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Health & Lifestyle
More than 20% of people in the UK are medically obese and a further third of the population are overweight. If you are obese (that is have a body mass index > 30), you are seriously damaging your health and are at an increased risk of arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Clinically proven prescription treatments are available to help you to achieve your desired weight loss should you decided this is the route for you.
The good news is that once you stop smoking, your life expectancy quickly improves. Smokers under the age of 35 who take the decision to quit will then have a near-normal life expectancy, while there are immediate health and social benefits for people of any age who quit smoking.
Anxiety is an uneasy feeling of worry or fear and can range from mild to severe. At some point in their lives, everyone feels anxious and that is normal, but for some people anxiety can become more difficult to control and it can get in the way of their daily life. In some cases, this out of control anxiety can be associated with a specific situation rather than being a more generalised anxiety, and this is sometimes called situational anxiety.
Drinking alcohol is an enjoyable part of many peoples’ lives – it’s a big part of socialising, and having a drink can be a pleasant way to relax after a stressful day. However, alcohol is both physically and psychologically addictive, and it’s quite easy to become dependent upon it. Dependency often leads to excessive drinking, which can be seriously damaging to your health and wellbeing.
Asthma is a very common long-term condition that is caused by inflammation of the airways. It causes coughing, breathlessness and wheezing and affects 5.4 million people in the UK. The severity of asthma can vary enormously from person to person and it can be life threatening, but for many people, their asthma can be well controlled much of the time by prescribed medication.
Hay fever is a common allergic condition. It's thought that more than 10 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever. The main symptoms of hay fever are: Frequent sneezing, a blocked or runny nose, itchy red eyes, or an itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears.
Heartburn is a burning sensation or discomfort in the chest and throat that occurs after eating. It is a common symptom of Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), where acid from the stomach escapes from the stomach into the oesophagus, or gullet - the tube that joins your throat to your stomach. The leaking of acid occurs as the valve or sphincter that closes off the top of the stomach becomes weak. It’s a common problem with about 1 in 5 people suffering once a week.
Migraines are a common problem, affecting 15 % of the adult population in the UK. They affect women more than men and 90 % of people have their first migraine before the age of 40.
Cholesterol is a natural substance that is essential for a person to be healthy. It’s an important part of normal cell membranes and it’s needed to make other things in the body – such as hormones – including the sex hormones and adrenaline, bile and vitamin D. It’s a fatty substance known as a lipid and is mainly made in the liver – although some cholesterol is obtained from the food we eat.
Flu or influenza is an infection caused by the influenza virus which is passed from one person to the next in the air or by direct contact. Flu infects the throat, nose or lungs. The signs of influenza include the sudden onset of fever (> 37.8 °C), cough, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, muscle aches and often extreme fatigue. Flu symptoms may also be caused by infections other than influenza.
Skin & Nail
Acne is a very common cause of spots in teenagers; it tends to last for an average of five years, although it can last longer and may persist into adulthood. Acne usually affects the face, back or chest.
Eczema is a long-term, or chronic, condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. In some cases the problem area can become infected, making things worse. Scratching the affected area can damage the skin and increase the chance of infection, so this should be avoided (although resisting the need to scratch can understandably be very difficult).
Psoriasis is a skin condition that normally causes flaky red, raised patches covered with scales that are often referred to as plaques when on the skin. The plaques normally appear on the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back, but they can appear anywhere including the hands and feet and even the nails can be affected. The affected areas are often itchy and painful. Psoriasis affects about 1 in 50 people and men and women suffer in equal amounts. It can start at any age but it’s most usual for first signs to appear at under 35 years old.
Rosacea, which is also sometimes known as acne rosacea, is a skin condition affecting the chin, nose, cheeks and forehead. It normally starts with episodes of flushing, but can progress to permanent redness, spots and visible blood vessels. In severe cases, the nose can thicken and enlarge. Eyes can become dry and sore and the sufferer can experience eyelid inflammation.
A fungal nail infection, or onychomycosis, is when the hard material that makes up the nail (keratin) is infected by fungi – normally dermatophyte fungi. The infection can affect any part of the nail including the nail itself, the nail bed or the nail root.