High blood pressure

The tricky thing about detecting high blood pressure is it doesn’t have many symptoms – yet if it goes unnoticed it can result in some serious problems (see box), even death. Around a billion people in the world have high blood pressure – yet although this means about one in…

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Getting to the heart of high blood pressure

The tricky thing about detecting high blood pressure is it doesn’t have many symptoms – yet if it goes unnoticed it can result in some serious problems (see box), even death. Around a billion people in the world have high blood pressure – yet although this means about one in…

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MENOPAUSE – a tortuous journey to physical freedom

Hot flushes – memory loss – night sweats – anxiety – weight gain – thinning hair – headaches – the list of menopausal symptoms is long and not very appealing. Some women suffer far more than others; some can even begin the process before they’re in their forties; there is…

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Alpha 1 – taking your breath away

Most people have heard of COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an umbrella term for a group of lung conditions such as emphysema that can cause breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and chest infections. Lesser known is a condition that a few people never actually realise they have – but which can…

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Fat, 50 and fed up? How 3 women lost weight – in their own ways

There’s no doubt that being overweight is unhealthy. It can lead to all sorts of disorders, from heart and breathing problems to joint issues to diabetes – there’s nothing good about it and the risks are many. Any lifestyle magazine will give you tips on losing weight, offer you diets,…

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Anxiety – find relief with reflexology

Have you noticed feeling any of these things a little bit more often than usual? Headaches – or other aches Finding your chest a bit tight, as if there’s not enough capacity in your lungs Really tight neck and shoulders Jumping out of your skin at the slightest provocation Sleeplessness…

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Diabetes Type 2

A disease once afflicting the middle-aged now on the rise in children, according to the Local Government Association. Most of us know that unhealthy lifestyles can cause all sorts of problems, from putting on weight and lack of energy to heart disease and cancer. Another disease that is on the…

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Osteoarthritis

There are many kinds of arthritis (coming from the Greek word ‘arthron’, meaning joint, and ‘itis’, meaning ‘inflammation’), and it is important to get an accurate diagnosis so that you get the right treatment. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and usually only affects people once they’ve hit…

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