Health Tips

colonoscopyColonoscopy is a procedure which can be used to detect if there is any swollen or irritated tissue in the body, an ulcer, or if polyps are growing in the bowel. It is involved in the diagnosis of health conditions such as Crohn's disease, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, and bowel cancer.

Why Might Someone Need a Colonoscopy?

A person might need a colonoscopy because they have bowel symptoms which the doctor wants to investigate or because of a precautionary bowel cancer screening program. It is a very effective procedure for identifying any issues or areas of concern. A specialist uses a tiny camera that can easily see if there is any irritated tissue or growth across the lining of your large bowel so that they can identify the problem and then remove it if needed.

cataractsCataracts are usually diagnosed in people over the age of 40 and are the most common cause of loss of vision. Cataracts occur when changes in the lens of the eye cause it to become less transparent. This ultimately will result in a clouding or misting of the patient's vision.

Causes of Cataracts

There are a number of causes of cataracts, but the most common is age. As we get older, our eyes can form layers of proteins on the lens, which then clump together causing what we call Cataracts. When the lens is affected it is unable to pass the light to the retina as it should, which then distorts our vision.

diabetesWhat is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. The amount of glucose in the body is too high because the body cannot use it properly. Glucose is broken down in the body after we eat, and is moved around the body by insulin released from the pancreas. Having some of the signs of diabetes doesn't mean you are diabetic, but you should contact your GP, to make sure. Diabetes, when left untreated, can cause serious health complications.

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 (no insulin) and Type 2 (insulin that doesn't do what it is supposed to). They are different conditions and have separate causes, but both need to be taken seriously and diagnosed, treated and managed properly.