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.

Latest Articles from Dr

As many as 1 in 20 people develop back and leg pain (sciatica) from a slipped disc at some stage during their life.
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Slipped disc and sciatica

Dr Porter advises a reader whose slipped disc led to sciatica.

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White flecks in nails
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White flecks in nails

Dr Porter advises a reader who is worried about white flecks in the nails.

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Dry, itchy skin is often worse in the winter months because the atmosphere is much drier.
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Why do my legs itch?

Dr Porter advises a reader whose itchy legs worsen when the weather gets colder.

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The easiest way to reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is to use a medical grade antiperspirant
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Dealing with excessive sweating

Dr Porter advises a reader plagued by perspiration.

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Contrary to pub lore sex related headaches are more common in men than women.
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Headaches during sex

Dr Porter advises a reader who suffers headaches during lovemaking.

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Teenagers need more sleep – an average of 8 – 9 hours a night as opposed to 7 – 8 for a typical adult
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How to wake up a teenager in the morning

Dr Porter advises grandparents frustrated by their late-rising teenage grandson.

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Although they can deliver significant doses of radiation, X-rays only account for around a seventh of the average person’s lifetime exposure
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X-ray radiation worries

Dr Porter advises a reader who is concerned about radiation from x-rays.

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A cataract is an opacity of the lens of the eye
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Do I need an operation for cataracts?

Dr Porter advises a reader who is shocked to learn he has cataracts on both eyes.

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Statin
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Vivid dreams and statins

What to do if you have been plagued by vivid dreams since starting statins.

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