Lifestyle changes

SA eats and drinks too much, and doesn’t move enough

15 – 19 October is National Obesity Week, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is highlighting the seriousness of overweight and obesity in SA by urging the nation to shed the kilos and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

90% of US children eat too much salt

A new study has found that 90% of US kids eat far more salt than the recommended guideline, putting them at greater risk of heart disease and high blood pressure in later life.

Shake your salt habit

If the Minister of Health achieves his next dietary reform of reducing South Africa's salt intake by legislation, he will be striking a blow for good health, says DietDoc.

Using the Dash diet in South Africa

The Dash Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which was developed in the USA has been used successfully all over the world and South Africa is no exception.

The truth about salt

Can't live without salt? Prof Jacques Snyman from Resolution Health Medical Scheme sheds some light on the truth about salt and the link to diseases such as hypertension.

Are you eating too much salt?

Did you know that high blood pressure affects as many as 25% of adult South Africans, with black Africans appearing to be more susceptible than other groups?

Hypertension and diet

Diet plays an important role in preventing and treating hypertension. Read more about what to do.

Hypertension and fasting

Recent research has been focusing on ways of lowering blood pressure by dietary interventions. Take a look at an approach using fasting as a therapy to lower blood pressure.

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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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