Hospital’s Breast Clinic”, says Karen Fox of Goji Spa. The breakfast will include a continental breakfast, a goodie bag, a hand treatment and some amazing spot prizes. Tickets cost R100 each and seats are limited to 50 ladies only. To book your seat call us on 021-949 0685 or email us on email@example.com. Author: Kerryn Lloyd CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Netcare Media Statement The women who want to eat clay Uterine fibroids “a major women’s health issue in SA” Tuesday, 20 October 2015 Prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, back and leg pains, pain during sex, feelings of exhaustion and even a strange urge to eat clay; these are just some of the troubling, even debilitating, symptoms that affect many of the hundreds of thousands of South African women who suffer from uterine fibroids. Dr Gary Sudwarts, an interventional radiologist who performs uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE) procedures at Netcare Park Lane and Netcare Linksfield hospitals in Johannesburg, as well as at UCT Private Academic Hospital in Cape Town, describes uterine fibroids as a major women’s health issue in South Africa. “This is a medical condition that warrants much greater attention and awareness than it currently receives, particularly as more and more effective treatment options are becoming available. Many South African women are silently suffering devastating symptoms as a result of untreated uterine fibroids. In addition, every year many thousands of women in South Africa have a hysterectomy, a major surgical procedure to remove the entire uterus, due to severe uterine fibroids.” Uterine fibroids are muscular, non-cancerous tumours that develop in the walls of the uterus. They most commonly, although not exclusively, develop in women in their 30s and 40s. Internationally, 20% of women have fibroids although this number is likely to be much higher in South Africa. “I began to experience long, irregular periods with heavy bleeding that could last as long as 12 days,” relates Bernadette Chiponda, a 39-year-old woman from Johannesburg, who says she also inexplicably suddenly started putting on weight and suffering migraines a year ago. “I would do one single chore around the house and feel completely drained. Fibroids were draining the energy and joy from my life. I often suffered migraines and my work as . . .
Good oral health helps maintain wellness in people living with HIV/Aids Good oral hygiene advised to help stave off infections Tooth decay, gum disease and a range of oral problems can make life very uncomfortable for anyone who suffers from them. People living with HIV, however, should be particularly vigilant as oral health problems can take a serious toll on their health and potentially be very dangerous. Acting chief executive officer for Agility Global Health Solutions Africa (Agility Africa), Dr Jacques Snyman, says that maintaining oral health is important for the overall health of the whole body. “Firstly, pain or discomfort in the mouth can make it difficult to eat, which may result in an individual not getting the nutrients they need to fight infections and stay healthy.” Oral infections can also have serious implications for the health of the rest of the body. “When we have an infection in the mouth, gum disease for example, the germs may enter the blood stream from small mouth lesions. In patients with compromised immune systems, these bacteria may infect other parts of the body,” Dr Snyman explains. “Infection in the mouth, like any infection, places additional strain on the body – particularly for patients living with HIV. Mouth infections can even affect the valves of the heart, which again increases the risk of stroke. It is therefore imperative to have these treated as soon as possible.” There is a range oral health conditions that people living with HIV, in particular, should be aware of, including: • Hairy leukoplakia This condition is characterised by a whitish benign lesion on the tongue and, as its name suggests, the patch has a corrugated, “hairy” or shaggy appearance. Dr Snyman says: “The same type of virus that is associated with glandular fever causes hairy leukoplakia and, while this condition is not harmful in itself, those who have it may have concerns about it being visible. Some antiretroviral medications can . . .
The 5th National Cupcake Day, for kids with cancer, took place at Eastgate Shopping Centre on the 26th of September in the Mr Price Home Court. The annual event, which was hosted by Cupcakes of HOPE, raised a total donation of R37 341, 50. Over thirty volunteers assisted to sell over 3000 cupcakes in support of the community-driven project. Dressed in colourful pink shirts and crowns, selling delicious cupcakes beautifully displayed on trays and tables, the volunteers created a positive attraction in the court, raising awareness for National Cupcake Day and support for the cause. Cupcakes for HOPE is a Non-Profit organisation that aims to raise awareness for families in need of medical assistance. Linda Sophocleous, Fundraiser for Cupcakes for HOPE, thanked Eastgate Shopping Centre and its volunteers: ‘Each and every one of you is truly special and amazing, and you’ve made a difference in someone’s life today.’ Photo Credits: Cupcake Angels in Mr Price Home Court in Eastgate Shopping Centre. For more information contact the Marketing Department on 011 479 6000. Keep up with Eastgate Shopping Centre’s latest news, stylish trends, promotions and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Eastgate website. About Cupcakes of HOPE Cupcakes of HOPE is a Non-Profit Company that aims to raise awareness and funding for familes in need of medical assistance. For more information, visit www.cupcakesofhope.org. About National Cupcake Day The annual event is a community-driven project hosted by Cupcakes of Hope. This year the focus is on Childhood Cancer Awareness. For more information, visit www.cupcakesofhope.org. Author: Gerda Martin from DTMSA. Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact DTMSA. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre – “CapeMAC” based in Plattekloof, Cape Town now offers a non-surgical facelift treatment using SILHOUETTE SOFT® skin sutures/threads. The treatment is designed especially for patients unhappy about facial aging, but who do not want to undergo major surgery. The number of people demanding less invasive cosmetic procedures has increased substantially around the world, and South Africa is no different. The SILHOUETTE SOFT® suture/thread lift was recently launched in South Africa by Genop Healthcare and now complements the comprehensive range of non-invasive or minimally invasive medical aesthetics skin, body, hair and face treatment options available for patients at CapeMAC. The minimally invasive procedure, often referred to as “the non-surgical facelift”, is a good option for patients who do not want to undergo traditional facelift surgery, but who still wish to give their face a ”lift” by tightening up those drooping cheeks, eyebrows, neck and other areas of the body thereby achieving a more younger and fresher appearance. The procedure can also help younger men and women to slow down the effects of skin aging. “The new SILHOUETTE SOFT® anti-ageing skin sutures have special anchoring points along their course, which are inserted just under the skin to re-suspend and elevate the soft tissues;” explains Dr Manoj Bagwandeen, Managing Director and Principal Medical Aesthetics Practitioner at the Centre. “The procedure is less invasive; less time-consuming; more cost-effective and offers a quicker recovery period for patients than a traditional facelift. It also does not require major anaesthesia or any hospital stay.” Dr Bagwandeen further explains that the procedure can take as little as 30/45 minutes, with patients being able to return home a short while thereafter, with a refreshed and rejuvenated look. Patients at CapeMAC can choose to have the thread lift treatment performed either as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction . . .