Antioxidant ingredients in the drink are good for the heart: Drinking tea ‘cuts risk of dying early by a quarter’

A study involving 131,401 people attending the Paris IPC Preventive Medicine Centre between January 2001 and December 2008, aged 18 to 95 and at low risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), shows that drinking tea can reduce the risk of dying from causes related to the heart by a quarter.

The benefits of tea are largely due to the presence of flavonoids, antioxidant ingredients that are thought to be good for the heart. Study leader Professor Nicolas Danchin said previous research showed ‘divergent’ effects of tea and coffee on heart health. He added, however: ‘If you have to choose between tea and coffee, it’s probably better to drink tea.’

The results from the study were based on an assessment of individuals’ coffee or tea consumption habits by a questionnaire and classified into three categories: those who drank more and less than four cups a day. The researchers found that coffee drinkers had a higher Cardiovascular risk profile than non-tea drinkers, and a tendency for smoking, with 57 per cent of those drinking more than four cups per day being smokers. Non-coffee drinkers were more physically active, with 45 per cent having a good level of physical activity compared with 41 per cent of the heavy coffee drinkers.

Tea had a marked effect on blood pressure, with a significant reduction in the heavy tea drinkers, compared with non-drinkers. Professor Danchin said: ‘Overall we tend to have a higher cardiovascular risk profile for coffee drinkers and a lower risk profile for tea drinkers. We also found big gender differences. ‘Men tend to drink coffee much more than women, while women tend to drink more tea than men.’ (Read more here) The study displayed a trend towards tea drinking lowering the risk of cardiovascular deaths but after adjusting for age, gender and smoking, the effect was not statistically significant. However, the risk of non-cardiovascular death was found to be reduced by a quarter for tea drinkers, compared with those who consumed no tea at all.

The study was not extensive in regards to the types of tea being consumed, or whether individuals were adding milk to their beverages. Participants of the study were simply asked how much tea they drank per day.

Cardiovascular disease is very serious and can in many cases become life threatening. It is estimated that CVD is responsible for around 1 in 3 premature deaths in men a number which falls to an estimated 1 in 5 in women. Various forms of CVD could easily be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes early on in life, such as eating a healthy diet, regularly exercising and stopping smoking.

Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a large team of cardiology specialists who can offer their expert services and diagnostics for patients with CVD and other related issues such as chest pains and suspected disturbance of heart rhythm. Not only can we provide the very best care and treatment but we also offer screenings and risk assessment for those who may be at risk from cardiovascular disease.

To find out more information or to book an appointment with our specialist consultants please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling: 020 8942 6555.

 

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A quick look at Asthma

Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause a cough, wheezing, and breathlessness. The severity of the symptoms can vary in different people, however it can be controlled well in most people most of the time. In the UK alone, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma. 1 in every 12 adults and 1 in every 11 children are diagnosed and having treatment. In adults it is more common for women to have asthma than men.

So, what is asthma?
Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. The bronchi, small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs, are inflamed and therefore more sensitive than those in people who don’t have the condition.

There are specific triggers (such as dust and animal fur) that can be set off when an asthma sufferer comes into contact with them, which will irritate the lungs, narrowing a person’s airways, tightening the surrounding muscles leading to the production of sticky mucus. This will result in difficulty in breathing, wheezing and coughing and a tight chest.

What form can the symptoms take?
The most severe symptoms that can occur are commonly known as an asthma attack or an ‘acute asthma exacerbation’. During an asthma attack, the muscles of a person’s airways go into spasm, leading to extreme difficulty in breathing, coughing, distress and can also lead to difficulty speaking and hypoxia (discolouration due to lack of oxygen in the blood stream). Asthma attacks may require hospital treatment and can sometimes be life-threatening, although this is rare.

For some people who suffer with chronic asthma, the long-term inflammation of the airways may lead to more permanent narrowing.

There is a chance, if a child is diagnosed with asthma, that the symptoms may disappear during their teenage years however, the condition may then return in adulthood.  Asthma does not only start in young people but can develop at any age.

What causes asthma?
The cause of asthma is still not fully understood, although it is known to run in families. A child is more likely to have asthma if one or both of their parents is known to have the condition.

There are many common triggers that are known to irritate the airways and bring on the symptoms of asthma. These triggers differ for every person though the most common include house dust mites, animal fur, pollen, tobacco smoke, exercise, cold air and chest infections.

Asthma can also be made worse by certain activities in the work environment (e.g. the use of latex), as well as environment effects caused by specific seasons throughout the year – this particular condition is known as seasonal asthma.

Treating asthma
While there is currently no cure for asthma, there are a number of treatments that can help individuals effectively control the condition. Treatment is based on two important goals: to both relieve the symptoms and prevent future symptoms from developing.

Treatment and prevention of asthma involves a combination of medicines, lifestyle advice, and avoiding potential triggers once they have been established.  It is important to take medication (usually in the form of an inhaler) as prescribed, even if symptoms are reduced. Taking the preventer medication every day will help keep the condition under control and can reduce the likelihood of asthma attacks. It is also vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health.

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have highly experienced specialists that can provide the best treatment and care for respiratory conditions such as Asthma. If you feel you need advice and help managing your respiratory condition or you are yet to be diagnosed but believe you have the symptoms, please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling: 020 8942 6555, or to find out more information book an appointment with our specialist consultants Dr John Collins  and Dr Farid Bazari.

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Introducing Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term that is used to describe a number of conditions which affect the heart and circulatory system. There are four main types of cardiovascular disease which include coronary heart disease (i.e. angina or heart attack), stroke, peripheral arterial disease and aortic disease. Below you can find a quick guide explaining some of the differences between conditions and how you can take steps to ensure wellbeing, and reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease later in life.

Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is currently the UK’s single biggest killer and occurs when the heart’s blood supply is blocked by a build-up of fatty substances in the surrounding arteries. This will consequently the flow of blood which is being pumped by the heart. This effect can lead to chest pains, and can result in a heart attack if a coronary artery becomes completely blocked.

Stroke

A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is restricted. Like all organs, the brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients in order function properly. This is provided by the blood, so if blood flow is restricted or stopped, brain cells can begin to die, leading to a number of serious symptoms, such as limited mobility, slurred speech, brain damage and in some extreme cases death.

A stroke is therefore a medical emergency and it is essential to get prompt treatment. The sooner a person receives treatment, the less damage is likely to occur. The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the acronym “FAST” which stands for:

  • Face – if a person’s mouth or eye has drooped or they are unable to smile
  • Arms – a person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift their arm and keep it raised
  • Speech – a person who is suffering a stroke may experience slurred speech patterns or they may not be able to talk at all
  • Time – it is essential that if you spot any of the above symptoms not to hesitate, and contact medical professionals immediately

Peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common problem in the UK which affects about 9% of the population and occurs when there is a blockage in a person’s arteries restricting blood flow to the limbs, although of this number only about a quarter will experience related symptoms. As PAD tends to affect the legs rather than the arms, the most common symptom is pain when walking, and usually occurs in the thighs, hips or calves.

Aortic disease

The aorta is the largest blood vessel found in humans and carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. When affected by the condition, a person’s aorta can split (known as dissection) or dilate (aneurysm), which is where the wall of the aorta becomes weak and bulges outwards. Aortic disease will usually lead to a person experiencing extreme pain in the chest, back or abdomen and a rupture may have fatal results.

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is very serious and can be life threatening. Most deaths caused by cardiovascular disease are premature and could easily be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes early on in life, such as eating a healthy diet, regularly exercising and stopping smoking.

Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a large team of cardiology specialists who can offer their expert services and diagnostics for patients with cardiovascular disease and other related issues such as chest pains and suspected disturbance of heart rhythm. Not only can we provide the very best care and treatment but we also offer screenings and risk assessment for CVD.

To find out more information or to book an appointment with our specialist consultants visit our website , or please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling: 020 8942 6555.

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Overactive Bladder Syndrome (OBS)

Overactive bladder syndrome (OBS) is a medical condition that results from sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle in the wall of a person’s urinary bladder. The condition causes a sudden and unstoppable need to urinate, even though the bladder may only contain a small amount of urine.

While overactive bladder syndrome is more common among older people, some studies have suggested that as many as one in five women over the age of 40 could suffer from the condition, and subsequently benefit from medical treatment. It is thought that between 12-18% of the adult population of the UK suffer from this problem, a figure which rises to between 25-30% for the over-50 age bracket.

What are the symptoms of OBS?

As shown by the statistics within the UK, overactive bladder syndrome is increasingly commonplace. The symptoms of this condition can vary, but can include:

  • Urgency – This means that you get a sudden urgent desire to pass urine – you are not able to put off going to the toilet, regardless of how recently you may have emptied your bladder.
  • Frequency – This means going to the toilet often – usually thought to be more than seven times a day. In many cases it is often a lot more than the seven-a-day average.
  • Nocturia – This means waking to go to the toilet more than once in night. You can find out more about the management of nocturia by clicking here.
  • Urge incontinence – This occurs in some cases, it is a leaking of urine before you can get to the toilet when you have a feeling of urgency.

Treatment involving bladder training can often cure the problems associated with the condition. Sometimes medication may also be advised in order to try and help relax the involuntary muscle contractions in the bladder.

What causes these symptoms?

There are specific nerves and the muscles that surround a person’s bladder which help to regulate bladder function. These can be affected by any of the following:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Surgery – prostate, pelvic, etc
  • Medication
  • Natural aging process
  • Chronic disease
  • Trauma
  • Obesity

Treatment

There are a variety of forms of treatment for OBS that include –

  • Some general lifestyle measures which may help such as the amount of fluids that are drunk, or possibly cutting out caffeine.
  • Bladder training is the main treatment. This can work well in up to half of cases.
  • Medication may be advised instead of, or in addition to, bladder training.
  • Pelvic floor exercises may also be advised in some cases.
  • If the above treatments are unsuccessful there is the option of surgery.

Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre, we offer a revolutionary new treatment for this common and distressing condition. We can provide the very best surgical treatment known as Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation. This entails a minimally invasive procedure involving the insertion of a fine needle just above the ankle, close to the tibial nerve where a very small electrical current is then passed through the needle to stimulate the nerve.

Similarly, a nerve stimulating ankle patch can reduce the need for frequent trips to the loo. This innovative idea allows minimally invasive treatment and can be highly effective for people with an overactive bladder. One study suggests it can almost halve the number of times a person with OBS needs to urinate.

To find out more about this patch click here, where you can read a recent article from the Daily Mail.

To find out more information or to book an appointment with our specialist consultant Mr. Sarb Sandhu visit our website for more information, or please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling: 020 8942 6555.

 

 

 

 

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An Introduction to Atopic Eczema

Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema. It mainly affects children however it can continue into adulthood. About one in five children in the UK has eczema.

Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. Severe cases can also result in small levels of bleeding from affected areas. It is a long-term or chronic condition that can vary in severity but most people with the condition are only mildly affected. Atopic eczema commonly occurs in areas with folds of skin, such as; behind the knees, the inside of the elbows, on the side of the neck and around the eyes and ears.

So what causes atopic eczema?

As of yet the cause of atopic eczema is unknown, although it can often occur in people who also suffer from unrelated allergies. The atopy means that a person has an existing predisposition to having a hypersensitivity towards allergens, therefore it usually runs in families and can occur alongside other conditions such as asthma and hay fever.

Atopic eczema tends to clear up or significantly improve in many children as they grow older. It is unusually common among children, and can affect up to 1 in 10 children at some point in their development. Although the condition usually disappears during infancy, atopic eczema can carry onto adolescence or further into adult life. However, in the majority of cases atopic eczema is not due to an allergy.

How to treat atopic eczema

Severe cases of atopic eczema can be very difficult for infants to live with and can have a significant impact on everyday life even for adult sufferers. There are a variety of treatments that can help to control and manage eczema, such as medication and skin treatments. The main methods for treating this condition are:

  • Emollients (moisturising treatments) which can be used continuously for dry skin.
  • Topical corticosteroids which are used to reduce swelling and redness. Different strength topical corticosteroids are available for various parts of the body which may be affected.
  • Antihistamines which can help with the itching caused by atopic eczema causes.

If the eczema is not infected then certain dressings known as wet wraps may also help keep the skin moisturised and prevent scratching. Specific types of dietary control and forms of complementary medicine may also prove beneficial, but advice from a medical professional is advised for these particular eczema treatments.

There are also several simple self-help techniques that can help prevent to prevent the inflammation of infected areas such as cutting fingernails. Eczema sufferers can find the condition to be incredibly irritable and it can almost be impossible not to scratch, meaning that suitably trimmed fingernails will cause less damage to the skin and therefore lead to less chance of developing infection caused by bacteria usually found under longer fingernails. Avoiding triggers that could possibly cause flare-ups such as certain detergents and soaps is also recommended. The temperature of your house could also be a trigger – if it is known that heat can aggravate your eczema then make sure to keep the rooms in your house nice and cool.

Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre, we have a dedicated team of experienced dermatologists that can provide diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of skin conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema.  If you believe you may be affected by conditions such as Eczema, please book an appointment to see our specialist consultant Dr Klaus Misch where you will receive the upmost treatment and advice on managing your condition.

Visit our website for more information, or if you wish to speak to one of our specialist consultants please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling: 020 8942 6555.

 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Endocrinology

Endocrinology is the study of diseases caused by hormonal dysfunction. It is the medical discipline which deals with diseases related to hormones such as diabetes, particularly looking at the way that symptoms affect the coordination of metabolism, respiration, reproduction, sensory perception and movement. Endocrinology also focuses on the biosynthesis, biochemical and physiological impact that the endocrine glands and hormone concealing tissues have upon the body. The most common endocrine disorders can affect growth, metabolism, obesity as well as causing diabetes.

Hormones produced by the endocrine system have a large influence upon the correct working of your body, specifically how your heart beats, bone and tissue growth, and even a woman’s ability to have a baby. The endocrine system also plays a vital role in whether or not a person can develop diabetes, thyroid disease, growth disorders or sexual dysfunction, as well a number of other disorders affected by a person’s hormone levels.

What are the Symptoms?

There are various ways in which individuals can be affected by changes in their hormone levels, from mild and barely noticeable symptoms to the more serious, which can affect a person’s entire body. As there are so many conditions linked to the different endocrine disorders, there are specific symptoms that depend on the part of the system affected.

Diabetes and Addison’s disease are both examples of the most common endocrine disorders, however their symptoms would be very different. For example, the symptoms for Diabetes can include excessive thirst or hunger, fatigue and noticeable changes in weight; whereas Addison’s disease can lead to diarrhoea, fatigue, abdominal pains and darkened areas of skin.

Treatment

In many cases, endocrine disorders may be mild enough to not require medical intervention. As symptoms can arise from excess hormone production or a deficiency, when disorders prove to be more symptomatic, they can generally be treated by correcting the imbalance. Often, a quick diagnosis and the correct medication advised by a specialist can resolve the underlying cause of the endocrine disorder and the resultant symptoms.

While many endocrine disorders are inherited or arise for unknown reasons, some may be related to lifestyle factors that can also be changed to rectify the underlying issues. People may be able to lower their risk of developing certain endocrine disorders by maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, living a healthy lifestyle which includes regular exercise.

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we can provide the very best Endocrinology services specialising in both diagnostic and treatment solutions for all common endocrine disorders. Our specialist Endocrinologist consultant Dr Mark Spring is able to provide more detailed assessments for patients who book an appointment. You can visit our website for further contact information, or if you wish to speak to one of our specialist consultants please make an appointment by calling 020 8942 6555.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Diabetes

Diabetes is a common and potentially life threatening health condition. The chances of developing it may depend on a mix of genes, lifestyle and environmental factors. It is estimated that it effects over 347 million people worldwide, including 2.9 million people in the UK. Recent studies have found that now almost one in three adults are “on the cusp” of being diagnosed with diabetes. Additionally, there are about 29,000 children and young people in the UK with diabetes due to an increase in obesity and ‘lazier’ lifestyles.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is an incurable condition in which the body cannot control blood sugar levels, because of problems with the hormone insulin. There are two main variations of the illness, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is where the cells of the pancreas stop making insulin and Type 2 diabetes involves the pancreas cells not making enough insulin, or the body’s cells not reacting properly to it – this is also known as insulin resistance. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes

These are the common symptoms for someone with diabetes

  • passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
  • increased thirst
  • extreme tiredness
  • unexplained weight loss
  • genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
  • slow healing of cuts and wounds
  • blurred vision

As these are symptoms also common with other conditions, it is always advised to seek further medical advice if you are experiencing any of the above. Your local GP will be able to test you for diabetes and give advice on how to live with the condition.

Treatment for diabetes

The aim of any diabetes treatment is to keep blood sugar levels as normal as possible, therefore limiting any potential symptoms which may occur. People with diabetes need to manage their condition, developing an understanding of how food and physical activity affect their blood glucose level.

Management of Diabetes

People with Type 1 diabetes who can’t produce insulin will need to inject the hormone directly into their bodies for the rest of their lives. The most common way to do this is with daily insulin injections. However in type 2 diabetes, changing to a healthier diet and lifestyle can often control the condition without the need for further treatment. Although most people with type 2 diabetes will eventually need to take tablets, and some will need insulin injections.

Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre, we offer the very latest in diabetes diagnosis, with the most advanced technology to assist.  We provide a range of endocrinology services specialising in diagnostic and treatment solutions for all common endocrine disorders such as diabetes, growth and obesity. If you think you may be suffering from symptoms associated with the condition, then why not book an appointment to see our consultant Mark Spring who is a specialist in diabetes and endocrinology.

Visit our website for more information, or if you wish to speak to one of our specialist consultants please do not hesitate to get in touch, by calling: 020 8942 6555.

 

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Kidney and Ureteral Stones

Stone disease is one of the most painful and common urological disorders. It is responsible for 12,000 hospital admissions in the UK each year, so is quite a prevalent issue that will affect a large amount of people.

With the help of our specialist urological consultants here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre, we have put together a guide to aid in your understanding of this disorder.

What are kidney stones?

The role of the kidneys is to remove waste from the blood, leaving clean blood that is then passed back into the body, while the waste products are passed out of the body as urine.

The waste products that the kidneys remove from the blood can occasionally form crystals. Over time, these crystals can build up to form stones, like pearls in an oyster.

Once kidney stones are formed the body will attempt to remove them through the urinary system. Small stones can be passed relatively simply and virtually pain free, however larger kidney stones often get caught somewhere in the urinary system, causing agonising pain.

What causes kidney stones?

There are many factors that could contribute to the risk of the formation of kidney stones. The most common causes are as follows:

  • Central obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High triglycerides
  • Low HDL-cholesterol
  • Insulin resistance

Kidney stones symptoms? 

  • Persistent ache in the lower back, sometimes felt in the groin
  • Periods of intense pain in the back or sides
  • Feeling restless or unable to lie still
  • Nausea
  • Needing to urinate more often than usual
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Blood in the urine

How are kidney stones treated?

Small kidney stones can be managed using medication from your GP or through self-treatment through fully hydrating yourself.

For larger kidney stones you may need to receive any of the following treatment methods, all of which we can arrange to be carried within HCA Hospitals: a group of Hospitals of which The New Malden Diagnostic Centre is a member:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

This is the most common procedure for treating kidney stones and involves using x-rays and ultrasound to pinpoint where a kidney stone is located and then sends shockwaves to the stone to try and break it up. Most cases require a series of treatment to eradicate the stones. 

  • Ureterorenoscopy

If the kidney stone is stuck in the ureter, the tube which carries urine from the kidney to the bladder, you may have to undergo ureterorenoscopy. This procedure involves the passing of a long, thin telescope through the urethra and into the bladder, which is then passed into the ureter to where the stone is caught.  

The surgeon may then use another instrument or laser energy to break up the stone so that is can be passed naturally, inflicting less pain on the patient.

The New Malden Diagnostic Centre can provide the very best urological diagnostic and treatment solutions with our broad range of specialist consultants within the field. Visit our website for more information on our team of urologists or give us a call to speak to a specialist: 020 8942 6555.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common and distressing condition which affects 1 in 10 women in the UK. It affects the endrocrine system, a collection of glands which secrete hormones into a woman’s body. PCOS has a range of causes that are not yet fully understood, although existing medical evidence indicates that it is a genetic condition. There are also a range of symptoms associated with the condition such as fertility conditions and excess hair growth. Many women who suffer from PCOS are also overweight, with the most common treatment being weight loss and lifestyle changes in addition to the treatment of individual symptoms.

So what exactly is polycystic ovary syndrome?

PCOS occurs when at least two of the following occur:

  • Tiny cysts (also known as follicles) develop in the ovaries. There need to be at least 12 present before symptoms start to occur.
  • There is an imbalance of hormones that are made in the ovaries. Specifically when your ovaries make more than normal of the male hormone testosterone.
  • You do not ovulate each month, resulting in erratic or non-existent periods.

What causes polycystic ovary syndrome?

The exact cause of PCOS is unclear, however, there are several factors that play a part, and they are as follows:

  • Insulin

Women with PCOS have a resistance to insulin, resulting in their cells being unable to absorb it. This causes the pancreas to produce more insulin, resulting in a build-up. This build-up is what causes the ovaries to produce more testosterone, which then affects the development of follicles in the ovaries. This causes a large amount of follicles to be partially developed and then build up in the ovaries.

  • Luteinising hormone

This hormone is made in the base of the brain and it stimulates the ovaries to ovulate, working alongside insulin to promote testosterone production. A high luteinising hormone level couples with a high insulin level has been directly linked to the over production of testosterone.

  • Weight

If you are overweight, excess body fat can also make insulin resistance worse. This may then cause insulin levels to rise even further, resulting in further weight gain. Losing weight can help in breaking this cycle.

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome?

  • Period problems
  • Fertility complications
  • Excess hair growth
  • Acne
  • Thinning of hair
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

How to identify polycystic ovary syndrome?

There are a variety of tests that can be carried out to help identify PCOS, here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have specialist consultants who are able to assist with any necessary testing.

  • Blood test

A simple blood test can be carried in order to measure the levels of certain hormones, providing an indication if further tests need to be carried out.

  • Ultrasound scan

An ultrasound scan of the ovaries may be advised. This test will provide a clear indication of any small follicles present on the ovaries or whether they are slightly enlarged, which also would suggest PCOS.

What are the treatment options for polycystic ovary syndrome?

The best form of treatment is dealing with the symptoms as individual cases.

  • Weight loss
  • Combined oral contraceptive pill
  • Fertility treatment
  • Metformin and other insulin-sensitising medications

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a world-class team of gynaecologists providing, assessments, advice, diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. Read about these specialist consultants here, or get in touch to book an appointment if you think you may be suffering from the condition: 020 8942 6555

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Women’s Health: Menopause

The menopause is an inevitable and fundamental aspect of a woman’s health, marking the end of menstruation and the ceasing of ovarian egg production each month.

Firstly, the menopause is caused by a change in the balance of the human female’s sex hormones. In the build up to the menopause oestrogen levels decrease, and it is this reduction which causes the ovaries to stop producing eggs each month, known as ovulation.

It can often be a very daunting time for women, although here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a written a concise guide as to what women can expect, how you can manage the side effects and what services we are able to offer to help manage the symptoms for this process.

What to expect:

Every woman has slightly different experiences during the menopause, some not suffering any symptoms at all. The key symptoms to keep an eye out are as follows:

  • Hot flushes
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Heart Palpitations (your heartbeat suddenly becomes more noticeable)
  • Headaches
  • Mood alterations (potentially this can include times of depression or anxiety)
  • Insomnia (disruptions to regular sleep patterns)
  • Urinary tract infections

They symptoms could last up to 5-years after initially entering menopause, however can dramatically vary. If any of these symptoms start to trouble you then this is a good time to seek medical advice and assistance.

How to manage the side effects:

There are ways you can manage the menopause yourself through a variety of lifestyle changes.

Diet: Eating a healthy and balanced diet is always a good strategy to generally improve your health, however it is more important than ever to make sure you get the right vitamins and minerals while going through the menopause.

Exercise: Again, keeping active is a definite plus at any stage in one’s life. However, combining aerobic exercise with strength building exercises during the menopause will help maintain your bone strength and muscle mass as well as keep any excess weight off that may occur.

How The New Malden Diagnostic Centre can help:

Here at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre we offer a comprehensive gynaecology service for women of all ages. With a range of fantastic specialists in the women’s health field we are able to assist with any issues you may experience while going through the menopause.

If you have any further queries regarding anything discussed in this blog post don’t hesitate to visit our website for more information or alternatively get in touch with a member of our team by phone: 020 8942 6555.

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