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The Elmdene & Bean Surgeries
 The Elmdene & Bean Surgeries
national health service
LAST MONTH 130 PATIENTS DID NOT ATTEND THEIR APPOINTMENTS

It's Easy To Take Your Health For Granted

 

       By following a healthy lifestyle you can reduce the risk of getting seriously ill. You will feel better and it will help improve your immune system.

 

Alcohol

 

       In small quantities, alcohol can actually be beneficial to health. In large quantities, on a regular basis, it can have a very serious negative effect on health. At one extreme it can kill. CIRRHOSIS of the liver, for instance, is killing an increasing number of people, as are drivers who are over the limit.

An accepted safe limit is 28 units a week for men and 21 units for women, a unit being approximately a glass of wine, half a pint of beer or a single measure of spirit
This recommended maximum presumes that the consumption is spread throughout the week and not consumed all at once in a 'binge'

 

Smoking

 

       Over 100,000 people die each year in the UK from smoking-related diseases
Every cigarette you smoke can shorten your life by an average of five and a half minutes
Babies of smokers are, on average, 200 g smaller than those of non smokers

 

How To Give Up

 

       Stopping smoking is all about motivation. Without the real desire to give up you are unable to succeed. You must want to give up rather than feel you should give up.

Set a date a week or so in the future when you intend to stop
Tell all your friends, relations and work colleagues that you're giving up on that day and ask for their support and encouragement. If at all possible, find someone to give up with you
When the big day comes; plan it carefully with plenty to keep you occupied. Avoid situations where the desire to smoke will be strongest such as whilst drinking
Finally, carefully put the money you would have spent on cigarettes on one side, each day, to save up for some special treat as a reward
If you've tried everything and failed but are still keen to give up, seek help from your Doctor.

 

Diet

 

       If your diet is lacking, your body has ways of letting you know, for example, you may be overweight or underweight or you may have a spotty complexion or constipation. Ultimately, a bad diet can lead to serious problems such as heart disease.

A good diet helps fight off disease and makes you look and feel good

 


Eight Ways To Keep Healthy

 

       BLOOD PRESSURE
Has yours been checked in the past five years? give up.
 

       OVERWEIGHT
Some people are overweight - others are "under tall". Chances are you weigh more than you should.
 

       SMOKING
More and more people are giving up smoking. There are various programmes available to help you give up.
 

       EXERCISE
Regular exercise has both physical and mental benefits.
 

       RELAXATION
Tension and anxiety can be helped by a psychologist or counsellor.
 

       ALCOHOL
Can make a good servant but a bad master.
 

       CERVICAL SMEARS
We recommend women should have regular three yearly cervical smears.
 

       TETANUS PREVENTION
We will check if you are immune and bring your cover up to date.

      
 

 


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