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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An older patient reviews his Advance Decision to ensure his DNAR order will be respected when the time comes
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Will my DNAR be observed?

Can family overrule a Do Not Attempt Resuscitation order?

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A pill bottle with medication spilling out
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When is the best time to take medication?

Dr Mark Porter responds to a reader’s medication question.

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Pre-diabetes risk factors
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Health Q&A: What does pre-diabetes mean?

Dr Mark Porter addresses a reader’s concern about borderline blood sugar levels.

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Blood pressure medication
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Health Q&A: blood pressure drugs and falls

Dr Mark Porter responds to a reader’s concern that blood pressure drugs may be related to falls.

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Paracetamol
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Why won’t my GP prescribe paracetamol?

Dr Mark Porter responds to a reader’s drug dilemma.

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Cholesterol test
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Do I need to fast before a cholesterol test?

Dr Mark Porter on whether or not is it really necessary to fast before the test.

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Hernia
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Is it OK to leave a hernia?

Dr Mark Porter discusses the best course of action for a reader with a hernia.

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Iron supplements
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What’s the best way to take iron supplements?

Dr Mark Porter responds to a reader who gets an upset stomach from iron supplements.

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Statin blister pack
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Health Q&A: statins and cancer risk

Dr Mark Porter on whether there is a known link between taking statins and developing cancer.

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