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Cholesterol – the super-stealthy invisible illness

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As far as invisible illnesses go, they don’t come much stealthier than high cholesterol. It’s easily ignored because it builds up gradually, often showing no symptoms whatsoever. A person with high or increasing cholesterol levels will most likely feel perfectly healthy. It’s a scary though that the first sign of high cholesterol may be a heart attack or stroke – and could even prove fatal! Continue reading Cholesterol – the super-stealthy invisible illness

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Multiple Sclerosis – Why a hug might be the last thing you need

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Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, and another prime example of an invisible illness. Physically, an MS patient may look well for most of the time, and might be able to go about normal daily activities like work and family life. However, what’s happening below the surface tells a very different story. The immune system attacks the myelin sheathing which protects the body’s nervous system, leaving the nerve exposed. To visualise this, you might like to think of an electrical wire with its casing worn away. Like that wire, the exposed nerve becomes dangerous and unpredictable. Continue reading Multiple Sclerosis – Why a hug might be the last thing you need

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Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

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Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing global health concern. It is estimated to affect more than 300 million people worldwide, and around 90% of all diabetics have this form of the condition. However, despite type 2 being well and truly in the spotlight, it is still frequently misunderstood. Much has been said in the media about the connection between type 2 diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle – so much so that perhaps we’re inclined to feel unsympathetic towards type 2 patients? But even while it’s true that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases, it remains a serious and incurable condition which can only be controlled through a constant effort on the patient’s part. Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

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Eczema; Are You Itching for a Cure?

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Covance is currently appealing for patients with mild, moderate and severe eczema to take part in studying a new, non-steroidal cream. There’s more information about eczema trials here, https://uk.testwiththebest.com/eczema-sufferers-clinical-trial.php , but if you’d like to know more about how this study effects you, read on… Continue reading Eczema; Are You Itching for a Cure?

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Living with Sjogren’s – When your grin shows, but your illness hides…

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An autoimmune disorder is any illness in which the body turns on itself – white blood cells which are designed to protect your body’s intricate systems malfunction and attack. Types of autoimmune disorder are many and varied, but the majority are able to pass under the radar because they chiefly affect the interior working of glands, joints and the nervous system. Continue reading Living with Sjogren’s – When your grin shows, but your illness hides…

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Invisible Illness: It’s not easy to combat what you can’t see!

There is a surprising common factor which is shared by a vast range of physical and mental health conditions. Fibromyalgia, anxiety, endometriosis, lupus, endometriosis, pelvic pain and depression may vary in causes and symptoms, but all of them have a deadly weapon in common – invisibility. They are often classed as an invisible illness. Continue reading Invisible Illness: It’s not easy to combat what you can’t see!