Health information

Weight Loss

Weight-loss basics

While there are plenty of ways to lose weight, maintaining your weight loss over the long term is often unsuccessful. If you've lost and found the same pounds several times before, it's probably time to go back to the basics of a healthy weight:

  • Prevention of weight gain or stopping recent weight gain can improve your health.
  • Health can improve with relatively minor weight reduction (5 percent to 10 percent of body weight).
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle – eating smarter and moving more – can improve your health status even if you don't lose any weight at all.

Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition. This means that it lasts for a long time, often for someone's whole life. For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body.

So when people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as breads, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets, it can’t be converted into energy. Instead of being turned into energy the glucose stays in the blood. This is why blood glucose levels are higher in people with diabetes. Glucose is carried around your body in

Heart Disease

What Is Heart Disease?

The human heart is built for amazing endurance, but like any other part of the body, it is vulnerable to breakdowns.

Heart problems vary widely in their nature and severity. They may be transient or chronic, slow-developing or sudden, merely inconvenient or fatal. Some types of heart disease, closely linked to diet and lifestyle choices, are preventable; others are due to heredity, infections, or other uncontrollable factors.

The following is a list of the most common types of heart disease:

  • Coronary Artery Disease - Coronary artery disease, the most common of all heart problems, is characterized

Cancer

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a renegade system of growth that originates within a patient's biosystem, more commonly known as the human body. There are many different types of cancers, but all share one hallmark characteristic: unchecked growth that progresses toward limitless expansion.

It is difficult to imagine anyone who has not heard of this illness. Most people have been affected because either they or their loved ones or friends are cancer survivors.

Because cancer is so prevalent, people have many questions about its biology, detection, diagnosis, possible causes, and strategies for prevention.

Gastro-Intestinal

Gastrointestinal infection (infectious intestinal disease) affects as many as 1 in 5 members of the population each year. Symptoms of gastrointestinal infection, which are not necessarily confined to diarrhoea and vomiting, are caused by the organisms themselves or by the toxins that they produce.

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Functional disorders

Functional disorders are those in which the bowel looks normal but doesn’t work properly. They are the most common problems affecting the colon and rectum, and include constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The primary causes for functional disorders include:

Asthma

What is Asthma?

When you breathe, air passes through your nose and down your throat into your lungs. Inside your lungs are branching tubes called airways. With asthma, the airways are often swollen and red (or inflamed). This makes them extra sensitive to things that you are exposed to in the environment every day or asthma “triggers”. A trigger could be a cold, the weather, or things in the environment, such as dust, chemicals, smoke and pet dander.

When someone with asthma breathes in a trigger, the insides of the airways make extra mucus and swell even more. This narrows the space for the air to move in and out of the lungs. The muscles that wrap around your airways can also tighten, making breathing even harder. When that happens, it’s called an asthma flare-up, asthma episode or asthma “attack”.

Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for us and, although giving up can be very hard, stopping smoking is one of the best lifestyle changes you can make to benefit your health. The other good news is that Lloydspharmacy is here to help you stop smoking. In fact, its been proven that if you combine Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) with one to one support, you're up to 4 times more likely to quit than if you go it alone.

Smoking facts

  • People are four times more likely to quit with support compared to those who choose to go it alone
  • Smoking increases the risk of serious diseases and health problems such as cancer, heart attack, stroke and breathing problems such as COPD

 

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