Blood Tests

Question

Hi Dr Judy
I’m not sure where you are based, but I was wondering whether you do consultations or have GPs that you could refer to in the northern suburbs of Cape Town.
I recently stopped drinking and want to have some blood tests done to see how bad the damage is (I know I already have increased MCV), and then monitor it over time. Would also be good to get some supplements if needed.

Answer

Congratulations on your sobriety. You have made a wise decision and joined the best tribe. I’m situated in Gauteng and don’t know the northern suburbs GPs. However, I would recommend that you contact your nearest rehab centre (for substance abuse). They have GPs that they refer their clients to which are knowledgeable about what to look for and can give advice.

I can recommend Harmony rehab centre. It’s not situated in the northern suburbs but they may know of someone close to you. It is my experience that everyone reacts differently to alcohol and that we all have our vulnerable areas. For some it may be the liver. For others the pancreas or brain. And then there’s the increased risk for cancers. The reason for this is that alcohol causes extreme inflammation which damages our bodies. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have a check up. Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Dr Judy.

 

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