High Blood Pressure: How Lifestyle Changes Can Help

Blood pressure (BP) refers to the force that blood exerts on the blood vessels as it circulates through your body vessels. Hypertension commonly known as ‘high blood pressure’ increases the risk of heart disease, strokes, vascular disease, kidney disease, eye disorders and can cause damage to various other organs. There is an overwhelming focus on…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

Up until only recently, sleep was thought to be a relatively passive process and its importance in health and the prevention of disease had been overlooked. However, we now have plenty of science to illustrate poorer health outcomes in those that do not get enough of it. Sleep is the bedrock upon which the other…

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SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE : Much Ado About Studies

We often see attention grabbing headlines in the media touting a revolutionary new cure for an ailment, the latest fad diet or engaging marketing claims backed by “scientific evidence” pervading the health and fitness industry. But how do we know the claims stack up? Unfortunately, not all scientific studies carry equal claim, and these claims…

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FATS: What You Need To Know

Up until only recently, dietary fat had been given a bad press often being demonised and blamed for the rise in many diseases. This narrative can be traced back many decades to research following World War II, which showed a link between certain types of fat and heart disease. The truth is much more complex.…

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HOW TO EAT TO LOSE WEIGHT

Nearly two thirds of UK adults are classified as overweight and just over a quarter are classified as obese. With the endless minefield of information on the net about the most effective way to lose weight, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start if looking to make a positive change.…

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CAN WE PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?

Dementia ranks alongside cardiovascular disease and cancer as one of the most common causes of death in the UK. Fear of ageing can be driven in part due to worries over social isolation and physical illness but for many the thought of losing mental capacity can be particularly troubling. This post aims to discuss the…

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MUSCLE LOSS AND AGEING: Use it or Lose it!

WHAT IS SARCOPENIA? Sarcopenia is the medical term for muscle wasting (taken from the Ancient Greek for ‘sarx’- meaning ‘flesh’ and ‘penia’ –meaning ‘loss’). Physical activity is essential to preventing illness as we reach our advanced years, but more emphasis needs to be given to resistance (strength) as well as balance training which is often…

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