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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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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Dietary triggers for migraine may include chocolate, cheese, orange juice and red wine.
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What triggers migraines?

Dr Mark Porter discusses common triggers for migraine.

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Asthma inhaler
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Should people with asthma avoid aspirin?

Dr Mark Porter explains why some people with asthma need to avoid aspirin.

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Painkillers
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Can painkillers cause headaches?

Dr Mark Porter on the paradoxical problem of painkillers causing headaches.

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Woman sneezing
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Pelvic floor and sneezing

Dr Mark Porter advises a woman who finds sneezing causes a problem.

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Tired eyes working at computer
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Is the computer making my eyes gritty?

Dr Mark Porter advises a reader whose eyes feel gritty when working on a computer.

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