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Beating Blue Monday

The third Monday of January is deemed as the gloomiest and most depressing of the year and overall, January remains a challenging month for many battling the post-holiday blues. Sometimes these feelings may also not be transitory, but rather rooted in deeper issues sparked by work and life stress. We share some tips to tackle Blue Monday and coping mechanisms if the situation is more complex. Take time to breathe You probably hear this a lot, but sometimes the simple act of taking a series of deep breaths can be highly calming. And you don’t need to be a yoga…

What you suspected is true – research has confirmed that men are more stubborn about their health than women. They are less likely than women to go for check-ups, report symptoms, or perform self-checks. The scheduling and attendance of regular screenings is vital in catching diseases early when they are easier to treat and beat, and in preventing serious medical issues from occurring entirely. We take a look at four of the top threats to men’s health that can be caught early on, with the right preventative screening and lifestyle routines in place. #1. Prostate Cancer This is the second…

10 Early Signs of Diabetes

The early signs of diabetes can be very subtle, on appearance insignificant, and easily missed. Spotting them early can ensure you take action to manage what is referred as ‘the silent killer’. We have previously outlined the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes – the earlier it is diagnosed, the easier and more effective its treatment, and potential for reversal. It is important to speak to your GP if you have any of the symptoms below or many of them combined. Ensure you set an appointment to see your GP for a diabetes screening if you notice any of…

Stress in the workplace can seep through every aspect of our lives. Relationships, financial responsibilities and those who surround us can also cause us stress impacting situations and interactions. However, we are given little chance to learn to cope. Last month we focused on how to spot the signs of stress in yourself and your team, and offered tips on how to manage it. Here we bring a summary of what we shared in our #WellnessatWork series. Very often, we do not realise the levels of stress we live with until it is too late and our coping abilities are…

The New Year is always an excellent opportunity for a fresh start. If you want to make 2017 the year you get a handle on your health, we recommend starting with an MOT, a great gift to yourself or a loved one. Our seasonal special New Year MOT combines a thorough appointment with one of our experienced GPs and extensive blood testing that covers: Full haematology profile Full cholesterol screen Kidney function screen Liver function screen Calcium screen Potassium level Sodium level Iron profile Glucose level Vitamin D Thyroid Function Screen All the results of the blood testing will be…

How much sun do we need?

For most of us the answer seems clear immediately – definitely more than we had in the last few months!  As the end of February is approaching, our bodies are using up the stores of the “sunshine vitamin” – the vitamin D we made during the summer. Reaction of the skin to sunlight (especially UVB radiation) is our basic source of vitamin D. In the UK, even on sunny days between October and February, there is not enough UVB radiation to facilitate vitamin D production. That’s why our body stores part of the vitamin produced in summer for winter time.…

3 Steps to Healthier Heart

The heart begins beating at 22 days after conception and works hard all through our lives. But our lifestyle greatly influences how well and how long our heart will function. There are approximately 2.6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease and as many as 80% of them could be prevented. As we get older the risk of cardiovascular diseases increases. Our blood vessels may become narrowed by fatty material from the blood. This build-up, called atheroma, reduces the blood flow and the heart is then not receiving enough oxygen-rich blood. Atheroma can cause angina (chest pain…

The main holiday season of the year has finally arrived. Our minds are set to relax, recharge our batteries and leave everyday stress behind. Holidays, however, can also bring some less exciting memories. From heat exhaustion to minor injuries, there are plenty of occasions when a first-aid kit can be essential. Having said this, the emergency kit should never replace seeking the advice of a medical professional. So, what should your emergency kit include?   Antihistamines will help relieve the symptoms of any mild allergic reactions. They may be also helpful against general itching, skin rashes, insect bites and alleviating…

It’s World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis is a disease which affects the liver, the body’s second largest organ. The liver plays a crucial role in the body’s digestive processes, and also in storing vitamins and minerals. You could picture it like a chemical factory of our body which neutralises poisonous substances and breaks down) substances such as alcohol. Liver diseases can be extremely dangerous as they rarely produce any obvious symptoms in the early stages. This is often the case with diseases such as hepatitis. There are 3 main types – Hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is wide spread in the…

For most of us, summer is the epitome of holidays, relaxing and fun. Enjoying the good times often overshadows alertness to our health. In hot weather, our body regulates its temperature through sweating. Extensive sweating can lead to loss of essential water and salts causing heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is often accompanied by dizziness, nausea, general weakness and fatigue, headaches, profuse sweating, muscle cramps and a rapid heart-beat. If you are experiencing these symptoms it is important to treat it quickly.  Untreated, heat exhaustion can quickly develop into the more serious problem of heat stroke.   Three steps to combating…