It's easy to take your health for granted.
By following a healthy lifestyle you can reduce the risk of getting seriously ill. You will feel better and it will help improve your immune system.
In small quantities, alcohol can actually be beneficial to health. In large quantities, on a regular basis, it can have a very serious negative effect on health. At one extreme it can kill. CIRRHOSIS of the liver, for instance, is killing an increasing number of people, as are drivers who are over the limit.
- An accepted safe limit is 28 units a week for men and 21 units for women, a unit being approximately a glass of wine, half a pint of beer or a single measure of spirit
- This recommended maximum presumes that the consumption is spread throughout the week and not consumed all at once in a 'binge'
- Over 100,000 people die each year in the UK from smoking-related diseases
- Every cigarette you smoke can shorten your life by an average of five and a half minutes
- Babies of smokers are, on average, 200 grammes smaller than those of non smokers
- Smokers smell!
HOW TO GIVE UP
Stopping smoking is all about motivation. Without the real desire to give up you are unable to succeed. You must want to give up rather than feel you should give up.
- Set a date a week or so in the future when you intend to stop
- Tell all your friends, relations and work colleagues that you're giving up on that day and ask for their support and encouragement. If at all possible, find someone to give up with you
- When the big day comes, plan it carefully with plenty to keep you occupied. Avoid situations where the desire to smoke will be strongest such as whilst drinking
- Finally, carefully put the money you would have spent on cigarettes on one side, each day, to save up for some special treat as a reward
If you've tried everything and failed but are still keen to give up, seek help from our trained smoking cessation nurses.
If your diet is lacking, your body has ways of letting you know, for example, you may be overweight or underweight or you may have a spotty complexion or constipation. Ultimately, a bad diet can lead to serious problems such as heart disease.
- A good diet helps fight off disease and makes you look and feel good
EIGHT WAYS TO KEEP HEALTHY
Has yours been checked in the past five years?
Some people are overweight - others are "undertall". Chances are you weigh more than you should.
More and more people are giving up smoking. There are various programmes available to help you give up.
Regular exercise has both physical and mental benefits.
Tension and anxiety can be helped by a psychologist or counsellor.
Can make a good servant but a bad master.
We recommend women should have regular three yearly cervical smears.
We will check if you are immune and bring your cover up to date.
MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN
Pain in muscles and joints are common and seldom need to be treated by a doctor.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Stiffness and pain especially with movement
- Strain due to overexertion
- Wear and tear
TREATMENT AT HOME FOR MUSCLE PAIN
- Massage affected part and keep it warm
- Take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
TREATMENT AT HOME FOR JOINT PAIN
- Rest the sore joint
- Take painkillers as for muscle pain
STRAINS AND SPRAINS
Rest the injured part
Ice wrapped in a cloth - or a bag of frozen peas - can be used to reduce the swelling. But do not apply for longer than 15 minutes at a time.
Compress the injury gently with a bandage
Elevate the injured part
WHEN TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR
- If the pain in the joint or muscle does not improve after three days
- If the joint looks deformed
- If mobility is badly affected