Health

Learn more about your health, and what makes your heart tick. We bring you the latest health news about your favourite topics such as: Healthy living, medical conditions, nutrition, parenting, relationships, medicine, health technology, and more!

 
 
 
 
 
 

5 diabetes myths and misconceptions: the good, the bad and the ugly

Did you know there are an estimated 1.3 million adults living with undiagnosed diabetes in South Africa? In fact, 50% of people with type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it. Get your stats and facts straight here.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Fighting healthcare costs through shared-value

In his second opinion-editorial, Dr Broomberg's explains how Discovery Health is using the concept of shared value to fight rising healthcare costs. (Published: Sunday Times, 12 November 2017).

 
 
 
 
 
 

What's driving up our health care costs?

In the first, in a series of opinion-editorial published in Sunday Times and aimed at educating consumers about important matters in the South African healthcare sector, Dr Jonathan Broomberg, CEO of Discovery Health, delves into the key drivers of healthcare costs (Published: Sunday Times, 5 November 2017).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Your diabetes dictionary: A guide to understanding medical jargon

Do you zone out when someone starts using medical jargon? Here are some simple explanations so you can keep yourself in the know with diabetes terminology.

 
 
 
 
 
 

A mom's guide to gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes can come as a shock to women who've never had any issues with their blood sugar levels before. Here's what expecting parents need to know.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Vitality Weight Loss Rewards saved formerly morbidly obese dad's life

Vitality Weight Loss Rewards (WLR) is a weight-loss journey that aims to help you lose weight in short, manageable cycles until you reach a healthier weight. You will earn rewards for participating and for reaching your goals. This is Sean Venske's story.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tackling comfort eating through Weight Loss Rewards

"What has Vitality Weight Loss Rewards done for me and how am I behaving differently as a result? Having a goal to aim at, and the means to hold himself accountable (weekly weighing and self- tracking) made all the difference." - Ned

 
 
 
 
 
 

Knee op recovery fast-tracked by Vitality Weight Loss Rewards

Vitality Weight Loss Rewards is a weight-loss journey that aims to help you lose weight in short, manageable cycles. Losing weight not only fast-tracked Kim's knee op recovery, but has been transformative and the benefits are spilling into all aspects of her life.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Every breath that Martie takes is a miracle

Martie Geertsma, 43, is living testimony to the power of a positive, proactive attitude. Her very existence depends on continuous 24/7 oxygen and intravenous drug supplies to treat the rare disease from which she suffers - Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, (PAH).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Self-discipline is that much easier with Vitality Weight Loss Rewards

Vitality Weight Loss Rewards just helps you keep going with its encouraging feedback messages and enabling you to track your weight loss. That's very motivating. Once I got into the habit of eating properly and doing all the right things, it changed my way of life. Read Dawn Zaal's weight-loss story.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Vitality Weight Loss Rewards boost CEO's health & fitness journey

Vitality Weight Loss Rewards (WLR) is a weight-loss journey that aims to help you lose weight in short, manageable cycles until you reach a healthier weight. You will earn rewards for participating and for reaching your goals. This is Johan van den Berg’s story.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Stem Cell Banking

NetCells, Next Biosciences' umbilical cord stem cell banking service, gives expectant parents the opportunity to collect their new born baby's umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cells and cryogenically store them for potential future medical use.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Men or women – who has the higher risk of heart attack?

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women across the world. Is heart disease a condition that women need to pay more attention to? And are symptoms of a heart attack the same in men and women?

 
 
 
 
 
 

29-year old’s near heart-attack a sobering wake-up call

Numbness in the left arm and a stabbing pain the chest. Those symptoms sent a 29-year old Discovery Health Medical Scheme member to a hospital emergency unit one evening on his way home from work. He shares his story in his own words.

 
 
 
 
 
 

"I'm too healthy to have high cholesterol" and other myths

It's possible to lower the risk high cholesterol by eating well and being physically active, so it’s tempting to think that only people who eat badly and don’t exercise can have this condition. But is that true?

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Iron Man story: Amputee Jaco van Staden's inspiring comeback

Amputee Jaco van Staden's worst nightmare has left him a better man than ever and with a foot that is almost as good as the one he was born with.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Stock up this Spring: How to assemble your own first aid kit

A decent first aid kit is a household must-have. Many kits on offer promise to stock everything you might need, but it’s a sure bet if you assemble your own. Here are some first aid essentials.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Medicine cabinet clean-out? Factors to consider in a first aid kit

Have you come across a dusty first aid kit while spring-cleaning your medicine cabinet? Before you toss it back in, here are some handy guidelines on what it should include. After all, a kit is only as useful as what you can do with it!

 
 
 
 
 
 

When you get a cancer diagnosis

Surviving cancer physically is sometimes only half the battle. The other half is the post-treatment journey. Laurie Gaum shares his emotional lung cancer survival journey.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, both as a patient and as a loved one. Here’s what to expect.

 
 
 
 
 
 

'How my Apple Watch saved my life'

When Russell Pengelly got his Apple Watch, he planned to use it to get healthier through Vitality. Little did he know it would end up saving his life

 
 
 
 
 
 

Ultra-marathoner Redi Tlhabi finds her peace in running

While the rest of the world sleeps, Redi Tlhabi can be found taking in lungfuls of cool morning air as she completes yet another training run. This is how she recharges her brain and meditates ahead of another busy day – and gets the most out of her day.

 
 
 
 
 
 

You do know it is twins, right?

For Oratile and Tebo Tlhabane the news they were having a baby was a surprise. Then one baby became two.

 
 
 
 
 
 

When a loved one suffers from a mental health illness

Mental illness impacts all spheres of life - social to psychological. Supporting a person with a mental illness requires knowledge of what is harmful or helpful.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Gavin Cowden left diabetes in his dust, cycling towards his dreams

Discovery Vitality member Gavin Cowden shares his remarkable journey from overweight pre-diabetic to South African Para-Cycling Champion

 
 
 
 
 
 

Having bipolar disorder doesn't define me

Discovery Health Medical Scheme member, Emma Attwell opens up about her journey with mental illness and shares the value of sound medical aid when faced with numerous health challenges.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Help your health, help SA!

An investment in our health is an investment in a better future for ourselves and our country. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 2 July 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit your claim fast and easy in any of these 3 digital ways

With Discovery Health Medical Scheme, submitting claims is easy when you use one of our digital channels. These digital platforms offer you convenience and allow us to process and pay claims faster.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Extra cover when you need it most

When you have spent the funds in your Medical Savings Account, the Day-to-day Extender Benefit ensures that you do not have any gaps in cover when you visit a provider in our Premier Plus GP Network.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The incredible benefits of top medical care in the comfort of your own home

Discovery HomeCare is a unique service offered in the South African medical scheme market to provide patients with specific healthcare needs, access to high-quality care solutions at their homes.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Learning from adversity: A Breast Cancer survivor's story

Norma Moller shares her experiences during her rollercoaster cancer treatment journey that has left her wiser, more aware, more disciplined, and an expert when it comes to her own body.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Discovery Health brings you user-friendly technology

Future health technology could empower patients to take responsibility for their health and allow doctors to intervene by means of individual wearable devices that monitor and transmit health information.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Sweat, but not the small stuff

While some people claim to be immune to stress, it is a normative condition. Without it, humans would not thrive or succeed in life. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 25 June 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 

Being a present day dad

As we wake up on Father’s Day hoping for another pair of cool socks and a #1Dad mug, it is probably a good time for us dads to reflect on how we have done in raising our kids. Dr Craig Nossel, Head of Vitality Wellness: The Sunday Times, 18 June 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 

New dad's survival guide

Be there to enjoy all the highs, knowing that you’re as prepared as possible for this new season... Read on for some useful information about how to support your partner and navigate those early days.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Measles and misinformation – do vaccines work?

With 17 confirmed measles cases, the Department of Health has announced an emergency campaign to address the outbreak. Read why they’re rolling out vaccines to kids, and what you should do about it.

Log in