Dr Mark Porter

Dr Mark Porter

With 26 years’ experience in practice and a partner in a busy South Gloucestershire surgery, Mark is also resident doctor on BBC One’s The One Show, presents Radio 4’s Inside Health, writes for The Times, and has even popped up on celebrity versions of The Weakest Link and Mastermind. Saga Magazine readers can ask for his expert opinion on any health issue, from a sprained wrist to high cholesterol or chronic disease. Mark was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to medicine.

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Tinnitus - hearing sounds when no external sound is present – is a common problem. Photo posed by model.
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What’s that whooshing noise in my ear?

Dr Mark Porter explains why some forms of tinnitus need investigating.

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A reader's shoulder surgery has resulted in an itchy scar.
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Why does my scar itch?

Dr Mark Porter advises a reader with an itchy, red scar what can be done about it.

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Beer and lager drinkers take in far more fluid than is lost through the diuretic action of the alcohol.
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How can I prevent the dehydrating effects of alcohol?

Dr Mark Porter explains how to avoid dehydration when drinking alcohol.

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It is important to look for underlying causes of low blood pressure.
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How can I manage my low blood pressure?

Dr Mark Porter discusses underlying issues for low blood pressure, and how it can be remedied.

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Concentrate on optimising your driving position before considering extra cushions.
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Lumbar support for a car seat

Dr Mark Porter recommends a healthy driving position for a reader with a bad back.

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Stretch your legs regularly and consider wearing properly fitted compression stockings on a long-haul flight.
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Should I take aspirin when I fly?

Dr Mark Porter explains how to reduce your risk of DVT on a long flight.

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Reheating takeaway rice, or eating it cold the next day, could give you food poisoning.
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Reheating takeaway rice

Dr Mark Porter explains why it’s not a good idea to reheat rice from a takeaway.

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Statins can help irrespective of your cholesterol level as they stabilise deposits in arterial walls too.
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Do I really need statins?

Dr Mark Porter explains why you might need a statin even if your cholesterol level is OK.

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Tea, most types of coffee, juices, soft drinks and the water in your food all count.
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How much liquid do we need?

Dr Mark Porter debunks some myths about how much water we need to drink.

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