Entries by andrei

How to get more fibre into your diet

Most of us need to eat more fibre and have fewer added sugars in our diet. Eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Government guidelines published in July 2015 say that our dietary fibre intake should increase to 30g a day, as part […]

Passive smoking: protect your family and friends

Secondhand smoke is dangerous, especially for children. The best way to protect loved ones is to quit smoking. At the very least, make sure you have a smokefree home and car. When you smoke a cigarette (or roll-up, pipe or cigar), most of the smoke doesn’t go into your lungs, it goes into the air […]

Breast changes in older women

As you get older, it’s natural for your breasts to lose their firmness, change shape, shrink in size and become more prone to certain abnormal lumps. In most cases, breast lumps are harmless but, whatever your age, it’s important that you report any new lumps to your doctor. From around the age of 40, you […]

Diabetes insipidus

Diabetes insipidus can sometimes cause complications, particularly if it’s undiagnosed or poorly controlled. Dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance are two of the main complications (see below). Dehydration If you have diabetes insipidus, your body will find it difficult to retain enough water, even if you drink fluid constantly. This can lead to dehydration (a severe lack of […]

Do I need to stretch before exercising?

From weekend warriors to elite athletes, stretching before exercise is a common practice, but new research has cast doubt on its effectiveness. Research suggests that stretching before exercise is unlikely to reduce your risk of injury, improve your performance or prevent sore muscles. However, there’s no evidence that stretching before or after exercise will do […]

Hot flushes: how to cope

Hot flushes are the most common symptom of the menopause but there are a range of medical treatments and self-help techniques to beat the heat. Not all women experience hot flushes going through the menopause, but most do. Three out of every four menopausal women have hot flushes. They’re characterised by a sudden feeling of […]

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

Being smoke-free helps relieve stress, anxiety and depression and gives you a more positive outlook on life. These benefits apply to all smokers, not just those with pre-existing mental health problems. We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. Here are 10 health benefits of stopping smoking. But did you know that stopping […]

‘How I beat osteoporosis’

Judi Paxton, 62, talks about her shock at being diagnosed with osteoporosis. “Four years ago I was working as an HR Director. I was stuck in the office day in, day out from eight in the morning till six or seven at night. I never saw daylight and I never took any exercise because I […]