Restock your winter medicine cabinet
Many adults pick up common winter ailments such as a cold
or flu-like illness. These can often be effectively treated
at home with readily available medicine.
Use your local pharmacy
Your local pharmacy is an accessible resource and your pharmacist
can offer advice or help if you have run out of any prescribed
medication. You can also collect medicine for minor ailments
Make sure you have repeat prescriptions
If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly,
make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good
time to ensure you or your family have enough medicine to
last over the Christmas holiday period.
Know when your GP surgery will be open
Your local doctor's surgery will be open on Friday 23rd December,
then closed for four days during the Christmas period and
it will reopen on Wednesday 28th. The surgery will be shut
again from December 31st-3rd January at, and reopen on Wednesday
4th January, 2012.
Cut Your Risk of Diabetes
The older we get, the more likely we are to get diabetes,
specifically type 2. Around 1 in 7 older people have diabetes
and these numbers are likely to rise. Although no-one completely
understands the causes of diabetes, if you control the risk
factors, you can reduce your chances of getting it.
The facts about diabetes
Since 1996, the number of people with diabetes has increased
from 1.4 million to 2.6 million. By 2025, it's estimated that
more than 4 million will have diabetes in the UK. 9 out of
10 of these cases are type 2 diabetes, the preventable form
of the condition.
Although we don't know the causes, there are a number of
factors that can increase your chance of developing type 2
diabetes, so by taking simple steps, you can lower your chances
of getting it.
1. Lose weight: Quite simply, shedding pounds will
drastically reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
80% of people who have diabetes are overweight, so if you
are overweight or obese, it's time to think about cutting
back. A good measure is your waist size. More than 31.5 inches
(80cm) for a woman and 37 inches (94cm) for a man and you
need to start thinking about cutting back.
2. Increase your exercise levels It goes without
saying that increasing the amount of time you spend exercising
will make you feel better and help towards losing weight.
Research has found that regular exercise can reduce your risk
of developing by up to 64%, so it is backed up by science.
Talk to your GP for an idea of some suitable exercises for
3. Stop smoking Most people are aware of smoking's
link to cancer, but not as many understand how it's connected
to diabetes. Smoking has been proven to increase blood pressure
levels, which are known to be a major cause of diabetes. If
you need help giving up, the NHS runs a free stop smoking
4. Eat healthily A diet that is low in fat, sugar
and salt and contains a lot of fruit and veg will reduce your
cholesterol levels - a simple way to reduce your risk of diabetes.
Page-6 Cut Your Risk of Diabetes - continued Studies published
in 2009 revealed that eating processed meat ups your risk
of diabetes by 40% and more recent research has shown that
vegetarians are a third less likely to suffer from heart problems,
a stroke or diabetes.
5. Cut down on alcohol Drinking alcohol can contribute
towards the conditions that cause diabetes. Booze can increase
your chances of putting on weight, as it is essentially empty
calories. A pint of beer, for example, can be equivalent to
a bar of chocolate. Heavy drinking can also lead to conditions
such as chronic pancreatitis, which has a side effect of diabetes.
There's nothing wrong with a little alcohol in moderation,
but excessive drinking can definitely lead to an increased
risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Get checked out: Type 2 diabetes is, by and large,
a condition that affects people over the age of 40, so it's
important to get a check up from your doctor. They can advise
if what sort of risk you have and what action, if any, you
(Excerpts taken from Age Scotland and Age UK; and is for
information purposes only.) My apologies to all contributors
for any misquote.