Is Being Thin Good for you?

Posted on 12 August, 2014  in Uncategorized
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We always hear about how unhealthy it is to be overweight, but we don’t always hear about how unhealthy it can be if you’re too thin. The trouble is we’re all told that being thin is better, when from an evolutionary perspective it was those who carried a few extra pounds who were more likely to survive a shortage of food.

The fact of the matter is that even if you’re pretty thin, you can still be susceptible to conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The amount of fat you have on your body isn’t always indicative of how healthy you are. You need to have the right type of fat in order to stay healthy. This means that those stick thin people you see in the high street may be unhealthier than the guy over the road whose currently eating his 2nd pie of the day.

Get your cholesterol checked

It doesn’t matter how much you weigh and what size clothes you wear, you could still be susceptible to a wide range of conditions. One of the most important things you need to do is get your cholesterol checked. United Medical Education has developed a method to evaluate your cholesterol levels and the risk associated with heart attack. This will help your doctor to determine how healthy you really are. For example, my dad is a bit skinny, he eats a very healthy diet but he still has high cholesterol. If his cholesterol levels were indicative of his diet then his ‘Score’ would be in the minus.

What about diabetes?

Despite being thin enough to mistake you for a lamp post, you could still be susceptible to diabetes. The sad fact is that many skinny people don’t know they are at risk of this condition because they automatically assume they are healthy.

One of the best things you can do to ensure you have a healthy life is to get your cholesterol and your blood sugar checked regularly. It doesn’t matter how fat or thin you are, we are all susceptible to some conditions, you just need to be on the lookout for them and eat a sensible diet.

How to find the right Doctor for you

Posted on 1 August, 2014  in Wellbeing
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Most of us have had an appointment with a doctor that we just cannot get along with. No matter how much we try, we can’t seem to settle with them. Even though the doctor may be working hard to ensure we get the care we need, sometimes a clash of personalities or practices’ opening hours can stop us from feeling satisfied with the service. This is why we’ve created this guide so you can find the right doctor for you.

Do a bit of research

If you’re looking for a new doctor, do a bit of research. Compare doctors’ surgeries and assess what facilities and clinics they offer. You may also want to see if there was a recent quality of care report. If there is then you should read this to determine the standards of care you are likely to receive.

What location is best for you?

Would you prefer to see a doctor close to your home, or one who happens to be near your place of work? If you work full-time you may find it easier to attend a practice that’s close to your place of work. If there isn’t one nearby, why not look for a local walk-in centre?

Travelling to see your doctor

If you live in a remote part of the country, you need to make sure that you can travel to the doctor’s should you need to. Can you get there by bus or train easily? Or can you walk there without any problems? The closer the surgery is, the better, especially if you have young children.

Opening hours

ohWhile some doctor’s surgeries are open from 8am until 6 or 7pm, some may only be open for a few hours each day. If you work full time you should ideally look for a surgery that’s open when you’re not working, unless you know you can get time off for your appointment when you need it.

Personal preferences

Some people prefer to see a male or female doctor. This can be for cultural reasons or perhaps you simply feel more comfortable seeing a male doctor as opposed to a female one. This is why it’s worth you checking to see if the surgery you’re about to register with has a male or female doctor who you can see whenever you need to.

Changing doctors

If you are not happy with your doctor’s surgery for whatever reason, you should know that you can change practices should you wish to. Ideally your new surgery should be in your local area and offer you the same services your old surgery did.

Once you have found a doctors’ surgery that you like the look of, pop down and ask them for a registration form so you can book an appointment as soon as you need to.

Do Restrictive Diets Work?

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There are a lot of restrictive diets out there at the moment. They allege that they can make us thinner and healthier in no time at all. Unfortunately these types of diets can be very damaging to your health. Although they may help you to lose weight in the short term, they can create more problems than they’re worth.

Not a lot of people know that the quicker you lose weight, the faster you’re more likely to put it back on. This is because your body will go into ‘Starvation mode’ and will automatically absorb every ounce of fat that it can. This is why a lot of obese people find that they put on weight even if they don’t eat very much.

Sometimes restrictive diets simply cause you to become malnourished. Yes you can live off one type of food for a week, but chances are you will be denying your body the nutrients it needs.

If you are thinking of undergoing a restrictive diet (Which is basically any diet), you should only do so with the support of your doctor. Some medical conditions may make it very dangerous for you to try to lose weight by restricting what you eat.

A lot of people like to fast for 2 days a week. They think it will help them to clean out their system and help them to lose weight. The latter is of course true, but in fasting you are again denying your body the nutrients it needs to function properly. What’s more is you are likely to struggle with the lack of food and you may not be able to think clearly.

This type of diet seems to be very popular at the moment. However, it is likely that once you have lost the desired amount of weight, you will put it back on again unless you’re very careful.

Restrictive diets may well work in the short term, but in the long term they could leave you with a wide range of health problems. It’s important to note that from an evolutionary point of view our ancestors didn’t try to be slim. When food was scarce, it was those who carried a little more weight who were more likely to survive.

We all need to find a balance between being thin and being obese. The most important thing is to be healthy, the healthier you are, the less likely you will be ill. A healthy balanced diet that doesn’t restrict your intake is the best way to stay healthy.

 

De-stress Yourself for a Healthier Future

Posted on 13 July, 2014  in Mental Health
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Many of us have lives that are full of stress. It doesn’t matter whether this stress is caused by work, by family matters or money, it can impact our lives and our health. As an example, I was once so stressed by work related matters that I started to get chest pains. A quick visit to the emergency department at my local hospital revealed that stress was starting to take its toll.

I’ve always been pretty easy going, but because work had been getting to me and I didn’t know how to deal with stress, I found myself suffering from some nasty side effects. Life is less stressful now, even though I run my own business and am ultimately responsible for putting food on the table. So how did I do it? How did I get rid of a lot of my stress? I made some changes in my life that turned things around for the better.

Here are some tips that will help you to de-stress your life too:

1 Identify what you think is causing your stress. If you’re not sure, make a list of the likeliest suspects. The sooner you know what’s causing your stress, the sooner you’ll be able to do something about it.

2 Accept that you suffer from stress and you may need help to deal with it. I didn’t think I would ever suffer from stress as I thought it was only high-flying 50+ businessmen who did. The fact of the matter is that the majority of us get stressed at some point in our lives.

3 Work towards a solution by trying to get rid of the situations that are making you feel this way. When I realized I was stressed because of work, I quit my job a month later. If you don’t have the option to do this, it may be worth trying to work out which part of your job is affecting you. Sometimes we all need to take a step back and put our health before anything else. If this means you end up working somewhere else that you may not like but is less stressful, it could do you the world of good.

4 Speak to your doctor about your stress levels so they know what you’re going through. They may even be able to offer you advice and perhaps a bit of medication too.

Don’t suffer alone, deal with your stress so your life is so much better, and you don’t wake up tense because of the day ahead.

 

Top Tips to help you Relieve Stress

Posted on 6 July, 2014  in Mental Health
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Stress can affect most of us at some point in our lives. It can help us to feel more motivated and help us to get better results at work. But stress can also take over our lives and become something of a problem. It can affect our health, our work and our personal life, so much so that we may never feel able to relax and enjoy life once more.

One of the best ways for you to relieve stress is to start by working out what is causing it in the first place. You should also stop using any unhelpful behaviours that could make the stress worse. Unhelpful behaviours can be anything from drinking, smoking, taking drugs or self-harming.

Stress can aggravate other disease processes within the body. Often those under extreme stress can experience a heart attack. In the event of an immediate medical emergency having a healthcare provider that has their ACLS certification assist can save one’s life. ACLS online certification is a course taken by physicians and nurses that teach them how to save people. Other courses taken by physicians and doctors include PALS and BLS. ACLS, PALS and BLS are sometimes taken together because some information overlaps.

Here are some more tips that could potentially help you say ‘Goodbye’ to your stress forever:

  1. Try to deal with your stress effectively. Exercise could help you to do just that. For example, after work I always jump on my exercise bike and do at least 3 miles, it helps me to work off my stress and helps me to focus on something else.
  2. Try to take control of the situation. You’re likely to be feeling somewhat out of control right now, and that could be affecting your stress levels even more, as well as your health. If you’re stressed because you don’t seem to have enough hours in the day, try to organize things a little better. If you’re stressed because you hate your job, look for a new one.
  3. Make sure you tell someone about how you’re feeling. This person may be able to come up with a helpful solution, or they may simply make you feel a little better about things.
  4. Take time out for yourself. Do something you enjoy: Go on a small holiday, go to the movies, play your favorite sports or visit an art gallery. No matter what you love to do you should do it as it could help to relieve your stress and give you more time for yourself.
  5. Try to look for the good things in life. Make a list of the things you’re grateful for, and think about them. Everyday write down at least two things you’re grateful for, this will help you to become more optimistic over time.
  6. Understand that you cannot change everything. You may feel the need to be in control, but realize that there are a lot of things you simply cannot be in control of. The cold weather may make you feel miserable, the redundancies at your place of work may leave your future a little uncertain, but you can turn these negatives into positives and look for the good.

Working to reduce your stress levels is something most of us need to do. If you take the above 6 tips on board and work towards them, you may find your life is a lot easier.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your stress levels, they may be able to suggest other ways for you to relax. Medication and counseling could help you to get over these negative feelings, and give you your life back once more.