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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Paracetamol
Health & Wellbeing

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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Lip injection
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Health Q&A: fixing botched silicone injections

Dr Porter advises a man whose wife wants to fix some botched cosmetic enhancements.

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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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Codeine
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Could I become addicted to painkillers?

Dr Mark Porter addresses a reader’s concerns about taking codeine.

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Flu jab
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Should I have the flu jab?

Dr Mark Porter answers a reader who is concerned that the influenza vaccination may offer little protection to older people.

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Thyroid check
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Can constipation make you tired?

Dr Mark Porter responds to a reader’s question about recent bowel problems and lethargy.

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