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08 Nov I am 31 year old male and have been suffering from gout for the past 5 years. I am on colchicine, a long term medication. Will the disease affect my sexual health and fertility?

Gout is a condition where the joint is inflamed due to deposits of sharp, crystallized uric acid. Uric acid is a by-product when our body breaks down purines, the type of proteins found in some foods and beverages like liver, red meat, seafood, peas, and...

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12 Dec My husband was diagnosed as having diabetes 1 years ago. He is 35 and is on diet control with oral medications. Will diabetes affect his fertility?

Diabetes can affect male fertility in various ways. They include: Reduced sperm quality: Studies have shown that diabetes can cause damage to the genetic materials of the sperm. This will reduce the chances of fertilisation and increase the risks of miscarriage and foetal abnormalities even...

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07 Nov I am 34 years old and trying to conceive. I am diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. My doctor has been monitoring my blood levels of HbA1c which is 9.6 % at present. He told me I should wait a while till the levels drop to 6.5% or lower before I try to get pregnant. Why should it be so? What is HbA1c? What does the percentage represent?

Keeping the blood sugar levels under control is very important for diabetic patients who are trying to conceive. This is because uncontrolled diabetes during pregnancy may have serious consequences affecting the baby such as miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and having a big baby requiring Caesarean...

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