It’s worth remembering that unfortunately no amount of antibiotics will get rid of your cold or flu. The best defence is immunisation. Flu vaccines will be available, usually from late March, watch out for updates.
Taking unnecessary antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance which is now a big problem world-wide. Hospital doctors are facing patients with “super bugs” which are very difficult to treat.
There is some very good information on the Ministry of Health’s website about how antibiotics work and how antibiotic resistance develops: Please see here: https://www.health.govt.nz/…/medicati…/antibiotic-resistance
It’s amazing how inter-related health conditions can be, and how having one can make another worse.
Last week we talked about High Blood Pressure and how it increases the risk of both heart attacks and strokes. But did you know that having Diabetes can also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke?
Diabetes is an illness where you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. This can either happen quite suddenly in the case of Type 1 Diabetes, which is usually diagnosed in children or adolescents, or Type 2 Diabetes which occurs gradually over time and is often associated with being overweight.
Some of the symptoms for Diabetes include:
* Frequent urination (peeing)
* Excessive thirst and hunger
* Blurred vision
* Slow-healing wounds
If you think you may have diabetes please make sure to make an appointment to see your GP. Ph 09 2359102