It's often recommended that adults visit a family doctor on a regular basis—annually or even more often, as your doctor recommends. However, you may want to consider visiting a medical centre between your standard checkups if you have a medical issue that isn't an emergency but which shouldn't wait until your next standard appointment. While your doctor is always the best person to tell you when it's time to visit a medical centre, note a few conditions which you might discuss with him or her, and which might warrant a visit to a physician as soon as possible.
If you're suffering from diabetes, high blood sugar may damage the nerves and blood vessels leading to your feet. Through a combination of poor circulation and reduced sensation, you could encounter injuries that you don't address, which then turn into ulcers or wounds that are difficult to heal. Diabetic foot occurs in 15% of people with diabetes, but there are ways to prevent it from happening and treat it as it arises.
If you have a delicate back and are suffering from back pain, it can be hard to get a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, not sleeping well can often result in you feeling worse, as pain is exacerbated by tiredness. Here are some tips to help you get a great night's sleep even with a back issue.
Choose the right pillow
The right pillow helps to cushion and support the neck. Often back problems can actually stem from the head and neck as the head is a heavy part of the body and poor neck position can create extra and uncomfortable forces on the neck.
Bone is a living tissue and consists of a soft inner layer that has an appearance similar to honeycomb and a dense outer layer known as the cortical. Your bones contain collagen and a number of minerals including calcium, and they have the capacity to renew themselves, but their ability to do this can vary depending on your life stage and general health.
As you age, it's normal to experience some bone loss, as bone renewal slows down.
Brilliant white teeth are not necessarily any healthier than those that are a little off-white, but that doesn't stop people worrying about the colour of their teeth. Over the last couple of generations, the concern with white teeth has steadily increased, which has led to a huge industry and a number of different treatments emerging to adjust tooth colour.
Of course, it's also led to many claims about 'natural' home remedies that promise whiter teeth, often with things you already have around the house.