Reducing your risks
We are increasingly putting our efforts into preventing illness and have therefore put together this
page to help you become aware of risks of certain illnesses which are preventable. The philosophy is for everyone to have a Personalised Patient Plan which gives a risk score individual to you and then looking at what can be done to reduce the score. You can find out your risk scores for developing a condition such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease by clicking on the links.
Your personalised risk can be reduced in various ways (reducing weight, alcohol & stopping
smoking) and is compared to an age related average.
We use these same calculators and others (e.g. risk of osteoporotic fractures, cancer risk) in our daily consultations.
Screening is one of the best ways we have of preventing serious disease such as cancer. Currently the NHS has screening program’s for the following .
- Bowel Cancer screening
- Breast Cancer screening
- Cervical Cancer screening
- Aortic Aneurysm screening - to contact our local programme to arrange an appointment at a clinic near you Tel: 01865 572636 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Prostate cancer screening - this is slightly controversial but is of benefit if you have a family history of Prostate cancer.
- If you have a family history of cancer then predictive genetic test screening – may be for you.
High blood pressure – how to diagnose this.
We would encourage everyone to accept screening invitations. Outcomes in all Cancers are improved by early diagnosis. Many of the above cancers have no symptoms until they are significantly advanced.
Stopping smoking will significantly reduce your risk of developing many diseases and save you money. We all know the risks. Stopping smoking can be difficult. AIM can help as can the NHS stop smoking service.
Alcohol – how much is too much?
A small study in the “New Scientist” magazine showed that even “within limits” alcohol consumption causes a fatty liver. Recent articles from research have linked rising levels of alcohol consumption in the middle years of life as being linked to alzheimer's, liver cirrhosis and premature death. So we all need to be aware and keep alcohol intake to very small amounts especially when older. Alcohol is also very calorific.
Reducing your Risks of Developing Dementia
Currently the best advice is to lead a healthy life style, keep mentally and physically active and look after you gums and teeth. There is some research to suggest that gum disease, by increasing inflammatory mediators in the blood stream increases the risk of dementia. Please click on the link for Alzheimer’s society for more information
How to stay Young & perhaps stave off dementia- More information
Keeping fit, exercising, challenging your brain to learn . Eat "colour" ! Eating colourful foods such as red peppers & blueberries that contain purple pigments may be the way forward. "See the link to the BBC programme with the same name How to Stay Young.
Essentially its about working the brain – just like exercising a muscle; if you don’t use it you loose it.
So – learn a new language, a new instrument, and new skill. Stimulate your brain all the time, exercise and start eating blackcurents , blueberry’s and red cabbage It’s the purple pigment that helps stave off brain shrinkage, will all the other activities as mentioned.
Making changes to lifestyle can be difficult.
Motivation to change is key.
If you need help to improve your motivation to make changes then click on the link to this brilliant app AIM
Why weight? – Weight is a critical factor in many preventable diseases (high blood pressure,
Diabetes, Stroke, kidney disease, Cancer, Painful joints – the time to act is before you become ill. The plan is not do diet but change your way of life, we can help you to achieve this.
National statistics show that over 6o% of adults are overweight with 25% being obese. Average
BMI has risen from 23 to an unhealthy 27 representing an average weight increase of 15kg per
person. By 2050 obesity alone is predicted to affect 55% of adults and 25% of children.
So Why Weight?
Since 2011 we have been educating patients with Type 2 diabetes about the seriousness of their condition and its relationship to excess visceral triglyceride fat.
We have advised them that they can halt and possibly reverse the decline in their condition, and
maybe come off medication entirely if they lose sufficient weight, at 15kg much more than
Reversing Type 2 Diabetes (this link also includes specific guidance on how to do this and examples of diets to follow).
Type 2 Diabetes does not have to be a long term condition - Click on the following link which
encapsulates the way we are thinking about Diabetes in this practice including are approach to diet, nutrition being overweight and obesity intensive dietary management
We are now extending this advice to the obese and Pre-Diabetics who can reverse their condition, and the likelihood of developing diabetes if they lose 5 to 15 kg weight.
Certain foods stimulate too much insulin and this causes them to store too much fat. WE all need to refocus onto consuming less calorific foods, less processed foods, lower glycemic index foods, increased fiber with regular mealtimes and avoidance of snacking.
The current BBC series Doctor in the House very much follows the philosophy as outlined above – worth a watch and read. Although we cannot come and live with you – you can benefit from investing in yourself. You are after all a very sophisticated biological organism which works best if it is looked after well
Maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain among adults and children is very
important. Please see this link on NICE guidelines which we are following.
We can refer you to one of NHS recognised dieting schemes (see the eat4health link below) or to
support you when you consider intermittent fasting such as the 5:2 diet.
Technology such as the apple health kit app Apple Health Kit may be useful to you. Try it!
Eat 4 Health - Self Referral Form . The Eat4health web site provides more information https://www.eat-4-health.co.uk/