We encourage all our patients to share the responsibility for their health, both in preventing disease and in treating existing diseases. Prevention really is better than cure. Many of the most serious diseases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and without the need for drugs. Please feel free to discuss general health and ask for advice. Below are some of the ways you can help to live, not only a longer, but also a fitter and more enjoyable life.
This is the single largest preventable cause of ill health in this country. It is a major cause of cancer, heart attack, angina and chest disease. If you would like advice and help in giving up, please ask.
A healthy diet not only helps control weight but also reduces cholesterol and helps prevent heart attacks. The practice nurses will provide advice on diet and how to achieve and maintain your target weight.
Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease helping you to reduce weight and making you feel better. If you are overweight or out of shape please ask for advice before starting vigorous exercise.
High blood pressure can, in the long term, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Reducing blood pressure can reduce these risks. Treatment does not always require tablets. All adults are advised to have their blood pressure checked every five years. If you have not had yours checked recently, please ask the nurse or doctor.
In terms of burning, premature ageing and wrinkling, the sun is the skin's number one enemy. The effects can be serious repeated or severe sunburn can cause some forms of skin cancer. Keep an eye on moles and see your doctor immediately if a mole or area of your skin is changing colour or shape. Choose the right protection for yourself and your family. With the right sunscreen even people with sensitive skin can be protected and reduce their risk.
THE FAMILY MEDICINE CABINET
It is suggested that the following items be kept in the house for minor illnesses or injuries:
Antacid tablets for indigestion
Antiseptic cream for septic spots, cuts and grazes
Calamine lotion for insect bites, stings and sunburn
Cotton wool for cleaning cuts and grazes
Crepe bandage for sprains
Dressing strips for cuts
Paracetamol or calpol for headaches, aches, pains and fever
Thermometer to check for fever
Tweezers to remove splinters
All medicines should be locked in a box or cupboard and kept out of reach of children.