Not all of us are doctors, but we all have health-related questions. Many turn to Google for the answers, but that can be overwhelming with the plethora of information. Most importantly, how does one verify its legitimacy? The easiest option would be to ask a doctor, but doctors have quite a lot on their hands, so we decided to ask them for you. We’ve selected a few frequently asked questions and took the best answers from doctors.
Why is it dangerous to not tell your doctor the full truth about your alcohol consumption?
The stigma around alcohol consumption does indeed affect treatment. It’s important to remember that your doctor has your best interest and health in mind. With that out of your mind, let’s dissect this.
Alcohol consumption is a spectrum. People who consume alcohol do it for various reasons, but it’s important to monitor how much you consume otherwise you could be putting your health at risk. Excess consumption does affect your body holistically. Yes, it’s also about the mind. With this in mind, doctors need to know your true consumption so they can guide you and monitor whether your drinking is becoming excessive or if you’re reaching a point of addiction because alcohol affects your mental health quite significantly.
If your doctor knows what you’re putting in your body, they’re in a better position to provide you with the best and most effective treatment.
What’s the difference between normal PMS and ‘needs meds’ PMS? (How do you know if your PMS is normal?)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is completely normal. Many women feel different a week or so before they get their periods. They may get depressed, cry often, feel angry, get acne, have tender breasts, feel sleepy, have less energy, and feel heavy or bloated. However, if your PMS symptoms are so extreme that they stop you from doing your normal routine, or if they affect the way that you relate to the people in your life, you may have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is a more severe form of PMS.
The idea behind Movember is to create a movement to encourage people to donate and contribute to communities and charities that support saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate and testicular cancer.
The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programmes. To date, four million moustaches have been grown worldwide.
The most common cancers affecting men are prostate and testicular cancer and there is not much of a conversation about it. Join the movement and do what you can to help the fight against prostate and testicular cancer!
Greek yogurt is filled with probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that can help boost your immune system and decrease stomach issues, such as diarrhea and pain. Wait for it, there’s more! It’s also a great source of protein, especially if you need to avoid meat. If you enjoy chia seeds, add 2 tablespoons of them for a protein and fiber boost. Because your body can’t produce calcium on its own, greek yogurt is great because it’s high in calcium. Calcium is key to building strong muscles and helping your vital organs function. Your body also doesn’t produce calcium on its own. People who are vegetarian usually lack vitamin B-12 because the vitamin is naturally found in animal products, such as fish, meat, and eggs. The great thing is that Greek yogurt is an excellent, meat-free way to add more to your diet.
There are so many more benefits, read more about them here.
These are just a few questions commonly asked, but fear not, we’ll be bringing you more answers to your questions in the future. Stay posted!