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December 14, 2017

vasi - men's health check Health screening is an important part of disease prevention. There are many screening tests and examinations that healthy men can undertake to help with detection of diseases such as cancer. Your General Practitioner is well placed to carry out some of these tests, refer you to have other tests, or to advise you on some of  the self-checks you can be doing to monitor your health. One of the key roles of your GP is to prevent disease, so they will be only too happy to help you. The recommendations below often refer to screening for the general population – for men with specific risk factors for a particular disease the recommendations may be different. Your GP will be able to advise you if you are in any doubt.

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December 10, 2017

  vasi - steroidsCorticosteroids Corticosteroids are a synthetic man-made drug which closely resembles cortisol, a hormone naturally produced from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is essential for health and wellbeing. During stress, the body produces extra cortisol to prevent it from becoming sick. When cortisol is released into the bloodstream, it proceeds to act on different parts of the body and helps with: the body’s response to stress or danger, reducing inflammation, controlling blood pressure, influencing memory formation, controlling salt and water balance, and increasing the body’s metabolism of glucose. Common corticosteroid medications include prednisone, prednisolone, cortisone, hydrocortisone, and methylprednisolone. While steroids are commonly associated with bodybuilders and people who aim to illegally increase l

December 7, 2017

1. Bring healthy snacks and a small bottle of water. You may have an unexpected delay. 2. Keeps your shoes on during flight. You’ll end up with swollen feet due to the low air pressure and it will be uncomfortable when you put them back on. 3. Dress in Layers. You can always take off or on depending on how cold or hot the plane temperature is. 4. Keep your nasal passages and ears clear. Take a decongestant 24 hours before your flight. 5. Chew or Swallow during take-off and landing. This will equalise the pressure in your middle ear. 6. Drink herbal tea. Take a herbal teabag and ask a flight attendant for hot water. Tea will soothe travel jitters. 7. Don’t sit with your legs crossed. Prop feet in your carry-on bag. 8. Stay hydrated. Water is the best drink during flights. Stay away from alcohol or caffeinated drinks. 9. Buy a pair of flight socks (compression stockings). Helps prevent (DVT) deep vein thrombosis, relieves aching le

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December 3, 2017

The Purpose of VASI Centre

VASI Founder and Owner Vicki Oliver speaks about the intention of VASI Centre.

November 23, 2017

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November 15, 2017

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VITAMIN D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds, including Vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3, which are obtained from sun exposure, foods, and supplements. Unfortunately, it is only naturally present in very few foods, but can be found added to certain foods and drinks, or as a supplement. It is produced when ultraviolet B rays from sunlight come into contact with the skin and trigger Vitamin D synthesis. Scientifically, ultraviolet rays with a wavelength of 290 – 320 nanometres penetrate the uncovered skin and convert cutaneous 7-dehydrocholesterol to previtamin D3, which in turn becomes Vitamin D3. UV radiation does not penetrate glass so sunshine through a window will not produce Vitamin D. This is the same with sunscreen and clothing. This vitamin is biologically inert and requires two hydroxyl

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October 3, 2017

Tonsillitis can be defined as the swelling of the tonsils due to infection.

The tonsils are the two small pads of glandular tissue found at each side of the back of the throat that act as part of the immune system. They work by producing antibodies and white blood cells which then attack the germs found inside the mouth. The tonsils are essentially the body’s first line of defense against airborne bacteria, pathogens, or germs found in food, and act to block these from invading the body once they enter through the mouth or nose. As the tonsils always come into contact with outside particles, they are often inflamed or enlarged, usually without a problem. Tonsillitis occurs when there is an influx of bacteria or other germs and the tonsils can’t handle the workload and become overwhelmed, resulting in them becoming very inflamed and infected themselves.

Causes of Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis can be caused by either bacteria or viruses, some of which commonly include: Streptococcus bacteria, adenoviruses, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, Epstei

September 25, 2017

Cellulite is defined as subcutaneous fat that causes the dimpling of the skin, due to the fat pushing through connective tissue above. It isn’t harmful, but many people wish to get rid of it for aesthetic reasons. This condition affects 90% of women over their lifetime.   Cellulite can occur in both skinny and overweight people and is more common among women than men because they carry their weight more around their thighs and buttocks. It usually occurs around the thighs, buttocks, and sometimes the upper arm areas. The condition is also less noticeable on darker skin. Loss of circulation is one of the main causes of cellulite.

CAUSES:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Total body fat/being overweight
  • Hormonal changes
  • Aging
  • Dehydration
  • Changes in metabolism
  • Poor diet
  • Stress (causes production of catecholamine which is associated with the development of cellulite)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor circulation
  • Smoking (reduces blood vessel flow and weakens collagen)

September 20, 2017

MIGRAINES

Definition:a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.’ – Wikipedia These headaches can last from 4 – 72 hours and will worsen with normal activity.Migraines commonly start from childhood and are most frequent in people in their 20s and 30s. They usually occur less frequently from the age 40 and onwards.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain is one sided
  • Pain occurs behind the eye/eyes
  • Moderate to severe
  • Throbbing
  • Aggravated by movement
  • Excessive yawning
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, noise, and smell
  • Affected vision (such as an aura)
  • Vertigo or double vision
  • Problems with articulation and coordination
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Tingling, pins, and needles, or numbness
  • Speech disturbance
  • Paralysis or loss of consciousness (rare)
  • Lasts between 4 – 72 hours

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