Health & Wellbeing

Good health is so critical in so many areas of our lives – our state of health determines how much energy we have to work, to serve God and others and to enjoy our friends, family and our world. If our health deteriorates then we rapidly find that many other areas of our life deteriorate along with it.

There are many health conditions where current evidence suggests that there is little we can do to prevent them. But most of the commonest illnesses in the UK – heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many forms of cancer to name a few – can be often prevented, or their effects minimised by making healthy choices on a day to day basis, and the good news is that what helps to prevent one condition generally prevents most of them so the advice is usually the same – eat well, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke and get adequate rest. Simple! But the fact is, with our 21st century Western lifestyles it isn’t that simple – this part of the website aims to give you the facts about a number of health issues and how to avoid them, or deal with them if you have them.

More articles will be added regularly, and if you want us to deal with any particular issue then do contact us through the website and we will do so!

Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Every single day that I sit at my surgery desk, at least one patient – and usually a lot more than one – will sit with a resigned expression, sigh and say ‘I know I need to lose weight, you don’t need to tell me’. They say it in a number of predictable situations; sometimes…

Middle Age Spread – Is It Really Inevitable?

Ah, the menopause, such a mixed blessing for most of us. There exists the wonderful realisation that those pesky monthly bleeds are now the stuff of nostalgia and contraception never needs to be an issue ever again, but there can be a heavy price to pay in terms of the hot flushes, mood swings, short…

Menopause

One of the themes that runs through my life as a GP is that I never cease to be amazed at the rollercoaster lives that so many people seem to have – I have witnessed rags to riches – and riches to rags – stories that would sit very comfortably in any women’s weekly magazine,…

How Do I Tell If I’m Overweight?

We are constantly being bombarded by the media and health professionals (and health websites!) about the perils of being overweight or obese – the statistics are that at least two thirds of the UK adult population is now in one of these categories, and I now find myself having to use the term ‘healthy weight’…

Is There Such A Thing As A Fat Gene?

A few years ago much excitement ensued in both the medical and the general press surrounding the possible discovery of a ‘fat gene’ – for the first time in history we as a medical profession were to reassure the larger of our patients that there now existed incontrovertible evidence that their overweight was not their…

Don’t Go Breaking Your Heart

Heart disease, or to give it the correct name, ischaemic heart disease is the most common cause of death in the UK, with 1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women being affected, totalling approximately 100,000 deaths in the UK annually. And the same is true for most countries – more people die of…

Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, and usually develops from growths inside the bowel called polyps. These start as benign (harmless) swellings inside the bowel, but in certain circumstances they can develop into full blown cancer requiring radical treatment. It is not clear exactly what causes these polyps to grow…

Breast Cancer

Dealing with concerns about the possibility of breast cancer is one issue that takes up a great deal of my time as a female GP. Breast cancer is one of the most common diseases in the UK – 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives here…

Bands, Bypasses and Balloons

It will come as no surprise to most readers that I spend a great deal of my working life talking about weight issues or their consequences, and as we continue to career headlong further into our obesity epidemic I can only assume that this aspect of my work is, sadly, only going to increase. Most…

Cholesterol

‘Oooh no, it’s only six weeks since Christmas’. ‘I couldn’t possibly, I’m going on holiday next month and I wouldn’t want to spoil it’. ‘It was my birthday recently and I had far too much to eat/drink, not now thanks’. ‘Let me eat my new healthy diet for a while first’. When it comes to…

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