Get moving to lower your risk of chronic disease

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Beyond the well-known benefits of weight management and helping maintain strength, balance, and flexibility, regular exercise can also help reduce the occurrence of a host of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, breast cancer, and heart disease.

One study found that regular physical activity was associated with a risk reduction of 75% for breast cancer, 49% for cardiovascular and heart disease, 35% for diabetes, and 22% for colorectal cancer.[1] For people already suffering from a chronic condition, it’s also important to work up a sweat a few times a week because regular physical activity helps manage symptoms and improves overall health. Here’s how exercise can help in the prevention and management of some of the most common chronic conditions. Diabetes Research has shown that consistent physical activity, along with other healthy lifestyle habits (such as maintaining a healthful diet) can help Read more

Best Doctors help save Clive’s eyesight and control his condition

Clive, Best Doctors Member

Name: Clive

Age: 56 Reason for contacting Best Doctors: Seeking consultation regarding diagnosis and prognosis following peripheral vision loss

Best Doctors expert specialty: Ophthalmology  

“I’m really grateful for everything Best Doctors has done for me because I really believe they have saved my sight.”

Clive was leading a healthy life and enjoying a fulfilling career at a prestigious wealth management company. Like many individuals, Clive was myopic (short sighted) and in 2013 he underwent cataract surgery which was successful and he recovered with no complications. However, in 2015 Clive developed acute posterior vitreous detachment in his right eye which is caused by the vitreous gel in the eye tugging on the retina. Clive’s detachment was complicated by a superior retinal horseshoe tear, also referred to as flap or U-shaped tears, are full thickness breaks in the neurosensory retina. He received retinopexy laser treatment to control his Read more

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE: ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

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Antibiotics are a miracle of modern medicine, contributing to the control of infectious diseases and saving countless lives.

But too much of a good thing has led to a global problem. The misuse of these drugs by health workers and patients has accelerated the pace of antibiotic resistance, one of the greatest threats to global health and development.

Patients and those working within the healthcare industry need to work together to contain this growing problem. For health professionals, this means being judicious when it comes to prescribing and dispensing antibiotics. For individuals, this means helping to prevent infection through a variety of measures (such as vaccinations and regular hand washing) while being responsible about the use of antibiotics. The repercussions of antibiotic resistance are wide-ranging— a decreased ability to treat infection and illnesses in people, animals and plants can lead to increased illness and death, increased cost and length of treatments, and increased side effects from the use of Read more