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TSH blood tests explained
TSH Blood Tests Explained

Thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH is produced by the pituitary: a pea-sized gland at the bottom of the hypothalamus in the lower part of the brain. The hypothalamus provides an interface between the nervous system and the network of hormone-producing glands around the body called the endocrine system. Generation of TSH is not the sole … Continued

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Are your vitamin B12 levels healthy?
Are Your Vitamin B12 Levels Healthy?

Vitamin B12 is a complex and important nutrient. Chemically known as cobalamin, it’s one of the eight known B vitamins, all of which serve similar functions within the human body: they enable the production of enzymes that fuel chemical processes fundamental to life. What does B12 do inside your body? Vitamin B12 is used by … Continued

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hba1c test
What is HbA1c and What Levels Are Normal?

If you have diabetes or prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes, you may have heard your doctor discussing your ‘HbA1c’ levels – or even just your ‘A1C’ levels. But what exactly are those? What is HbA1c? HbA1c is a variety of haemoglobin – the component of red blood cells responsible for circulating oxygen … Continued

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What does an HbA1c blood test measure?
What Does an HbA1c Blood Test Measure?

HbA1c is a form of haemoglobin and is also known as haemoglobin A1C, glycated haemoglobin or just A1C. Haemoglobin is the protein within red blood cells that circulates oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our bodies. The name is derived from the Greek word for blood and the Latin word for ball. Glycated … Continued

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what are normal thyroid levels?
What Are Normal Thyroid Levels? 

The thyroid is an important gland found in all vertebrates (creatures with a backbone). In humans it is located at the front of the neck, close to the Adam’s apple and windpipe. The thyroid consists of two connected lobes that resemble a butterfly in shape. It forms part of the endocrine system, a network of … Continued

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Can Blood Tests Detect Ovarian Cancer?
Can Blood Tests Detect Ovarian Cancer?

As the name makes clear, ovarian cancer affects the ovaries, those delicate but vital organs which produce ova – female reproductive cells – for possible fertilisation in the earliest stages of pregnancy. As with other tumours, the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be unpleasant. Typically they include: Loss of appetite Bloating and swelling Pain in … Continued

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Can a blood test detect vitamin D deficiency?
Can a Blood Test Detect Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D is a group of five closely related chemicals that play vital roles in human health. Technically speaking, vitamins D1 – D5 are secosteroids – a type of steroid or biologically active organic compound with a distinctive molecular structure. Like all vital nutrients, it’s important to ensure that your body is supplied with a … Continued

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25 Benefits of Moving Everyday

The real challenge of fitness? Fitting it into daily life. There’s a lot of resistance to giving up a few hours of the day to get into a gym. But what if you spread it out – move everyday – instead of worrying about long, structured workouts? Today we’re looking at what moving every day … Continued

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