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 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 the country. It is a major cause of cancer, heart attacks, 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. Ask the nurse for advice.
Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease as well as reducing 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 risk of heart attacks and strokes. Reducing blood pressure can reduce these risks. Treatment does not always require tablets. All adults are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every five years. If you have not had yours checked recently, please ask the nurse or doctor.