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Diabetes type 2 symptoms: This common yeast infection can indicate you have the condition
 
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Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.The longer you have diabetes, and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher the risk of complications.Some of the complications can be disabling or even life-threatening.The NHS outlines seven symptoms, and one of these is common yeast infection thrush. Thrush is more common in people wth diabetes as high sugar levels lead to better conditions for the yeast to grow.Thrush in women appears as a white discharge (like cottage cheese), which does not usually smell, can cause itching and irritation around the vagina, and soreness and stinging during sex or when you pee.In men, thrush can cause irritation, burning and redness around the head of the penis and under the foreskin, a white discharge (like cottage cheese), an unpleasant smell and difficulty pulling back the foreskin.Thrush is usually harmless but repeated cases could indicate diabetes type 2. Symptoms of diabetes Fri, August 19, 2016 Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 500,000 who are living undiagnosed with the condition. Play slideshow People should be aware signs and symptoms of diabetes are not always obvious and the condition is often diagnosed during GP check ups. Other symptoms of diabetes type 2 to look out for, according to the NHS, include peeing more than usual, particularly night, feeling very tired, losing weight without trying to, cuts or wounds taking longer to heal and blurred vision.While the signs and symptoms aren’t always obvious, diabetes can often be diagnosed during a routine check-up.If you think you have diabetes, see your GP as soon as possible.Early diagnosis and treatment for type 2 diabetes is very important as it may reduce the risk of developing complications later on.Treatment for diabetes aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible, and making simple lifestyle changes can usually help this.You could lower blood sugar naturally by taking Panax ginseng supplements, Northumbria University scientists claimed. Ginseng is a herb that naturally suppresses appetite, nutritionists said.But diabetics should speak to a GP before taking ginseng supplements.What complications can arise from untreated diabetes?
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Batten disease: My son, aged 4, is losing his childhood... to dementia
 
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George Young is one of Britain’s youngest sufferers of the disease, which has already began to rob him of his childhood and will eventually stop him growing up.George was a happy, healthy child who had just started to walk and feed himself when he began having seizures 18 months ago.Doctors initially thought he had developed epilepsy, but further tests showed he was suffering from Batten disease – an extremely rare form of childhood dementia.His condition rapidly deteriorated. George has now forgotten dozens of words and lost the ability to walk. Related articles Terminally ill boy beats the odds and delivers best man speech Batten disease: Parents beg NHS for wonder drug to save their daughter There is currently no treatment for George’s strain of the condition. He will eventually have to be fed through a tube in his tummy and is unlikely to live past his late teens.Fighting back tears, Claire, 35, said: “He was just at the age where he had mastered all of those skills that we spent time teaching him – his walking and his eating and his language. To watch those all unravel for him was really difficult.“It’s horrible to see him being robbed of his childhood.”While dementia typically affects people aged over 65, Batten disease is an incurable inherited disorder of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood.It leaves children suffering cognitive impairment, seizures, and progressive loss of sight and motor skills. Early symptoms of the terminal illness appear between the ages of five and 10 years and parents have to endure the agony of helplessly watching their child’s rapid decline.Claire, a solicitor who is separated from George’s father, does not know how much time she has left with her son.Yesterday she told the Daily Express how she is determined to cherish every moment with him. She has devised a “bucket and spade list” to give him as many experiences as possible before his condition deteriorates further.Claire, of Kenilworth, Warwickshire, said: “I wasn’t aware of childhood dementia. You especially don’t expect it to happen to one of your own.“Apart from the symptoms you can already see, I can’t believe what’s going to happen to my little boy.”Claire is backing the Dementia Strikes Children Too campaign. Visit childhooddementia.co.uk to find out more.______________________________________CLAIRE YOUNG...A MOTHER’S STORYI WOULD never not have George in my life in whatever capacity, whether he was well or he had the condition. In that sense I don’t care about the condition.But it is ravaging my son and it completely destroys families. Since the seizures started 18 months ago his deterioration has felt incredibly quick.The hardest thing for me is the unpredictability. Because it’s a rare condition the professionals don’t have the information available to be able to predict a pattern or a prognosis.When you are faced with that fate, all you can do is make the best of it and make the most of the time that we have with him, becau
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Arthritis: Take this vitamin to prevent joint pain
 
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Around 10 million people in the UK suffer from arthritis.Two million of those have rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease where pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints is caused by inflammation.Flare ups can be common and usually affect the hands, wrists and feet.Vitamin C has been found to help arthritis sufferers with their joint pain.In particular, the vitamin seems to work well for those with rheumatoid arthritis. Related articles Early warning signs for rheumatoid arthritis Arthritis: Obesity worsens disability in rheumatoid arthritis patients A US study published in the Journal of Translational Medicine showed that vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, prevented pain in sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.Patients with painful symptoms were given the vitamin intravenously twice a week for four weeks. Afterwards, the pain had disappeared.“We have shown a complete decrease in pain in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis following administration of twice-weekly infusions of high-dose vitamin C,” the report said.“This data suggests that vitamin C may be more effective for the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis than osteoarthritis.”Other studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin C are three times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people whose diets include an adequate supply of the vitamin. 10 foods to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms Wed, November 8, 2017 Rheumatoid arthritis: Foods to reduce arthritis symptoms and pain. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 11 The best foods for reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis The recommended intake in the UK is 40mg of a day, all of which people should be able to get from their diet..Blackcurrants, red and green peppers, kiwi fruits, strawberries and papaya are also good choices.However, excessive vitamin C can prove problematic, so getting the right amount can be vital.Some research has found that too much of the vitamin can speed up joint damage in sufferers of osteoarthritis.Very high doses of vitamin C – well above recommended daily limits – can worsen osteoarthritis of the knee.It can aggravate the problem by accelerating cartilage damage, according to several studies.The heat-producing component in chilli peppers has been found to reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis.Capsaicin, extracted from the chillis, can be used topically as a cream, gel or plaster.It works by interfering with the substance in our bodies that is involved with transmitting pain signals from nerve endings to the brain.
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Cancer treatment: Dr Chris recommends this honey to help patients survive chemotherapy
 
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Cancer treatment methods usually involve either, or a combination, of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.Chemotherapy is medication that works to kill off cancerous cells, but this form of treatment can also bring down a person’s white blood cell count.White blood cells help fight infections by attacking bacteria, viruses, and germs that invade the body.When the number of white cells drop as a result of chemotherapy, cancer specialists are usually forced to reduce the dose of chemotherapy or stop the treatment completely, meaning the tumour grows again.But Dr Chris, appearing on This Morning, recommended LifeMel Honey. Related articles Sunburn warning: This is how much you should reapply Prostate cancer symptoms: Enlarged prostate sign of the disease? On the Life Mel site it states: “LifeMel Honey is the only honey available that has had a clinical study done to determine effectiveness in decreasing side effects, including anaemia, severe neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia of patients involved in chemotherapy.”Dr Chris, who made it clear he was not endorsing the brand, explained the honey, which is made in Israel, comes from bees fed on a combination of medicinal herbs, including ginseng, echinacea and lemon balm.It was developed by a microbiologist who noticed that beekeepers and their families stayed healthy during a cholera outbreak.The honey is pricey, but Dr Chris said all that’s needed is one level teaspoon twice a day.He recently advised a pancreatic patient of his to take LifeMel honey - a patient whose chemotherapy was particularly toxic. Rare cancers you've probably never heard of Thu, December 15, 2016 Rare cancer types you've probably never heard of from foot cancer to salivary gland cancer. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 8 Rare cancers you've probably never heard of ITVDr Chris said: “His white blood cells dropped a little, but generally there was no change.”Starbucks and other coffee sellers in California were forced to put a cancer warning on coffee earlier this year. So should we be worried to drink takeaway coffee? Dr Chris Steele offered his recommendation on This Morning last month. Straight away he said: “No I would’t be worried.”While cancer warnings may be about to be stamped across takeaway coffee cups in California, Dr Chris reminded viewers that in the past, coffee has been found in studies to help slash the risk of cancer.Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day has been found to reduce the risk of liver cancer.LIFEMEL HONEYA review of American and Italian research at the end of last year concluded that “moderate” consumption slashed the risk of liver cancer by 40 per cent compared with those who did not drink any coffee – with more cups giving more protection.Dr Chris said he came to the conclusion that takeaway coffee is nothing to worry about after speaking with a cancer specialist.Relaying what he was told, he said: “There are items in everything that enters your body that has potential carcinoge
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Fibromyalgia - five health conditions that could be linked to your widespread pain
 
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Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, according to the NHS.The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but it may be linked to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain.Changes to the central nervous system may also be instigating the painful condition.Fibromyalgia symptoms often include muscle stiffness and a heightened sensitivity to pain.But, which other health conditions could be linked to fibromyalgia? Related articles Fibromyalgia symptoms: Taking CBD oil supplements Fibromyalgia symptoms: Difference between condition and arthritis “Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain disorders,” said medical website EverydayHealth.“Although fibromyalgia can occur in anyone, it's more common in women.“Between 75 and 90 per cent of people diagnosed with the disorder are women.“Having certain other medical conditions may be another risk factor for fibromyalgia.“In many cases, it isn’t clear whether these conditions might trigger the onset of fibromyalgia, or whether they are instead an effect of fibromyalgia — or whether both conditions are due to some other underlying cause.” 6 Simple exercises to prevent painful back pain Tue, October 4, 2016 Try these 6 physiotherapist-approved exercises to prevent a painful back pain. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 13 Try these 6 Simple exercises to prevent painful back pain Fibromyalgia patients often also have chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and lyme disease, the medical website claimed.Some patients also have restless legs syndrome - a condition which causes unpleasant sensations in the legs, causing involuntary limb movements.Rheumatoid arthritis could also be linked to fibromyalgia.The arthritis is an auto-immune condition, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks joints.There’s currently no cure for fibromyalgia, but some treatments may help to relieve symptoms.Painkillers and antidepressants may be prescribed by your GP.Some therapies could help you to cope during flare ups, including cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling.You could also reduce fibromyalgia pain by doing plenty of regular exercise, the NHS said.See a GP if you’re worried about the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
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Vitamin B12 supplements could postpone Parkinson’s disease and cognitive decline
 
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Patients recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease that have low levels of vitamin B12 develop symptoms faster than those with higher levels, which suggests supplementation could postpone the progression of symptoms.This is according to a new study published in the journal Movement Disorders.Parkinson’s disease is a condition where parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years, and the three main symptoms are a tremor, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness.The research demonstrates that low vitamin B12 levels are associated with greater walking and balance problems, possibly due to the known effect of a B12 deficiency on the central peripheral nervous systems. In the study, researchers divided patients, who were recently diagnosed but had not yet begun treatment, into three groups according to their levels of vitamin B12 and assessed them over a two-year period.Upon completion of preliminary evaluations, patients were given the opportunity to take a controlled daily vitamin supplement. Research results showed improved vitamin B12 levels in approximately 50 per cent of participants, indicating supplementation was taken.Disease progression in patients with improved vitamin B12 levels was found to be much slower with them exhibiting a decreased score on the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) (a measure of Parkinson’s disability) compared with those maintaining low levels of the vitamin., however it is notoriously difficult to absorb through the gut, meaning that supplementing has become a necessity - B12 is so difficult to absorb that only one per cent of intake from food is retained, according to founder and managing director of natural health company BetterYou. A-Z of vitamins and minerals Mon, September 12, 2016 Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that your body needs in order to work properly. Take a look at our guide to see what each vitamin and mineral does. Play slideshow A-Z of vitamins and minerals He said: “B12 is a vital nutrient, by delivering it orally in spray form it benefits from the super absorbent soft tissue of the mucosal membrane within the mouth and the proximity of a rich vascular system.“Our daily required intake for health maintenance is relatively small, however few foods provide a rich source (red meats and offal are major sources) and more restricted diets omit these. In addition, B12 is a very difficult vitamin to absorb and our digestive efficiency is reducing rapidly.“Supplementation is becoming more of a necessity for us and using a spray in the mouth bypasses the digestive system, ensuring optimal absorption.”Vitamin B12 Sprays are available from health stores such as Holland & Barratt - for example BetterYou B12 Boost Oral Spray.Vitamin B12 is important for many body processes, but if it’s in short supply the body won’t make as many red blood cells, they will be abnormally large and won’t last for as long as they should.If you don’t have enough red blood ce
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Dementia: THESE personality changes could be early signs of frontotemporal dementia
 
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About 850,000 people in the UK have dementia.Frontotemporal dementia is a relatively rare form of the disease that affects the parts of the frontal lobe that regulate speech, language, knowledge and social behaviour.Dementia usually affects people over 65, but frontotemporal dementia tends to start at a younger age, with most cases diagnosed in people aged 45 to 65.Patients in the UK have an average lifespan of eight years after they have been diagnosed.Those in the advanced stage of the disease have usually lost all or most of their language skills and may find it hard to eat, move or look after themselves. But in the early stages, frontotemporal dementia can be difficult to identify. Related articles Frontotemporal dementia: Are you at risk of symptoms? Dementia: Four signs of rare frontotemporal dementia Because the initial symptoms mirror many other conditions, patients are often misdiagnosed with depression, schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s, or they may consider the early signals to be normal changes associated with ageing. One of the earliest symptoms is a change in emotions, as a person might alter how they express their feelings towards others.Alzheimer’s Research UK notes they might suddenly develop unusual obsessions, such as becoming interested in certain beliefs or unexpected hobbies.Other obsessive behaviour, such as collecting items they’ve shown little interest in previously, is fairly common.Repetitive behaviour, including compulsively shaving or brushing hair, could be another indicator. Early signs of Dementia Tue, December 20, 2016 Dementia affects the ability to remember, think and reason. Here are the early signs to look out for in yourself and loved ones. Play slideshow Getty Images 1 of 12 Early signs of dementia A lack of social tact could be an early sign of the disease. They may display inappropriate behaviour such as telling rude jokes. You may notice unusual verbal, physical or sexual behaviour in a loved one.The person make also display a lack of interest in things they used to enjoy, or may become more withdrawn or easily distracted.This symptom could manifest itself in failing to maintain their normal level of personal hygiene.Weight gain could be another signal of frontotemporal dementia, as a patient suddenly changes the foods they like to eat. Favouring more sweets, and binge eating in general, is fairly common, the foundation says.Crucially, if these changes are pointed out to the sufferer, they wouldn't be aware or concerned. Alzheimer’s Research UK says they would have a “lack of awareness of any changes to their personality or behaviour.”As the disease progresses, language problems usually arise before memory is affected.Sufferers may struggle to find the word they are looking for, have issues when understanding a word or may have difficulty speaking. Over time, less and less language is used.They are also likely to experience movement problems. “This can include stiff or twitching muscles, mus
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Heart health: Scientists are closer to curing deadly pulmonary arterial hypertension
 
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The 27-year-old music teacher from Chelmsford, Essex, was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition called pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in her teens.The debilitating disease which affects blood vessels in the lungs, leads to heart failure, meaning that Tess will eventually need a heart transplant.“I was well enough to walk down the aisle and was symptom-free all day,” she says.“It was a very emotional day not only because of my health but because my dad Chris, who passed away in 2014, wasn’t there to share the day.“But we released a dove in his memory and I loved having my mum Val walk me up the aisle.” and for many sufferers the cause is a mystery. Related articles Heart disease treatment: Beta blockers could cure DEADLY lung condion High blood pressure affecting lungs could be treated with THIS Women are more than twice as likely to be affected as men and it often occurs in young people.It is a chronic disease that leaves sufferers feeling breathless, exhausted and in severe pain.After diagnosis only 50 per cent of those affected will survive for another five years. The only cure is a heart and lung transplant, which has associated risks and complications.Although PAH can be inherited, in Tess’s case it was caused by a hole in her heart which was discovered when she was 17 and studying for her A-levels at college.“I was angry when I found out my condition was incurable,” she recalls.“I thought, ‘Why me?’ and I was sad. I was a trumpet player and that was my life, although I also played piano and cello.“But I loved the trumpet. I was told I would never be able to play it again as it was putting too much pressure on my heart. That was the worst news for me.” Current treatments for PAH including macitentan and sildenafil can only target symptoms and can have unpleasant side effects such as nausea, limb pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.Tess, who takes both medications, says: “I get headaches, migraines and nausea but it’s got me through the last 10 years so I know that holding out through the side effects will be better for me in the long run.”Despite her condition, which often involves long stays in hospital, Tess managed to get a place at Southampton University to study music and obtain her degree.She travelled around Europe with an orchestra until she was 21 and worked in the Middle East before returning to the UK to become a music teacher.“I have always been a positive person,” she says. “But I never know what the next day will bring. I have to wake up and see how I feel.“If I go out and start to feel sick I have to go home. I also find that if I go out and let my hair down I have to take the next day off as I will spend the day in bed. I went on holiday with friends last year and spent the next week in hospital.“I will have a wonderful time but I will pay for it. But that is my decision. If I didn’t I would feel left out. I live life to the full as I don’t know what is around the corner.”But now thanks to new research, Tess has
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Blood pressure: What is a normal blood pressure reading? High BP symptoms revealed
 
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High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects more than 25 per cent of all UK adults, according to the NHS. The condition puts extra strain on blood vessels and vital organs.Symptoms of high blood pressure can develop if the condition is extreme. They can include chest pain, severe headaches, difficulty breathing, and a pounding in your chest.The only way to know is to get your blood pressure checked. Every adult over 40 years old should get their blood pressure checked at least every five years.This is what your reading actually means, whether you're at risk of high blood pressure, low blood pressure, or have an ideal blood pressure. Blood pressure readings have two numbers. The top number is the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure.Systolic blood pressure is the highest pressure when your heart beats, and pushes blood around the body.Diastolic blood pressure is the lowest pressure, when the heart relaxes between beats.“Only one of the numbers has to be higher or lower than it should be to count as either high blood pressure or low blood pressure,” said charity Blood Pressure UK. High blood pressure risk factors Thu, June 8, 2017 High blood pressure: Here are the risk factors you should be aware of. Play slideshow High blood pressure risk factors Blood Pressure UKIf your blood pressure is 90 over 60 (90/60) or less, you may have low blood pressure.An ideal reading is more than 90 over 60, but less than 120 over 80.More than 120 over 80, but less than 140 over 90 is a warning sign that you should lower your blood pressure.Anything over 140 over 90, and you may have high blood pressure.GETTY ImagesYou should see a GP if you have low blood pressure, or high blood pressure, the NHS said.Get your blood pressure checked if you keep feeling lightheaded, dizzy, nauseous, or confused.It could be a sign of low blood pressure, or hypotension.Diet and lifestyle changes could help to maintain an ideal blood pressure, the NHS said.
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Giant cell arteritis breakthrough: ‘Astonishing’ new drug on NHS prevents deadly symptoms
 
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Giant cell arteritis (GCA) - also known as temporal arteritis - is a condition that causes some blood vessels to become inflamed, according to the NHS.The arteries that are usually affected are the ones around the head and neck.Common symptoms of the disease include severe headaches, tender scalps, jaw pain, and loss of vision. But, it could also lead to strokes and blindness.Almost 15,000 people develop GCA in the UK every year, but there haven’t been any treatment advances for almost 60 years.Now, a new drug has been made available on the NHS today (April 18), which could improve long-term control of GCA, it’s been revealed. The drug, tocilizumab, successfully navigated clinical trials, and has been issued a positive final appraisal by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).Patients will be recommended to take tocilizumab for one year. It’s specifically aimed at those who suffer from flare ups of their GCA, or those that don’t respond to steroids.Investigator of the drug, and consultant rheumatologist, Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta, said: “The clinical community is delighted that tocilizumab will be made available by NHS England for our GCA patients.“Treatment until now has been largely limited to long-term, high-dose steroids and patients urgently need a treatment approach that helps to control their disease and reduce the ongoing burden of steroids.“Tocilizumab offers a new treatment option for patients, with better disease control and quality of life, and fewer side effects compared to steroids.GETTY Images Medical breakthroughs: Nine of the most modern miracles Wed, June 28, 2017 Incredible medical breakthroughs leading to promising new treatments are just around the corner. Take a look at some of the most recent discoveries. Play slideshow “The clinical trial showed that tocilizumab [in combination with a rapidly tapered dose of steroids] improved long-term disease control, reduced and delayed the risk of disease flare, and substantially reduced the total dose of steroids compared to steroids alone.”GCA patient Carol Howell, 67, took part in the clinical trial for tocilizumab.She was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, and had a combination of symptoms, including shivering, a blinding headache, and an extremely sensitive scalp.“It was incredibly painful to touch and comb my hair, I had extreme difficulty chewing and couldn’t get out of bed,” Howell told Express.co.uk.“Thankfully my GP diagnosed me relatively quickly and referred me for treatment.GETTY Images“I then went on to have a battery of treatments including high doses of steroids, which very gradually brought down my symptoms, but didn’t make much of a difference.”Howell was asked to take part in the clinical trial after being referred by her GP. She was given four doses of tocilizumab - one to be taken each week over a four week period.“The results were astonishing,” she said. “I felt like a different woman.“I am delighted that it is now going to be ava
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'I'm SO relieved' David 'Kid' Jensen is thankful his Parkinson's disease secret is out
 
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"I wish I had done it sooner," says the 67-year-old broadcasting legend, who delayed disclosing his illness to all but family and close friends for fear that "people might think less of me".Instead the former Radio 1 DJ, who earned the moniker "Kid" early in his career due to his boyish looks, was greeted with such an overwhelming outpouring of support that he now wonders why he spent so long hiding his condition from others."There has been this tremendous sense of relief since I announced it," says David, who lives in Surrey with his wife Gudrun, 65, and has three children and seven grandchildren. It seemed to generate the most remarkable response. Within a few days my email inbox was flooded with no fewer than 56,000 messages of support."Shop assistants now ask me how I am and friends have revealed they too have been suffering in silence with Parkinson's. Far from being rejected or spurned I suddenly feel as if I am part of a big community."GETTY David, who began his broadcasting career with Radio Luxembourg after moving from Canada in the 1960s, first realised something was wrong in 2012 when he noticed he was dragging his feet when walking.But since he felt otherwise fine, the DJ ignored the problem for the next six months despite pleas from Gudrun and friends to seek medical help.When he finally he did see a doctor, the diagnosis was shattering. "I felt devastated. I didn't know that much about Parkinson's, other than it gave you the shakes."This was already starting to affect me. For example, if I was pouring wine at a dinner party I would often end up spilling it."GETTYParkinson's disease affects about 145,000 people in the UK - roughly one in every 350 adults. On average a new case is diagnosed every 30 minutes. Common symptoms include tremors, slow movement and episodes of "freezing" or rigidity.The disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in the substantia nigra, an area in the middle of the brain that is involved in the control of movement, as well as feelings of reward and addiction.The nerve cells in this part of the brain are responsible for producing a chemical called dopamine, which acts as a messenger between the brain and the nervous system, helping to control body movements.If these nerve cells become damaged or die the amount of dopamine in the brain is reduced and movements become slow and abnormal. Only when 80 per cent of the nerve cells in the brain have been lost will the symptoms of Parkinson's disease appear and gradually become more severe. The charity Parkinson's UK is campaigning for greater public awareness of the signs of the illness. It says one in four sufferers has had their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness.In one recent example a man was asked by staff to leave a shop because they thought he was acting suspiciously. In fact he was a Parkinson's patient whose condition had caused him to temporarily "freeze".As a result, the charity claims, more than a third of people in the UK with the illness feel the ne
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Type 2 diabetes: Man used this exercise to manage condition without medication
 
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Type 2 diabetes affects more people than ever nationwide, with almost nine in every 10 of the 4.6 million sufferers having the condition.Its treatment can involve a combination of diet and lifestyle changes, and medication, which could lead to the condition being cured in up to 50 per cent of cases. After being diagnosed in 2015, Gary Rimmer rejected the drug Metformin, often prescribed to sufferers, instead treating himself by changing how he lived.He began walking around the block a bit faster and eating healthily, before being inspired by his brother to take up running. Now, he can't live without it.“Running is so important to me now to manage my diabetes - never thought I’d be saying that - it’s hard, but I love the sense of achievement I get, even on training runs during the cold dark winter nights.”Gary has now ‘outrun’ type 2 diabetes, which is firmly under control, earning him applause from his diabetes nurse. Related articles Diabetes type 2: Exercise tips for high blood sugar Diabetes type 2: 44p vegetable could prevent high blood sugar Research into type 2 diabetes has shown it can be reversed for sufferers that have had the condition for up to four years.“It is certainly possible to wake up the insulin producing cells of the pancreas by losing a substantial amount of weight,” said Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University, who has led research into reversing this condition.“This happens because the fat content in there pancreas decreases. Previous studies have shown that fat stops insulin release. The insulin producing cells recover their special function, and this continues providing fat is not allowed to accumulate.” Different types of diabetes Mon, January 1, 2018 What types of Diabetes are there? From Types 1 & 2 to Gestational diabetes. Play slideshow Getty Images 1 of 11 Type 1 Diabetes - An autoimmune disease that prevents the body from producing insulin to regulate blood sugar levels Getty ImagesGary was motivated to take up running when he saw his older brother complete a half marathon.“I choked up as I watched him cross the line - it was quite moving,” he said.“Being a single parent with a lovely son, I knew I wanted to do as much as I possibly could to manage my diabetes for my longevity and for the sake of my son.”After the experience, he took on the couch to 5k running programme, and then joined the Southport parkrun team. He now runs almost every weekend. From May last year he had only missed three sessions.Dr Simon Tobin, Lead GP for diabetes, Ambassador for diabetes.co.uk and Health and Wellbeing Ambassador for park run, champions lifestyle changes for treating type 2 diabetes.“There’s a wealth of research about the benefit of exercise in reducing the risks of heart attacks and strokes,” he said. “For diabetics this is particularly important, because they are at higher risk.”“Recent research has suggested that up to 50 per cent of type 2 diabetes cases might be reversible with lifestyle measures,
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Thyroid: Feeling like this could mean you have problems with the gland
 
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An underactive thyroid symptoms include feeling drowsy, having a low mood and sensitivity to the coldThese problems happen when the thyroid gland in your throat stops working normallyTreatment invovles medication that you may have to take for the rest of your lifeIt is also possible to have an overactive thyroid glandThe Thyroid gland is located in your neck, produce hormones that regulate how fast your body turns food into energy.When this gland becomes less active, many of the body’s functions slow down, as it is no longer releasing enough of the hormone.This causes the condition known as hypothyroidism, or having an underactive thyroid.If not treated fast it can lead to complications including heart problems and goitre, or a lump in the throat.These are the symptoms of the condition you should watch out for. Related articles Overactive thyroid: NINE signs you have hyperthyroidism Thyroid cancer warning: Why you should never ignore a sore throat “Common symptoms [could be] a slowing down of mental and physical processes of the whole body,” said the British Thyroid Foundation.This includes a constant feeling of fatigue and tiredness, sensitivity to the cold and constipation.The Foundation also suggested that another symptom may be dry skin or hair.As your body slows, it changes the way these areas appear.Low mood and mental slowness, as well as heavy periods and fertility problems in women are also signs that you have the condition. 10 things you didn't know about the menopause Sat, April 30, 2016 Here are ten things about menopause you most likely never knew of Play slideshow 1 of 7 10 things you didn't know about menopause The NHS adds that you may also experience weight gain, muscle aches and a loss of your sex drive if you suffer from the condition.“Elderly people with an underachieve thyroid may develop memory problems and depression,” said the national healthcare provider.“Children may experience slower growth and development. Teenagers may start puberty earlier than normal.”It is important to act quickly if you think you have the condition, as failing to get medication can have long term medical effects.These include a low-pitched hoarse voice, puffy-looking face, thinned eyebrows, slow heart rate, hearing loss and anaemia.Diagnosis may involve a physical examination and blood tests. The latter is to check the levels of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland in your blood.Treatment of the condition involves the administration of levothyroxine tablets, which you will have to take daily for the rest of your life.The British Thyroid Foundation then says that blood tests will be carried out every eight weeks after you start therapy until the correct dose of levothyroxine is established.Dr Renee Hoenderkamp, GP and medical writer, touched on the subject in her online video blog. "It's definitely a woman's problem - I'm one of them. One in fifty women have a thyroid problem, so it's big. One in 1000 men - not so big. It inc
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Rheumatoid arthritis pain: This 27p food could help eradicate agonising symptoms
 
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Arthritis pain is caused by problems in the joints.The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, can be caused by the thickening of tissue in your joints and inflammation in the area, causing the symptoms of arthritis.Signs that you have the condition include joint stiffness, swelling and pain.You’re more at risk of developing arthritis if you’re older, overweight or female, among other factors.Dr Sarah Brewer, a medical consultant, recommends adding apples to your diet on her website. Related articles Arthritis: Avoid this cooking oil or risk joint pain Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: Six signs you should never ignore “Eat an apple every day for their anti-inflammatory polyphenols,” she writes.“One large apple (100g) provides the same benefits against inflamed joints as 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C. Wash but don’t peel your apples - the polyphenols are five times more concentrated in the skin than the flesh.”A 2018 review found that polyphenols are “able to inhibit the expression and the release of a number of substances which cause inflammation”.“Studies on animal models of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout show interesting results in terms of reduced tissue damage and others.”Published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, the authors called for more tests to determine whether further polyphenol consumption should be used as a way to treat arthritis.Apples can be purchased for as little as 27p each in most UK stores. 10 foods to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms Wed, November 8, 2017 Rheumatoid arthritis: Foods to reduce arthritis symptoms and pain. Play slideshow 1 of 11 The best foods for reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis Alongside consuming apples, Dr Sarah Brewer also recommended eating other fruits and vegetables to fight off arthritis pain.“My first Golden Rule for arthritis is to eat at least five (and preferably more) servings of fruit and vegetables per day.“The provide an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are beneficial for all types of joint pain and swelling, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout.”The NHS recommends eating a “healthy, balanced diet” if you suffer from arthritis.“Eating healthily will give you all the nutrients you need and help you maintain a healthy weight.”The national healthcare provider says you should aim for five portions of fruit and veg every day, each at about 100 grams.“Almost all fruit and vegetables count towards your five a day,” says their website“So it may be easier than you think to get your recommended daily amount.”Other ways to reduce arthritis symptoms include taking glucosamine tablets.Dr Josh Axe, an American Clinical Nutritionist, recommends these as they can help you get helpful nutrients for “repairing joints”.
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Back pain: Six supplements to help reduce inflammation
 
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Back pain is common and normally improves within a few weeks or months, but there are a variety of different things it can be caused by - some more serious than others. Your doctor will be able to to determine what the cause is when evaluating your back.In most cases the pain is not caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time.“Non-specific” back pain, where there is no obvious cause, tends to be down to posture, and tends to get better or worse depending on your position. Conditions such as a slipped disc can also cause back pain.The NHS recommends staying as active as possible, trying exercises and stretches specifically for back pain, and taking inflammatory painkillers.Other health experts say supplements can help reduce symptoms of back pain. Nutritionist Dr Josh Axe recommends seven on his site. Fish oil (2,000mg a day)People with back pain need higher doses of omega-3 fats to help reduce inflammation, according to the site.It adds: “Supplementation is often required since most of our diets don’t include the necessary dosage.”Turmeric (1,000mmg a day)The site says: “Turmeric contains curcumin, which is the active ingredient that has powerful anti-inflammatory abilities, anti-ageing effects and reduces pain.” 6 simple exercises to alleviate back pain Mon, October 2, 2017 Back pain exercises: Ramsay Health Care’s six simple exercises to minimise back pain and strengthen your core muscles. Play slideshow SIx simple exercises to alleviate back pain Proteolytic enzymes/bromelain and papain (500mg three times daily)The site explains: “Found in pineapple, these enzymes are natural anti-inflammatories that also help reduce swelling.”MSM (2,000 to 8,000mg daily)MSM is an anti-inflammatory supplement that’s high in suffer to help rebuild cartilage.“It can help alleviate muscle spasms,” the site advises.Magnesium (400 to 500mg daily)This mineral is sometimes called the “relaxation mineral” because it helps relax muscles and reduce stress.The site recommends: “Decrease the dosage of magnesium if it causes diarrhea.”Essential oilsPeppermint and wintergreen oil are effective analgesics that cool inflamed joints and reduce back pain.Dr Axe says: “You can mix these oils with coconut oil and rub onto joints or make a homemade muscle rub.“Frankincense and cypress oil reduce inflammation and improve circulation, which improves back pain.”Capsaicin cream“Capsaicin cream (derived from hot chilli peppers/cayenne) can be applied to the skin to temporarily reduce chemicals that contribute to inflammation and pain,” the site explains.A back expert reveals the main causes of back pain on This Morning this week.
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Arthritis symptoms - add this 12p vegetable to your dinner to PREVENT joint pain
 
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Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, according to the NHS.Arthritis symptoms include joint stiffness, restricted movement, inflammation, and muscle wasting.Having warm, red skin over the affect joints could also be a sign of the condition.You could prevent arthritis pain by adding more onions to your diet, a nutritionist has claimed. “A smart arthritis diet should be full of anti-inflammatory foods,” said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.“Because onions as a great anti-inflammatory food, they’re one of the best vegetable choices if you suffer from painful inflammatory diseases like arthritis.“Sulphur contains a form of methylsulfonylmethane [MSM] that reduces joint inflammation and helps rebuild your tissues.“The top foods high in sulphur are onions, garlic, asparagus and cabbage.” 10 super foods for combatting arthritis Wed, November 1, 2017 Arthritis: Fight inflammation and boost your immune system with these 10 arthritis-fighting foods. Play slideshow Pumpkins Onions could also help to protect against cancer, the nutritionist claimed.They could lower your risk of developing colon, ovarian and mouth cancers, as they’re rich in antioxidants.There’s currently no cure for arthritis, but some treatments could help to relieve symptoms, the NHS said.Prescribed medications include painkillers, corticosteroids, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.Eating a healthy, balanced diet could help to relieve arthritis symptoms.Your diet should consist of fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, meat, fish, dairy and fats.If you’re overweight, losing a few pounds could help you to cope with arthritis, the NHS said.Regular exercise could help to improve your range of movement and reduce stiffness.
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Dementia - five natural things you can do right now to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
 
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Lower your risk of dementia by regularly exercisingHalf an hour of exercise three to four times a week could slash your risk of Alzheimer's diseaseSwap to a Mediterranean diet to limit your chances of dementiaKeeping your brain active may also slash your risk of dementiaDementia is the name given to a group of symptoms that are linked to ongoing brain function decline, according to the NHS.Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia, and its symptoms can include being repetitive, forgetting the name son places and objects, and finding it harder to make decisions.As the condition progresses, signs of the dementia include difficulty eating, loss of speech, and considerable weight loss.But, you could lower your risk of dementia by making small lifestyle changes right now. “If you're becoming increasingly forgetful, particularly if you're over the age of 65, it may be a good idea to talk to your GP about the early signs of dementia,” said the NHS.“Although there is no cure for dementia at present, if it's diagnosed in the early stages, there are ways you can slow it down and maintain mental function.“However, there's good evidence that a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of developing dementia when you're older.”Leading a healthy lifestyle could also slash your risk of developing strokes and heart attacks, which are risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Early signs of Dementia Tue, December 20, 2016 Dementia affects the ability to remember, think and reason. Here are the early signs to look out for in yourself and loved ones. Play slideshow Early signs of dementia Regular exercise is the best way to prevent dementia, according to Harvard Medical School.Half an hour of exercise three to four days a week could lower your risk of the condition.Following a Mediterranean diet could also slow down Alzheimer’s disease’s progression, it said.The diet includes fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and fish.Getting enough sleep and always striving to learn new things are also recommended.Cognitively-stimulating activities may be helping in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.You could also lower your risk of dementia in later life by putting back on the amount of alcohol you consume.Drinking wine - but just a little - may help to ward off the condition.
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High blood pressure symptoms: Do this easy exercise to slash BP reading
 
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High blood pressure symptoms can include a severe headache, although these only appear in extreme casesHigh blood pressure causes include a variety of diet and lifestyle factos such as being overweight, eating too much salt or not taking enough exerciseYou can lower your blood pressure by consuming less salty foods, and exercising more regulalryTry this exercise to help lower your blood pressure.High blood pressure symptoms can include headaches, chest pain and difficulty breathing.It is important to take action quickly if you have the condition, as high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, kidney disease and strokes.You can lower your blood pressure by making changes to your diet and lifestyle.Switching to fish oil, as recommended by Dr Sarah Brewer, is one way to reduce your blood pressure.Doing the exercise swimming this weekend may also help reduce your blood pressure. Related articles High blood pressure symptoms: Do this much exercise to lower reading High blood pressure symptoms: This oil in your diet can slash reading Blood Pressure UK, a charity campaigning for people with high blood pressure, suggests that activity such as swimming can help lower blood pressure.“Being inactive is linked to high blood pressure,” says the charity on its website.“Therefore, increasing your activity levels will reduce your blood pressure.“If you have high blood pressure, your doctor or nurse may suggest that you try to become more active to lower it.“However, if your blood pressure is relatively high, your doctor or nurse may prefer to lower it with medicines before starting you on an exercise programme. If your blood pressure is very high, you should not start any new activity without consulting your doctor.” Natural ways to lower blood pressure Tue, January 2, 2018 Blood pressure: How to lower your blood pressure naturally. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 13 Natural ways to lower blood pressure GettyThe NHS says that “simple lifestyle changes” can help to lower blood pressure, on its website.“Everyone with high blood pressure is advised to make healthy lifestyle changes.“Whether medication is recommended depends on your blood pressure readings and your risk of developing problems such as heart attacks or strokes.Among steps you can take to lower your blood pressure, the NHS suggests exercise, cutting your salt intake to less than six grams a day, eating a low-fat diet and drinking less alcohol.The national healthcare provider also recommends losing weight if you are overweight, drinking less caffeine, stopping smoking and getting at least six hours sleep a night to combat the condition.GettySnacking on Kale could help lower your blood pressure, according to heart website Healthline.Leafy greens, which include kale, are full of potassium which can help lower blood pressure.“Potassium helps your kidneys get rid of more sodium through your urine,” says Healthline on its website.“This in turn lowers your blood pressure.”Kale conta
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Ken Dodd funeral: How did he die? Legendary comedian passed away after this infection
 
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Ken Dodd, “the last great music hall entertainer” was known for his live stand-up performances, but sadly, on March 11 he passed away.His funeral is taking place at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral at 1pm today and a private interment will follow.Two days before his death he married his partner of 40 years, Anne Jones, and just last year he was knighted for his charity work and career accomplishments.But after spending less than two weeks in hospital being treated for a chest infection he died.Ken died at his home after leaving the hospital. He had spent six weeks battling a severe chest infection. So what is a chest infection, is it deadly, and what are the symptoms?A chest infection of the lungs or large airways, but while some chest infections are mild and clear up on their own, others can be severe and life threatening.The main symptoms of a chest infection, according to the NHS, are a chesty cough - you may cough yo green or yellow mucus - wheezing and shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, and a high temperature (feet) of 38C or above.Other symptoms include a headache, aching muscles and tiredness.The health body adds: “These symptoms can be unpleasant, but they usually get better on their own in about seven to 10 days. The cough and mucus can last up to three weeks.” Ken Dodd in pictures: best jokes and one liners Mon, March 12, 2018 SIR KEN DODD, comedian and creator of Diddy Men, has died at the age of 90. Here are his best jokes and one liners. Play slideshow Ken Dodd in pictures: best jokes and one liners If you have a chest infection it recommends you get plenty of rest, drink lots of water to lose the mucus and make it easier to cough, and use painkillers to bring down a fever and ease headaches and muscle pain.Things you should avoid include taking cough medicines, as there is little evidence to show they help, and smoke, as it can make your symptoms worse.You should see a GP if you have a chest infection and you feel very unwell or your symptoms get worse, you cough up bloodstained mucus, you have had a cough for more than three weeks and you are pregnant.Also see your GP if you are over 65, your immune system is weak and you have a long-term health condition, such as a heart, lung or kidney condition.If your symptoms are severe you may have pneumonia.How to avoid getting a chest infectionIf you want to avoid getting a chest infection you can ask your GP about the annual flu vaccination, ask if you should have the pneumococcal vaccine, stop smoking and cut down on how much alcohol you drink.If you have a chest infection and you want to avoid passing it to others, you should cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly, and throw away used tissues immediately.How to treat a chest infectionTreatment depends on what caused your chest infection. If it was a virus this will usually clear up by itself after a few weeks.If it is a bacteria infection, your GP may prescribe you antibiotics.Your pharm
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Bowel cancer warning: Does your poo look like this? What a healthy stool should look like
 
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Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer to be diagnosed in the UK, according to the NHS.Most people diagnosed with the cancer are over 60 years old.Bowel cancer symptoms include a persistent change in bowel habit, or a persistent abdominal pain.But, the symptoms of bowel cancer can be difficult to spot, and may not necessarily make you feel unwell.One of the ways you can check to see if you’re at risk of the disease is to check your stool after using the toilet. Related articles Bowel cancer symptoms: Four signs to check when you go to the toilet Bowel cancer symptoms: Three changes to make your diet Almost half of people in the UK claim to have never checked their poo, according to the Taymount Clinic.“Everyone assumes poo is always brown – and most of the time it is,” it told Express.co.uk.“However, sometimes your diet will impact the colour of your poo.“For example, brightly coloured foods such as beetroot or cherries will colour you poo purple if you eat enough of them.“This is harmless, unless it occurs on a regular basis or it looks black or red.” Bowel cancer risk factors Mon, April 3, 2017 Bowel cancer: Here are the risk factors of the disease to be aware of. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 9 Bowel cancer risk factors A black or red stool may indicate something more serious.The red tinge to your poo could be caused by blood.If the blood is bright, then the bleeding may be caused by an anal tear or haemorrhoids, said Ramsay Health Care.But, blood from higher up in the bowel could turn your stool dark red or black.This type of bleeding may be a sign of bowel cancer, and you should speak to a doctor straight away.GETTY ImagesRamsay Health Care UKThe ideal poo appears like a smooth, soft sausage, or is sausage-shaped with cracks on the surface.It should also be about an inch in diameter, and 12 inches long, according to medical website StoolAnalyzer.com.Your stool should be easy to pass and soft, and should slowly sink to the bottom of the toilet.If you’re worried about your stool, you should speak to a GP.The NHS offers bowel cancer screening to registered adults in the UK.
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Dementia - the amount of exercise you should do to boost brain health revealed
 
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Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms linked to an ongoing decline in brain function, according to the NHS.There are several different types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common in the UK.Alzheimer’s may be caused by an abnormal build up of proteins in and around brain cells.Dementia symptoms include sudden mood changes, difficulty concentrating and struggling to follow conversations.But, you could improve your thinking skills and brain health by doing at least 52 hours of exercise over six months, scientists have claimed. Related articles Dementia signs: Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease to watch for Dementia signs: Drink this much water a day to prevent symptoms Fifty two hours of exercise over six months could improve the brain’s processing speed, and the amount of time it takes to complete a mental task, according to US scientists.Each workout should last for about an hour to gain the cognitive benefits, they added.In a healthy individual, 52 hours of exercise will also improve time-management skills, and improve attention span, they revealed.Aerobic exercise - including walking and cycling - was the most common type of exercise.But, patients also benefited from strength or resistance training, as well as mind-body exercises, including yoga or Tai chi. Early signs of Dementia Tue, December 20, 2016 Dementia affects the ability to remember, think and reason. Here are the early signs to look out for in yourself and loved ones. Play slideshow Getty Images 1 of 12 Early signs of dementia “These results suggest that a longer-term exercise program may be necessary to gain the benefits in thinking skills,” said researcher Dr Joyce Gomes-Osman.“We were excited to see that even people who participated in lower intensity exercise programs showed a benefit to their thinking skills.“Not everyone has the endurance or motivation to start a moderately intense exercise program, but everyone can benefit even from a less intense plan.”Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Head of Research, Dr Sara Imarisio added: “Regular exercise has a whole range of health benefits and existing evidence suggests it can play an important role in keeping our brains healthy as we age.“This review underscores the link between exercise and our memory and thinking skills and highlights the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle in the long-term in order to see benefits to cognitive health.”Exercising doesn’t have to mean spending hours and hours in the gym, Imarisio added.The best way of sticking to an exercise regime is to find something you enjoy.A brisk walk, a game of tennis or going swimming can all form part of an active lifestyle, she said.Every week, you should aim for about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.If you can’t spare 150 minutes every week, you can try doing 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, including jogging, fast swimming or riding a bike up a hill.
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Dementia: Try these exercises to slow the condition
 
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Dementia care varies from drugs to household brain exercises, both of which may slow the condition’s progression.Dementia Australia recommends several brain exercises which can help reduce the speed of dementia progression.“Keeping the brain active is thought to build reserves of healthy brain cells and connections between them,” said the organisation.“Numerous studies have suggested that engaging in more mentally stimulating activities throughout life is associated with better cognitive function, reduced cognitive decline and a reduced risk of developing dementia.”“Almost any type of mental activity may be beneficial, but they should involve new learning and be reasonably complex, varied and interesting, and engaged in frequently.” Related articles Batten disease: My son is losing his childhood... to dementia Dementia warning: 14p fruit could slash your risk of brain decline It suggests that people in the early stages of dementia may prefer to use “a range of exercises” including learning a new language, visiting museums and doing crosswords.Crosswords and sudokuThese involve number or word games and can easily be purchased in a small activity book from most local stores, or found in the back of newspapers, including FREE newspapers.Learning a new languageThis is a real challenge for everyone but could be very beneficial. It will exercise your brain and encourage it to learn new words and phrases which may help slow the speed of dementiaVisting a museumMuseum’s are themed and contain many different items that may stimulate the brain. Choose one that will really interest yourself or the person you are taking who is an early dementia sufferer. This will ensure the maximum amount of mental exercise.Dementia Australia also suggests several other exercises including reading, listening to the radio, taking a course, playing musical instruments, taking up a new hobby like art, or playing board games. 7 things you should do EVERY day to stave off dementia Tue, July 18, 2017 Memory boost: Seven things you should do every day to stave off dementia. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 8 7 things you should do EVERY day to stave off dementia For those in the later stages of dementia, the organisation recommends some other activities. These need to be carried out in a way that “relates to their own interests and capabilities.”Doing simple calculationsTesting mathematical skills is a good way to exercise the brain. Maths exercise books from beginner to advanced are available from most shops in the UK.StorytellingThis story can either be told aloud or acted out to them, and should be something that relates to their past.Dementia Australia says you should “include brief stories and role playing in longer stories to help increase attention and participation and to stimulate emotions and memories.”Imagery exercisesThis can be as simple as encouraging the person to recall a certain scene to stimulate an emotion. Getting them to imagine an image from natur
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‘Jelly belly’ cancer: What are the symptoms and are you at risk?
 
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‘Jelly belly’ cancer is a name that has been given to psudomyxoma peritonea - a very rare type of cancer that usually begins in the appendix as a small growth, called a polyp.This type of cancer is normally slow-growing and makes a jelly-like liquid called mucin.Eventually it spreads into the space inside the peritoneum (the layer of tissue that lines the abdomen).As the liquid builds up it puts pressure on the bowel and other organs.There are six psudomyxoma peritonea symptoms to note, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. The symptoms of this type of cancer can include gradual increase in waist size, a hernia, loss of appetite, unexplained weight gain, tummy pain, and changes in bowel habits.The charity adds: “It can be hard to diagnose psudomyxoma peritonea and it’s often found by accident.“If you have any symptoms, you may have tests including a CT or ultrasound scan, a biopsy or a laparoscopy.”The causes of this type of cancer are unknown, but most cancers are a result of a number of different factors working together.How is psudomyxoma peritonea treated?The main treatments of psudomyxoma peritonea are surgery and chemotherapy. Rare cancers you've probably never heard of Thu, December 15, 2016 Rare cancer types you've probably never heard of from foot cancer to salivary gland cancer. Play slideshow Rare cancers you've probably never heard of In some cases, your doctor may suggest watchful waiting, particularly if the cancer is slow growing.You will be closely monitored and treatment will be started when the cancer begins to cause problems.One woman who had always had a delicate tummy and was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome at 15, started getting more and more attacks of bloating, cramps and trapped wind as she entered her 30s.Lousie’s GP thought her IBS was flaring up or that she might have a tummy bug. But it carried on and she was soon having days off work with it.The turning point came in June 2014 when she was 34. She had a sharp stabbing pain just under her ribcage at the right. It lasted seconds, then disappeared for days. She also had a swollen sensation to the right of her navel.Her husband’s grandma had suffered gallstones and recognised some of the symptoms, so she asked her GP to refer her so she could be checked out.At an ultrasound at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital that August no gallstones were found, but the consultant radiologist discovered fluid around her liver. She could see from his face he was perplexed.A week went by before a follow-up CT scan. Then, five days later, she was called in to the GP’s for the results.When the GP asked her and David if they wanted to know what she might have, they both nodded. It was bad news. They had found a lot more fluid around her appendix and womb, as well as her liver.They thought she had a pseudomyxoma peritonei, and this is what happened next.
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Vitamin D deficiency: Three reasons you should take more ‘sunshine supplement’
 
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Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, according to the NHS.The vitamin - sometimes known as the sunshine vitamin - helps to keep teeth and bones strong and healthy.Without enough vitamin D, you’re more at risk of developing bone deformities, including rickets and osteomalacia.But, you could lower your risk of vitamin D deficiency by taking supplements during the winter months.These are the top benefits of taking vitamin D supplements, including weight loss. “Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight,” said medical website Healthline.“You can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.“Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.“If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones or fragile bones.“Consider adding vitamin D supplements to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or prevent heart disease.” Good sources of vitamin D Wed, October 4, 2017 Vitamin D: The best supplement to take during cold winter months is vitamin D due to the lack of sunshine. Here are the best sources of the sunshine vitamin. Play slideshow Good sources of vitamin D Adding more vitamin D to your diet could help you to lose weight, a study has claimed.Taking vitamin D supplements helped people to lose weight over a 15-week period.Combined with calcium supplements, they worked to suppress appetite, scientists claimed.Vitamin D may also help to prevent mental health conditions, including depression, studies have reported.Patients with depression reported their symptoms improving after taking vitamin D supplements for one year, a Norwegian study claimed.Vitamin D may also help to prevent some diseases and infections.You could lower your risk of heart disease, flu and even multiple sclerosis by adding more vitamin D to your diet, said Healthline.The Department of Health recommends that all UK adults consider taking vitamin D supplements during the autumn and winter months, as daylight hours are reduced.Those most at risk of a deficiency in the sunshine vitamin include people that live in care homes, people that aren’t often outdoors, and people that usually wear clothes that cover up most of their skin.But, never take too much vitamin D over short periods of time. Taking more than 100mg everyday could be harmful, the NHS warns.For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.
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Prostate cancer symptoms: This nighttime habit could indicate you have the disease
 
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Prostate cancer symptoms often do not become apparent until the disease has progressed. This is down to the cancer growing large enough to put pressure on the urethra.As a result, the majority of symptoms are associated with urination, such as straining or taking a long time while urinating.It is the most common cancer in men in the UK which is why it is important to recognise all the signs.Because the disease develops slowly, there may be no signs you have it for many years, but a particular nighttime habit should be noted. The NHS lists the symptoms on its Choices website, and the first is something many people who may not have prostate cancer do at night.Needing to urinate more frequently during the night is one of the signs, and if this is out of the ordinary, you should go visit your GP.Other symptoms linked to urination include needing to rush to the toilets, difficulty in starting to pee, straining or taking long time while urinating, a weak flow and feeling your bladder has not emptied fully.The health body adds: “Many men’s prostates get larger as they get older due to a non-cancerous condition known as prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia. Prostate cancer risk factors Thu, March 16, 2017 Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men, and it kills more than 11,250 men each year. Here are the risk factor you should be aware of. Play slideshow Prostate cancer - Here are the risk factors you should be aware of “Symptoms that the cancer may have spread include bone and back pain, a loss of appetite, pain in the testicles and unexplained weight loss.”The PSA test is the recommended method for checking if you have the disease. But what does it entail - is it a blood test, a urine sample or a rectal examination?Professor Hashim Ahmed, Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital, is asking men not to shy away from having a prostate check, and details what to expect from the test.Men over the age of 50 who have talked through the advantages and disadvantages of having a PSA test with their GP or practice nurse are eligible for a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test.The first stage of the process is a simple blood test.A rectal exam can then help identify obvious abnormalities on the surface of the prostate even if the PSA is normal.Dr Ahmed explains: “If you have a raised PSA, or the rectal exam shows a lump, your doctor may refer you for a MRI scan in a specialised unit, which is a much more effective way of detecting prostate cancer.”He added that it’s important to note that your PSA can be high if you have prostate cancer but it can also be higher than normal if there is an infection, inflammation or you have a large prostate.Recent sexual activity before the test or cycling due to the pressure from a saddle can also raise your PSA levels, so make sure your GP is aware of anything that could affect the test.It is not known exactly what causes prostate cancer, but a number of things can incr
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Bowel cancer symptoms: Quiz reveals whether you are at risk of deadly disease
 
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Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with most patients being over the age of 50, according to charity Bowel Cancer UK.Symptoms of bowel cancer can be very subtle, and don’t necessarily make you feel ill, added the NHS.But, most people with bowel cancer have stomach pain after eating, finding blood in your stool, or have a persistent change in bowel habits.You could find out whether you’re at risk of bowel cancer by taking this quick NHS quiz.“Bowel cancer is also called colorectal cancer,” said Bowel Cancer UK. “It affects the large bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum.“Bowel cancer is very treatable but the earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.”The NHS added: “With bowel cancer, there are three key symptoms you need to look out for.“Use this symptom checker to find out if your symptoms require further investigation.”The symptom checker may advise you to see a GP if you’re showing any of the main signs of bowel cancer. Bowel cancer risk factors Mon, April 3, 2017 Bowel cancer: Here are the risk factors of the disease to be aware of. Play slideshow Bowel cancer risk factors Signs of the cancer can be similar to piles, or haemorrhoids, so it may also suggest you speak to a pharmacist about how to get rid of piles.Your GP could perform an examination of your anus and tummy, and could carry out a blood test to find the cause of your symptoms.You can take the quiz self-assessment test by clicking here.The exact cause of bowel cancer isn’t known, the NHS said.But, there you could increase your risk by eating more red or processed meat.GETTY ImagesGETTY ImagesDrinking large amounts of alcohol or smoking could also increase your risk.Some digestive conditions have also been linked to a higher risk of developing the cancer, including Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.Finding bowel cancer sooner could help to better treat the disease.To detect the condition faster, the NHS has two types of bowel cancer screening, including a faecal occult blood test, and a bowel scope screening. See a GP for more information on bowel screening.About 41,200 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK, according to Bowel Cancer UK.
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Heart drugs: Statins could increase form of motor neurone disease risk
 
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A study published in the journal Drug Safety examined side effects linked with individual statin brands reported to the American drug watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration. It found two of the most commonly used statins – simvastatin and atorvastatin – increased the risk of suffering from ALS, a form of motor neurone disease, 17 and 23 fold respectively. Although the chances are still small, experts say this would equate to up to 1,400 extra cases of ALS in the UK every year. Professor Stephen Hawking suffered from a form of ALS.  Related articles Statins patients ‘used as guinea pigs’ Statin takers could cut heart attack risk by taking fortnightly jab Statins are routinely given to 12 million patients in the UK to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are the UK’s most commonly prescribed drug, yet cholesterol is critical for nerve function and lowering it could have damaging consequences in rare cases. Dr Malcolm Kendrick, who has studied statins and heart health, said: “This study adds to the growing evidence that we need an urgent review of these drugs.” The study was led by the San Diego School of Medicine, California.
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Diabetes diet - add this 69p nut to your shopping list to PREVENT high blood sugar
 
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Diabetes type 2 patients should eat more coconut, nutritionist claimsCoconut has a high glycaemic loadFood is converted into sugar faster after eatingRisk of high blood sugar is lower in high glycaemic load foodsDiabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, according to the NHS.Without enough insulin, the body can’t convert sugar from the blood into energy.Diabetes symptoms can include passing more urine than usual - particularly at night - and extreme fatigue.But, adding coconut to your diet could help to regulate your blood sugar, a nutritionist has claimed.Meanwhile, certain foods can negatively affect your blood sugar levels.Cake and other refined sugars rapidly spike blood sugar, as they enter the bloodstream much faster than other sugars.Some grains should be avoided as they contain large amounts of carbohydrates.Diabetes patients should also consider cutting back on conventional cow's milk and dairy products. Coconut has a high glycaemic load, according to Dr Josh Axe.Foods with a high glycaemic load are converted into sugar after being eaten faster.That means the risk of high blood sugar is lower than eating foods with a low glycaemic load.“The glycemic index of a food tells you about the blood glucose-raising potential of the food,” he said. Symptoms of diabetes Fri, August 19, 2016 Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 500,000 who are living undiagnosed with the condition. Play slideshow People should be aware signs and symptoms of diabetes are not always obvious and the condition is often diagnosed during GP check ups. “If you are fighting diabetes, stick to low glycemic foods like non-starchy vegetables, stone fruits and berries, nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut, organic meat, eggs, wild-caught fish, and raw pastured dairy.“Type 2 diabetes is a completely preventable and reversible condition.“With diet and lifestyle changes, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting the disease or reverse the condition if you’ve already been diagnosed.”Regular exercise and drinking alcohol in moderation could also help to prevent diabetes, the NHS added.Symptoms of the condition are common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.Having cuts or wounds that heal slowly, blurred vision and having itching around the penis or vagina are signs of diabetes.The condition increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, verve damage and kidney disease.See your GP if you think you may diabetes. Early diagnosis is very important, as the condition gets progressively worse.
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Sex - four surprising health benefits of having regular orgasms
 
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Having regular sex could provide you with a number of health benefits, according to the NHS.A loving relationship, physical touch and intercourse all have separate health benefits.Sex can count as moderate exercise, which every adults needs to lead a healthy lifestyle.But, unless you’re having 150 minutes of orgasms a week, you should also try other exercises, too.These are the top reasons that you should be having more sex. High blood pressureHaving regular sex could help to lower your blood pressure, according to Amai Wellness’ Medical Director, Dr Joseph Pinion.“There have been many studies,” he told medical website WebMD.“One landmark study found that sexual intercourse specifically [not masturbation] lowered systolic blood pressure.”Your systolic blood pressure is the pressure in your blood vessels when the heart beats.Simply holding hands or touching a partner could also reduce your blood pressure, research has claimed. Natural ways to lower blood pressure Tue, January 2, 2018 Blood pressure: How to lower your blood pressure naturally. Play slideshow Natural ways to lower blood pressure Prevent heart attacksHaving a good sex life is good for your heart.Any exercise that raises your heart rate is beneficial, but regular sex could also help to keep your oestrogen and testosterone levels in balance.Low levels of the hormones increases your risk of osteoporosis or heart disease.Some people could be less likely to die of heart disease by having sex at least twice a week, studies have claimed.Lower prostate cancer riskRegular ejaculation could help to prevent prostate cancer, it’s been reported.While having sex may lower your chances of the disease, you could also gain the benefit from masturbation, said WebMD.“Men who ejaculated frequently [at least 21 times a month] were less likely to get prostate cancer during one study,” it added.“It's not clear that sex was the only reason that mattered in that study. Lots of factors affect cancer risk. But more sex won’t hurt.”Reduce stressSlash your day-to-day stress by having sex.Many people report orgasms help them to feel relaxed, according to the NHS.“In stress tests, including public speaking and doing mental arithmetic out loud, people who had no sex at all had the highest stress levels,” it said.“People who only had penetrative sex had the smallest rise in blood pressure.“This shows that they coped better with stress.”
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Dementia signs: Six ways to reduce your risk of early symptoms - including this diet
 
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Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning.Symptoms can include problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness and quickness, language, understanding, judgement, movement and general difficulties carrying out daily activities.There is no cure for dementia right now, but if it's diagnosed in the early stages, there are ways you can slow it down and maintain mental function.Research has found that modifying dementia ‘risk factors’ can slash the risk of the disease developing by up to 30 per cent.So what can you do to help prevent the early signs of dementia? Related articles Dementia: This diet delays Alzheimer’s by three years Dementia and Alzheimer's: Diet could prevent you from developing this The NHS lists six things to reduce your risk: eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, keeping alcohol to a minimum, stopping smoking, and keeping blood pressure at a healthy level.Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of brain diseases that cause cognitive decline. The main types include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia.The third most common type is dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which accounts for 10-25 percent of cases.According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, there are six symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies to look out for.The first is changes in alertness and attention, and periods of confusion, that may be unpredictable and change from hour-to-hour or day-to-day. 7 things you should do EVERY day to stave off dementia Tue, July 18, 2017 Memory boost: Seven things you should do every day to stave off dementia. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 8 7 things you should do EVERY day to stave off dementia The disease can also cause movement problems - Parkinson’s-type symptoms such as slower movements, stiffness in the arms and legs, and shaking or trembling.Visual hallucinations can also occur - seeing things that are not really there, for example, people or animals. These often happen repeatedly and are realistic and well-formed.Sleep disturbances can happen - vivid dreams, shouting out or moving while sleeping which can disrupt sleep, and may cause injury.Fainting, unsteadiness and falls can also be an indicator, and finally, problems with detecting smells can develop.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, early signs of dementia with Lewy bodies can include hunched posture, rigid muscles and problems with balance – all symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, so sufferers can be misdiagnosed.Motion problems common for both illnesses including a shuffling walk and trouble initiating movement.Other symptoms, such as a slow gait, changes in speech and loss of motivation, are also shared by both diseases.The Alzheimer’s Association notes that there is no test to conclusively diagnose dementia with Lewy bodies. The diagnosis is DLB when dementia symptoms occur within one year of movement systems, or are present at t
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Frontotemporal dementia: What is it and are you at risk of symptoms?
 
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Dementia mostly affects people over 65, and there are four common types - Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia.Frontotemporal dementia is the most uncommon type of dementia of these, and mainly affects the front and sides of the brain and causes problems with behaviour and language.Unlike other types of dementia it tends to start at a younger age.So what are the symptoms to look out for and are you at risk? According to the NHS, signs of frontotempora dementia can include:Personality and behaviour changes - acting inappropriately or impulsively, appearing selfish or unsympathetic, neglecting personal hygiene, overeating, or loss of motivationLanguage problems - speaking slowly, struggling to make the right sound when saying a word, getting words in the wrong order, or using words incorrectlyProblems with mental abilities - getting distracted easily, struggling with planning and organisationMemory problems - these only tend to occur later on, unlike more common forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s diseaseThe health body adds: “There may also be physical problems, such as slow or stiff movements, loss of bladder or bowel control (usually not until later on), muscle weakness or difficulty swallowing.” Early signs of Dementia Tue, December 20, 2016 Dementia affects the ability to remember, think and reason. Here are the early signs to look out for in yourself and loved ones. Play slideshow Early signs of dementia There’s currently no cure for frontotemporal dementia or treatment to slow down the disease, but there are options for helping control some of the symptoms.These include:Medicines - to control some of the behavioural problemsTherapies - such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy for problems with movement, everyday tasks and communicationDementia activities - such as memory cafes, which are drop-in sessions for people with memory problems and their carers to get support and adviceSupport groups - who can offer tips on managing symptoms from dementia experts and people living with frontotemporal dementia, and their families.Vascular dementia is a common type of dementia that is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain.This kind of dementia can have symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These can include memory loss, disorientation and problems with communication.There can also be more specific symptoms and these may differ depending on the area of the brain that is affected.Alzheimer’s Research UK lists four symptoms to look out for.
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Stomach bloating: Three natural remedies to prevent the painful and uncomfortable feeling
 
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Stomach bloating occurs due to excess wind, constipation, swallowing air or from food intolerance, among others.When it happens, your stomach may visibly expand and become painful or uncomfortable.Ways to prevent this from happening include working out what food your body has reacted to, causing this, or changing your diet to avoid constipation.The NHS says bloating often happens “after a big weekend or over a festive season”.You could try eating yoghurt as a natural way to relieve stomach bloating, according to American website Everyday Health. Related articles Stomach bloating: Why the hot weather could be to blame Stomach bloating: Nine foods to eat to banish excess wind The website says that probiotics, such as those found in yoghurt, may help “aid digestion” and “reduce excessive gas”.“Probiotics are live microorganisms, mostly good bacteria, similar to the bacteria found in the human gut,” they write.“They’re available as dietary supplements, but a number of foods also contain them naturally such as yoghurt.”They add that you could also try kimchi and sauerkraut, fermented foods, to help reduce symptoms.You can purchase yoghurts for around a £1 in most UK supermarkets. 10 tips to reduce bloating Fri, June 9, 2017 Feeling bloated? Top ten tips to reduce stomach bloating. Play slideshow Images 1 of 11 10 tips to reduce bloating Healthline adds that taking probiotics is a good way to prevent bloating.“Gas produced by the bacteria in the intestine is a major contributor to bloating,” they write.“Several clinical trials have shown that certain probiotic supplements can help reduce both gas production as well as bloating in people with digestive problems.”The probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus is recommended by Everyday Health as being one that may assist with bloating.They mention 2016 research from the World Journal of Gastroenterology, which found that some probiotics can alleviate moderate to severe abdominal pain.However, it may not be the best idea to supplement your diet with yoghurt if you are lactose intolerant.This means that your body won’t be able to digest lactose, which yoghurt contains, and may instead cause additional bloating.Swallowing air from fizzy drinks or when you’re talking may also cause bloating.Dehydration can also cause stomach bloating.On the Dr Josh Axe website it states: “The more water you drink (or consume in water-heavy foods) and better you stay hydrated, the less bloating you’re likely to deal with. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance both halt digestion and make it hard to ‘stay regular’.
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High blood pressure diet: Avoid eating the skin on this meat to lower risk of hypertension
 
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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects more than one in four adults in the UK.Certain foods you eat can affect high blood pressure, such as those that contain high levels of salt.Blood Pressure UK states eating too much salt is the biggest cause of high blood pressure and an adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day.Most of the salt we eat every day is hidden’ which means it’s already in processed foods like bread, biscuits and breakfast cereals, and prepared ready meals or takeaways, and frozen pizzas are another surprising food people with high blood pressure should avoid.According to the charity, this hidden salt accounts for around 75 per cent of the salt we eat - only 25 per cent comes from the salt we add while cooking or at the table. Nutritionists at Healthline recommend people with hypertension to reduce their saturated fats intake and avoid tans fats (a type of unsaturated fat).Foods that are high in saturated fat include chicken skin, full-fat dairy, red meat and butter.The site explains: “Trans fats are found naturally ins mall amounts of fate meats and dairy products. However, the biggest contributor of trans fats is packaged and prepared foods, which also typically contain high amounts of sugar and other low-fibre carbohydrates.“Trans fats are created in a process called hydrogenation, where liquid oils are infused with air to make a solid oil. Hydrogenated oils increase packaged foods’ shelf life and stability.”Research shows that heart health worsens when fats are substituted for processed carbohydrates and sugar. Natural ways to lower blood pressure Tue, January 2, 2018 Blood pressure: How to lower your blood pressure naturally. Play slideshow Natural ways to lower blood pressure The site adds: “Consuming too many saturated and trans fats increase your low-density lipoproteins (LDL), or bad cholesterol. High LDL levels may make your hypertension worse, and may eventually lead to the development of coronary heart disease.“To moderate these risks, don’t increase your sugar intake.”It is also recommended to replace animal, saturated, and trans fats with plant fats, such as nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocado.Another food that should be avoided if you have hypertension is frozen pizza.Healthline explains: “All pizzas can be bad for people watching their sodium intake. The combination of cheese, cured meats, tomato sauce, and crust adds up to a lot of sodium. But frozen pizza is especially dangerous for people with hypertension.“To maintain flavour in the pizza once it’s been cooked, manufacturers often add a lot of salt. One serving of a frozen cheese or meat-and-cheese pizza can contain as much as 982 mg of sodium, sometimes even more. The thicker the crust and the most toppings you have, the higher your sodium number will climb.”A study presented at an American Heart Association meeting suggested eating well-done meat is linked to high blood pressure.Scientists looked at participants who ate at le
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Vitamin D deficiency: The reason your supplements are not working - what you need to do
 
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Vitamin D is an important part of bodily function, helping a person absorb calcium and promote bone growth. If someone has too little vitamin D, they can be at risk of a deficiency, and symptoms of this includes achy bones and joints and digestive problems.Dubbed the ‘sunshine vitamin’, it is best absorbed through sun exposure, but during the winter months it can be difficult to get enough sun, putting you at risk of vitamin D deficiency.Taking vitamin D supplements is good way of making sure you are efficient.But not having enough of a certain mineral can impact your vitamin D supplement absorption. Even if you eat a decent diet, you could be falling short on magnesium, which activates vitamin D so the body can put it to use.Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Rwanda discovered that without enough magnesium, vitamin D supplements are not only worthless but could also be dangerous in increasing your levels of calcium and phosphate.After analysing how vitamin D behaves in the body, the scientists discovered that magnesium helps activate the vitamin so the body can put it to use.For women, the daily recommended allowance for magnesium is between 320 and 360mg, and for men, it is between 140 and 420mg. Good sources of vitamin D Wed, October 4, 2017 Vitamin D: The best supplement to take during cold winter months is vitamin D due to the lack of sunshine. Here are the best sources of the sunshine vitamin. Play slideshow Good sources of vitamin D The authors of the study noted that magnesium is naturally present in “almonds, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, cashews, egg yolk, fish oil, flaxseed, green vegetables, milk, mushrooms, other nuts, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soybeans, sunflower seeds, sweet corn, tofu, and whole grains”.The study authors added: “Studies have shown that magnesium supplementation can increase the effectiveness of vitamin D activity. Therefore, further controlled studies should determine the dose…required for reducing vitamin D associated disorders.”In the meantime, you should look to get more magnesium-rich foods in your diet, and if you are taking vitamin D supplements you could consider adding a magnesium pill to your regimen.What are the symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency?Boots Web MD lists the following:Rickets bone problems in childrenOsteomalacia bone problems in adultsSome research has suggests not getting enough of the vermin may also be linked to:Heart conditionsDiabetesAsthmaCognitive impairment in older adultsThese are the groups of people at risk of developing a vitamin D deficiency.
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Diabetes type 2 - best exercise for high blood sugar revealed
 
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Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, according to the NHS.Not having enough insulin makes it harder for the body to convert sugar int he blood to useable energy.Diabetes symptoms can include passing more urine than normal, feeling hungry even after eating, and extreme tiredness.But, you could prevent complications of diabetes by doing more swimming, it’s been claimed. Swimming is a great way for diabetes patients to improve cardiovascular fitness, according to Diabetes.co.uk.The exercise puts less pressure on feet joints than some other sports, which is important because patients are at risk of foot-related complications.“Swimming is a great way of improving cardiovascular fitness, with constant moving allowing for blood and oxygen to be pumped more efficiently,” said Diabetes.co.uk.“Unlike sports such as football, rugby and golf, swimming does not strain your joints by having you expend energy and then rest. Symptoms of diabetes Fri, August 19, 2016 Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 500,000 who are living undiagnosed with the condition. Play slideshow People should be aware signs and symptoms of diabetes are not always obvious and the condition is often diagnosed during GP check ups. “It also uses upper and lower body muscles at the same time, which could benefit people with diabetic neuropathy, who suffer from numbness.“Intensity will vary, depending on your motivation for swimming, but per hour it can burn 350-420 calories and caution should be taken for beginners as hypoglycemic attacks can occur without proper preparation.”Diabetics considering taking up swimming could exercise one or twice a week without excessive blood sugar management, it said.If you have low blood sugar, try taking glucose tablets to give you a sugar boost, and then consume more sugar immediately after swimming, as well as a big meal later on.Eating a healthy, balanced diet could help to reduce some symptoms of diabetes, the NHS said.It’s important to take regular blood sugar tests to make sure your blood glucose levels are balanced.Without proper management, diabetes can lead to some life-threatening complications, including kidney failure and cardiovascular disease.The condition can also reduce the blood supply to your feet, which reduces the amount of feeling in your lower extremities.
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Prostate cancer signs and symptoms: What are the risks of the PSA test?
 
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Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men in the UK, and because the disease develops slowly, there may be no signs you have it for many years.It was revealed last week that Bill Turnbull is currently struggling with the disease, and the BBC Breakfast presenter, along with doctors, is now urging men to get tested.The PSA test is the recommended method for checking if you have the disease. But what does it entail - is it a blood test, a urine sample or a rectal examination, and does it come with any risks?Dr Sam Rodgers, GP and Medical Director at Medichecks, sheds light on what to expect from the test. Men over the age of 50 who have talked through the advantages and disadvantages of having a PSA test with their GP or practice nurse are eligible for a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test.While it’s highly recommended by doctors to have, Dr Rodgers says the test does carry some risks.He said: “Modern prostate biopsies involve taking anywhere from 10 to 50 biopsies of the prostate depending upon the method used. These can cause pain, bleeding, infection, and may cause sexual problems in a small number of men.“If we take 100 men with an abnormal PSA (using the traditional cut-off of 4.0ng/ml) and subject them all to a biopsy then approximately 30 of them will be found to have prostate cancer on the biopsy. The other 70 men have had a false positive result. Prostate cancer risk factors Thu, March 16, 2017 Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men, and it kills more than 11,250 men each year. Here are the risk factor you should be aware of. Play slideshow Prostate cancer - Here are the risk factors you should be aware of “If we take 100 men who have a negative result (using the same cut off point) then 15 of them will later be found to have prostate cancer (they have had a false negative result). So there is a risk that we provide false reassurance to men who need investigation and treatment for cancer.”Dr Rodgers said there has been some further work to improve the normal ranges so that there are less false negative results, but the problem with doing this is that the false positive rate will rise, resulting in more men having prostate biopsies that they don’t need.He added: “Some PSA tests include both a measure of the total PSA and the PSA that is not bound to proteins in the blood (free PSA).“Free PSA tends to increase with innocent conditions so measuring both can help to interpret the total PSA results that sit between 4 and 10, and so reduce the number of men undergoing prostate biopsies that are not needed.”This Morning doctor, Dr Chris Steele, recommends that people have the PSA test.He said: ““Men who are black or have a family history of it should get the PSA test done from 45.”The PSA test can find aggressive prostate cancer that needs treatment, according to the NHS, but it can also find slow-growing cancer that may never cause symptoms or shorten life.So what happens during a PSA test?
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‘Cannabis oil CURED my cancer when I had six weeks to live’ - what is the hash oil?
 
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Ovarian cancer symptoms include feeling bloated and having a swollen tummy.Joy Smith, 52, was told she had inoperable ovarian cancer in July 2016.But, after taking cannabis oil, the cancer “was completely gone”, said Smith, talking on ITV's This Morning.Smith took the oil as a supplement. Six months supply cost her about £250. "I had six weeks to live without treatment," Smith said."It wasn’t curable."I bought these online, I take it in a little capsule. I usually buy them in 5ml syringe."During my [follow-up] scan - after I'd done lots of chemotherapy - the results were astounding. It was all gone." Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer Mon, August 1, 2016 It has been reported that DOUCHING could double the risk of developing Ovarian Cancer - a disease which has been dubbed the 'silent killer'. We take a look at the signs and symptoms of the disease Play slideshow This MorningCannabis oil is derived from the cannabis plant, complete with its components; tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).THC works by starving cancerous cells of blood supply. But, it's also the component that's currently illegal in the UK.Smith said taking the cannabis oil made her giggly, but not aggressive.Doctors were amazed at how the cannabis oil fought off the cancer, she claimed. She's still taking the treatment, despite it being illegal.Smith is now campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis oil for medical purposes.Usual treatments for ovarian cancer inlcude surgery, and chemotherapy, the NHS said.GETTY ImagesGETTY ImagesTreatments will aim to cure the cancer whenever possible.If the cancer has spread too far to be cured, doctors aim to relieve symptoms and control the cancer for as long as possible.Symptoms can include feeling very full quickly after eating, and needing to urinate more often than normal.See a GP if you're worried about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, the NHS said.
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Fibromyalgia symptoms: Eating foods from this diet can help relieve pain and discomfort
 
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Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to be experienced by the sufferer between the ages of 20 and 60, though the condition is more common with increasing age.It causes widespread pain in the body, but discomfort can vary depending on the person.The pain may be worse at some times than others, and can feel like a deep ache in your muscles, like a burning or throbbing, or intense, persistent pain.Fibromyalgia can also make you more sensitive, meaning that even the slightest touch can feel painful.The NHS recommends painkillers or seeing a rheumatologist as two forms of treatment. But some studies have looked at how eating certain diets affects fibromyalgia. Related articles Fibromyalgia tender points: Pain here could indicate condition Fibromyalgia symptoms: Watch for THIS feeling when you first wake up A study from 2000, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that eating a vegetarian or vegan diet, which is high in plant antioxidants, might offer some symptom relief.Because fibromyalgia can make you feel tired and worn out, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says exercising regularly is one of the most effective ways to treat the condition.So what exercise is best? Research shows that 12 weeks of moderate aerobic training, combined with strength training can improve your pain and overall well-being, says the Cochrane Library.Because the condition can make you feel tired and worn out, eating certain foods can help give you more energy.Nutritionists at Healthline state eating certain foods, such as beans, can also give you more energy. 10 ways to ease the pain of fibromyalgia Mon, April 30, 2018 Fibromyalgia: 10 ways to ease pain and improve quality of life. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 11 10 ways to ease the pain of fibromyalgia The site adds: “Avoid sweets, which will only give you a quick sugar boost. Your body will burn right through them, and then you’ll crash. Instead, eat foods that will five you more energy to get through your day.“Combine protein or fats with carbohydrates to slow down their absorption. Choose fresh, whole foods high in fibre and low in added sugars.”Alongside beans, foods it lists include almonds and other nuts and seeds, broccoli, tofu, oatmeal, dark leafy greens, and avocado.Fibromyalgia can also cause other symptoms, particularly three linked to sleep.According to Bupa, fibromyalgia can cause a person to feel stiff, especially when they wake up, feel tired, and cause them to sleep badly.If you have had these symptoms for at least three months, the health organisation advises you go see your GP to get some help.There are also a variety of other symptoms and health conditions that can be associated with fibromyalgia. These include, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, and rheumatoid arthritis.Is there a test for fibromyalgia?There’s no specific test to diagnose the condition, but when you visit your GP your body will be examined to check for visible sign
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Arthritis pain? Drinking this popular hot drink can help ease joint pain
 
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Tea is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which help protect against certain diseases, including arthritis.Green, black, oolong and white teas are all rich in polyphenols – compounds from plants that boost the immune system and help fight inflammation – which have been recommended to arthritis sufferers to ease joint pain.Rheumatoid arthritis patients should reach for green or white tea, as they contain the highest polyphenol levels, probably because they are less processed.The Arthritis Foundation states that green tea’s active ingredient, a polyphenol known as epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG), makes it the winning choice.“When it comes to antioxidant activity, EGCG has been shown to be as much as 100 times stronger than vitamins C and E,” it states. “Studies have shown it also helps preserve cartilage and bone.”To get the most benefits from tea, arthritis sufferers are advised to steep the tea bag or loose tea in boiling water for five minutes.Having decaf or iced tea won’t negate the health benefits, according to studies.But one or two cups a day probably isn’t enough to make a difference to joint pain caused by inflammation. Arthritis: Seven hand exercises to ease arthritis pain Thu, January 11, 2018 Arthritis: 7 hand exercises to ease pain and strengthen the muscles to improve flexibility. Play slideshow Hand exercises for arthritis Polyphenol levels in the blood drop two hours after drinking tea, the Arthritis Foundation warns. “You’d have to drink seven or eight cups of tea over the day to keep your polyphenol levels consistently elevated.”Rheumatoid Arthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is an autoimmune disorder in which immune cells attack other cells in the body, wrongly thinking they are foreign bodies.This leads to inflammation and progressive joint damage. It affects almost every joint in the body but in particular hands, feet, wrists and knees.If tea is beneficial, what about coffee? Research shows that coffee, just like tea, does contain protective antioxidant polyphenols.But before you start downing double espressos, there are some studies that link coffee to an increased risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis or osteoporosis.The Arthritis Foundation advises drinking coffee in moderation – no more than one or two cups a day.Arthritis affects around 10 million people, young and old, in the UK. It affects more women than men.Research from Germany suggests that eating a bowl of muesli every morning can make bones stronger and could help prevent certain types of chronic inflammatory arthritis later in life.
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Super gonorrhoea: English man has world’s first confirmed case of drug-resistant strain
 
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An English man has become the first person in the world to catch so-called ‘super gonorrhoea’, which has proved resistant to antibiotics.The man, who hasn’t been named, is said to have caught the STI from a woman during a trip to south-east Asia earlier this year.Public Health England has issued a warning that this seems to be the first case “resistant to the current recommended dual first-line therapy.”The gonorrhoea failed to respond to two powerful antibiotics, azithromycin and ceftriaxone, that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends are given to patients suffering from the STI.Last year WHO warned that the infection had become highly drug resistant."The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart,” said Dr Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, at WHO.“Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them."In 2016, Public Health England warned that a powerful strain of the bug had first been seen in the north of England and had spread to the Midlands and the South East. It was highly resistant to the antibiotic azithromycin, but was still treatable with the second drug, ceftriaxone. However, this new strain of the super-bug was unaffected by both antibiotics.Reports state that the patient is being treated with daily injections of ertapenem, another antibiotic, and will be tested in a few weeks to see if the infection has cleared up.Symptoms of gonorrhoea for both men and women include unusual discharge and a burning sensation when passing urine.Men may also get swelling of the foreskin, while women may experience bleeding between periods.However, one in 10 infected men and half of infected women won’t experience any symptoms, according to the NHS.Globally, around 78 million people are infected with gonorrhoea each year.If you think you may have an STI, you should visit your GP or local sexual health clinic.
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Anal cancer warning - symptoms include itching around the anus
 
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Anal cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the large bowel, according to the NHS.Almost 1,200 people are diagnosed with the deadly disease in the UK every year.The cause of the cancer is unknown, but you’re more likely to develop the condition if you’re infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV).Anal cancer symptoms are similar to more common conditions, including haemorrhoids and anal fissures.A persistent itchiness around the anus may be a sign of anal cancer, the NHS warned. “About one in five people with anal cancer [20 per cent] have no symptoms,” said charity Macmillan Cancer Support.“The most common symptoms of anal cancer include pain, discomfort and itching around the anus.“These symptoms can be caused by conditions other than anal cancer.“But it’s very important to get them checked by your GP.“Many people are embarrassed or uncomfortable discussing this part of their body. But doctors are used to talking about and examining private areas of the body.” Early warning signs of cancer you shouldn't ignore Fri, November 10, 2017 Cancer symptoms: Early warning signs of the most common types of cancer. Play slideshow Early warning signs of cancer you shouldn't ignore You should see a doctor if the itchiness or pain doesn’t improve within a few weeks, the charity advised.If your symptoms are getting worse, it’s important for your GP to refer you to a specialist.Other anal cancer symptoms can include rectal bleeding, and a discharge of mucus from the anus.You may also be at risk of the disease if you find small lumps around the anus.But, the lumps may be haemorrhoids, so see a GP for clarification.You could be at higher risk of developing anal cancer if you’re a smoker, or have a weakened immune system, the NHS said.People that have anal sex with lots of different partners could also be more likely to have the disease.Chances of anal cancer patient survival are generally better than other cancers, it said.About two-thirds of patients will survive for at least five years after their diagnosis.Every year, there are about 300 anal cancer deaths in the UK.
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Breast cancer warning - what does a cancerous lump feel like?
 
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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK, according to the NHS.The disease mainly affects women over 50 that have been through the menopause.Those most at risk are people with a family history of breast cancer, or have a previous benign breast lump.Common breast cancer symptoms can include a lump or swelling in either of your armpits, a rash or change to one of your nipples, or a sudden change in the size or shape of your breasts.One of the first signs of the cancer, however, is a lump or area of thickened tissue. But, what does the lump actually feel like? Related articles Breast cancer: Women 'could avoid unnecessary mastectomies' Breast cancer symptoms: Five signs of deadly tumour Cancerous breast lumps may feel like they have irregular shape, according to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.They may feel firm or solid, and could be fixed to the tissue in the breast.The lumps are often painless, so you should still see a doctor if you find any lumps in your breast.But, a small number of painful breast lumps can turn out to be cancer, although breast pain isn’t usually a sign of the disease.Women must speak to their doctor if they notice changes to their breasts, urged the cancer institute. Signs and symptoms of Breast cancer Thu, October 6, 2016 Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women; and one in eight women in the UK will develop the disease during their lifetime. These are the symptoms to check for. Play slideshow Getty Images 1 of 8 Discharge, rash or dimpling? These are the symptoms to check for “Although breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, most breast lumps are not cancer,” said the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.“In fact, more than 80 per cent of them end up being benign. “Despite these common descriptions, it is impossible to tell by touch whether a lump is cancer.“The key point is that a woman should seek medical attention for any concerning lumps in her breasts.“Simple imaging techniques such as a mammogram or breast ultrasound can usually provide reassurance that the breast lump is benign, and if necessary, a breast MRI or biopsy can be used to evaluate whether the lump is cancerous.”Regular exercise and following a healthy, balanced diet may help to prevent many conditions, including a number of cancers, the NHS said.Although there’s no definitive link between breast cancer cases and diet, there are benefits for women that maintain a healthy weight, do plenty of exercise, and have a low intake of saturated fat.Exercise could slash your risk of breast cancer by up to a third.Women that have been through the menopause are more likely to develop the cancer, as they produce more oestrogen.Oestrogen increases the risk of developing breast cancer.
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Vitamin D deficiency - how much sunlight should you get everyday to prevent symptoms?
 
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Vitamin D is important as it helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, according to the NHS.It also helps to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.Without enough of the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, you could be more at risk of rickets and bone pain.But, you could lower your risk of a vitamin D deficiency by coming into contact with direct sunlight.Just 30 minutes of sunlight a day is enough to top up on vitamin D, according to medical website Patient.info. Related articles Vitamin D deficiency: Three reasons you should take more supplements Vitamin D deficiency: This change in appearance could be a sign Up to half an hour of sunlight exposure to your face and forearms should give you enough vitamin D, it said.“For a fair-skinned person, it is estimated that around 20-30 minutes of sunlight on the face and forearms, two to three times a week is sufficient to make enough vitamin D in the summer months in the UK.“For people with darker skin and for the elderly, the amount of time needed to be exposed to sunlight to make enough vitamin D can be much more than this.“The sunlight has to fall directly on to bare skin [through a window is not enough].“Too much exposure to the sun's rays can be damaging. Good sources of vitamin D Wed, October 4, 2017 Vitamin D: The best supplement to take during cold winter months is vitamin D due to the lack of sunshine. Here are the best sources of the sunshine vitamin. Play slideshow Getty Images 1 of 11 Good sources of vitamin D “Sunburn should be avoided at all costs [mainly because it can increase your risk of skin cancer].Between October and March, the UK is at risk of not getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.So, it’s suggested that adults take a daily 10mcg vitamin D supplement to help top up their reserves.The people most at risk of a vitamin D deficiency are those that aren’t often outdoors, to people that wear clothes covering most of their skin.But, you should never take more than 100mcg of vitamin D a day, as it could be harmful, the NHS warned.You could also boost your vitamin D intake by eating more sunshine vitamin-rich foods.Oily fish, red meat and liver are all packed full of vitamin D.Some foods have vitamin D added to them, including infant formula milk, most margarines and some cereals.About 20 per cent of the UK is deficient in vitamin D.More people become deficient during the autumn and winter months.
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Lung cancer symptoms: Three less common signs you need to be aware of
 
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Lung cancer symptoms often don’t become apparent until the tumour has become quite large.But when they do, Bupa lists seven to look out for: coughing up blood, feeling short of breath, having pain in your chest, having regular chest infections, using weight for no reason, feeling very tired, and using your appetite.SCLC (small cell lung cancer) can develop quickly and spread to other parts of your body early on, often before diagnosis, which is why it’s important to be aware of all the symptoms.With this in mind, there are three other, less common symptoms you need to be aware of.Bupa lists these as swelling of your face or neck, a hoarse voice, and broadening or thickening of the tips of your fingers (known as clubbing). Related articles This feeling in your chest could be a sign of lung cancer Why weight loss could be a symptom of lung cancer The health organisation adds: “Many symptoms of lung cancer, such as a cough, can also be symptoms of other much less serious conditions, such as asthma.“But if you’ve had symptoms such as a cough or feeling very tired for longer than three weeks, contact your GP surgery for advice.“Some of the more serious symptoms - such as increasing shortness of breath, chest pain and coughing blood - should be checked by a GP sooner rather than waiting three weeks.“If you’re in any doubt, it’s best to see your GP as soon as you can.”A cough is one of the main symptoms of lung cancer, but what should you look out for? Lung cancer signs and symptoms Thu, January 11, 2018 Chesty dry coughs could be due to a common cold, but they could also be a sign of something more serious, like lung cancer. Here are the main signs to be aware of. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 14 Lung cancer signs and symptoms Cancer Research UK says your cough might be more painful, it may have a different sound, and you may bring up coloured mucus or phlegm when you cough.Another sign your cough could be linked to lung cancer is if you start coughing up blood. This may be small amounts of blood and you may cough up rust coloured phlegm.Your sputum, another word for phlegm, could also have flecks of red in it.It is more unusual to cough up larger amounts of blood, but you should see you GP straight away if this happens.Another symptom people may not recognise as being linked to lung cancer is swelling in the face.But why does this happen?Swelling in the face can be a result of a superior vena cava obstruction.The superior vena cava is a large vein in the chest which carries blood from the upper half of the body into the heart.A superior vena cava obstruction happens when something blocks this blood flow, explains Macmillan. A breakthrough cancer treatment has the ability to save tens of thousands of lives and should be available on the NHS, experts said back in April.
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Double vision could signal a serious illness and lead to blindness or even death
 
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Double vision is a debilitating condition that, in extreme cases, can develop into a life-threatening illness.It can affect one eye (monocular) or both (binocular). It shouldn’t be confused with blurred vision, where only one image is seen.If the double vision is in one eye, a sufferer will only see two images out of that eye. It’s likely to be a sign of dry eye syndrome or astigmatism, which are treatable, but could signal a much more serious illness.One possibility is Graves’ disease, a thyroid condition that affects the eye muscles. It is fairly easy to rectify, but WebMD warns that if left untreated, it can lead to serious complications or even death.Symptoms include inflamed eye tissues that cause the eyeballs to protrude from their sockets. In some cases, partial blindness can occur.Double vision could also be a sign of Myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune illness that causes muscle weakness and rapid fatigue, as the nerves stop telling muscles what to do. It is most common in women under 40 and men over 60.As well as double vision, sufferers may get drooping eyelids, before developing muscle weakness in other areas of the body, making it difficult to chew, smile or do activities such as walking up stairs.Medical website Everyday Health notes that it can develop into a life-threatening illness as it affects breathing and requires immediate treatment in order for the person to be able to breathe on their own. Double vision could also be a sign of cataracts – cloudy patches over the front of the eyes. They can be surgically removed but if left untreated, can cause partial and eventually complete blindness.Keratoconus, where the clear outer layer of the cornea changes shape, is another cause of double vision.Double vision affecting both eyes is more common in children and is usually a symptom of a squint, the NHS states. If glasses or eye exercises don’t help, surgery is an option, to ensure the muscles are lined up correctly.The condition is particularly dangerous for children because if it goes untreated for a long time, the development of the visual system can be permanently halted, the Eyecare Trust warns.“The suppressed eye may get to the point where it is unable to see well, no matter how good the spectacle or contact lens correction.”It can also lead to a permanent lazy eye, where the brain learns to ignore signals coming from the affected eye.There are other rarer causes for a squint, including cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome.It can also be a be a symptom of a rare type of childhood eye cancer called retinoblastoma, which usually affects children under five. For these reasons, the NHS advises getting squints checked by a GP.One third of adults admit to being overdue for an eye test.
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Fibromyalgia symptoms: What is the condition and is it classed as a disability?
 
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Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to be experienced by the sufferer between the ages of 20 and 60, though the condition is more common with increasing age.It is a long-term chronic disorder, but its exact cause is unknown.The condition causes widespread pain in the body, but discomfort can vary depending on the person.The pain may be worse at some times than others, and can feel like a deep ache in your muscles, like a burning or throbbing, or intense, persistent pain.So is fibromyalgia classed as a disability, meaning your eligible for benefits? Related articles Never ignore this trigger, which could cause fibromyalgia Avoid these three foods to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms According to Fibromyalgia Syndrome, fibromyalgia can be identified as a disability and Personal Independence Payment may apply to you.Like Disability Living Allowance, the benefit is given to individuals who cannot work and find it difficult to cope by themselves. It is then split into three levels and each level is representative of the nature of the condition.The site explains: “In order to qualify you must complete a medical assessment which is carried out by an independent doctor once your application has been received and processed.“This examination will determine whether or not the information you have provided in your application is correct and will also assess at what level you may qualify for assistance.”But, fibromyalgia can affect people in different ways, and is a difficult illness to diagnose, meaning it may take some time before your doctor reaches a diagnosis. 10 ways to ease the pain of fibromyalgia Mon, April 30, 2018 Fibromyalgia: 10 ways to ease pain and improve quality of life. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 11 10 ways to ease the pain of fibromyalgia The site adds: “You should expect a lengthy wait as - although Personal Independence Payment does cover this illness - there are more rigorous assessments to undergo before agreement is reached.”In the meantime, what can you do to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia?Because the condition can also make you feel tired and worn out, exercising regularly is one of the most effective ways to treat fibromyalgia, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.Many doctors recommend an exercise and fitness programme as the first line of treatment for fibromyalgia.But even if your doctor prescribes medication for your condition it is important to stay active.Research shows that 12 weeks of moderate aerobic training, combined with strength training can improve your pain and overall well-being, says the Cochrane Library.Eating certain foods can also help give you more energy.Nutritionists at Healthline state eating certain foods, such as beans, can give you more energy.The site adds: “Avoid sweets, which will only give you a quick sugar boost. Your body will burn right through them, and then you’ll crash. Instead, eat foods that will five you more energy to get through your d
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Arthritis pain diet: These four foods could reverse symptoms of joint stiffness
 
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Arthritis symptoms could be reduced by eating more Brussels sproutsStrawberries and mackerel could also relieve painful symptomsGarlic should be added to arthritis patients' dietSee a GP if you're worried about the signs and symptoms of arthritisArthritis symptoms include joint pain, tenderness, restricted movement and inflammation in - and around - the joints, according to the NHS.Other arthritis signs include muscle wasting, and having warm, red skin over affected joints.Patients are advised to eat a healthy, balanced diet to give you all the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy weight.But, you could ease your arthritis symptoms by adding these four foods to your diet. Brussels sproutsSprouts could help to relieve some of your arthritis pain.They’re rich in sulforaphane, a company that helps to prevent damage to your cartilage.“These veggies are part of the cruciferous family, and they are full of a compound called sulforaphane, which helps slow cartilage damage in joints due to osteoarthritis,” said the foundation.“Veggies are always a healthy choice. Try adding broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale or cauliflower to your salad or stir-fry.” 10 super foods for combatting arthritis Wed, November 1, 2017 Arthritis: Fight inflammation and boost your immune system with these 10 arthritis-fighting foods. Play slideshow Pumpkins StrawberriesStrawberries are rich in vitamin C - a crucial vitamin for arthritis patients, according to the Arthritis Foundation.Vitamin C contains antioxidants that may help to slow the progress of osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis in the UK.You could also boost your vitamin C intake by eating more kiwi or pineapple.GarlicFoods that are rich in sulphur may help to reduce some symptoms of arthritis.Garlic is a great source of sulphur, along with asparagus, onions and cabbage.Nutritionist Dr Josh Axe said: “Sulphur contains a form of methylsulfonylmethane [MSM] that reduces joint inflammation and helps rebuild your tissues.“MSM has been shown in studies to lower pain and function impairment.”MackerelYou can get your dose of omega-3 fatty acids by eating mackerel.Omega-3 is a great anti-inflammatory, that may help to reduce symptoms of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation said.“Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation.“Try adding fish to your diet a couple of times a week. If you’re not a big fan of fish, ask your doctor about taking an omega-3 supplement.”
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How to sleep: Six of the best bedtime snacks to help you fall asleep fast
 
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Sleep better by eating these snacks before getting into bedKiwi and chamomile tea could improve your sleep qualityAdd more almonds to your diet every eveningDrink tart cherry juice to fall asleep fasterThe body needs enough sleep to help it function properly, according to the NHS.Not getting enough sleep is bad for your health; mentally and physically.Regular poor sleep increases your risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.You’re also more likely to develop depression and anxiety if you don’t get enough rest.But, you could get a better night’s rest by adding these five food and drinks to your bedtime diet. Related articles How to sleep: Fall asleep fast by doing this while lying in bed How to sleep: Fall asleep fast by making this pillow swap Kiwi fruitEating kiwi fruit before bed could help you to fall asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed, according to Dr Brianna Elliott.Snack on two kiwis before getting into bed, as you could fall asleep 42 per cent faster, she said.“The sleep-promoting effects of kiwis are thought to be due to their content of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps regulate your sleep cycle,” said Elliott.“It has also been suggested that the antioxidants in kiwis, such as vitamin C and carotenoids, may be partly responsible for their sleep-promoting effects. This is thought to be due to their role in reducing inflammation.”AlmondsAlmonds are a great source of magnesium.Magnesium could promote sleep by reducing inflammation, and reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.“If you want to eat almonds before bed to determine if they impact your sleep quality, a one ounce [28g] serving, or about a handful, should be adequate,” said Elliott. How to Sleep: 10 things to avoid if you want a good night’s sleep Fri, March 16, 2018 Sleepless nights can be avoided if you ditch the curries, don’t drink alcohol at lunch and curb that evening gym session. Ten things to avoid if you want a good night’s sleep. Play slideshow Getty Images 1 of 11 How to Sleep: 10 things to avoid if you want a good night’s sleep Chamomile tea“Chamomile tea is a popular herbal tea that may offer a variety of health benefits,” she said.“Specifically, chamomile tea contains apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in your brain that may promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia.”Drinking chamomile tea for two weeks before bed could improve your sleep quality.White riceWhite rice has a high glycaemic index, which means it takes longer for the body to break it down into sugar.High glycaemic index foods could improve your sleep quality.Try eating white rice an hour before bedtime to get a better night’s sleep.“Despite the potential role that eating white rice may have in promoting sleep, it is best consumed in moderation due to its lack of fibre and nutrients,” said Elliot.Tart cherry juice“Tart cherry juice is also known to promote sleepiness, and it has even been studied for its role in relieving insomnia,” she said.“For the
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Fibromyalgia symptoms: This sign can signify your condition isn't rheumatoid arthritis
 
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Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain in the body and increased sensitive to pain.But many people who suffer from pain in their body may be confused between this and another pain-related condition, arthritis.Both are rheumatic conditions, which mean they affect your joints and muscles, but how can you differentiate between the two?The defining feature of rheumatoid arthritis is joint inflammation, which causes joint pain, swelling, and redness.According to the NHS, the joint pain is usually throbbing and aching pain, and is often worse in the morning and after a period of inactivity. Related articles Fibromyalgia symptoms: Taking CBD oil supplements Best exercises for treating fibromyalgia With fibromyalgia, the pain is widespread, but can be worse in particular areas, such as your back or neck.The health body says the pain can feel like an ache, a burning sensation or a sharp stabbing pain.Other defining features of fibromyalgia can include fatigue, brain fog, tingling or numbness in the feet or hands that comes and goes, anxiety and bowel irritability.Because the condition can make you fee tired and worn out, nutritionists at Healhline say eating certain foods can give you more energy.According to the site, eating beans can give you more energy.It states: “Avoid sweets, which will only give you a quick sugar boost, Your body will burn right through them, and then you’ll crash. Instead, eat foods that will give you more energy to get through your day. 10 foods to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms Wed, November 8, 2017 Rheumatoid arthritis: Foods to reduce arthritis symptoms and pain. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 11 The best foods for reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis “Combine protein or fats with carbohydrates to slow down their absorption. Choose fresh, whole foods high in fibre and low in added sugars.”Alongside beans, foods it lists include almonds and other nuts and seeds, broccoli, tofu, oatmeal, dark leafy greens, and avocado.Is there a test for fibromyalgia?There’s no specific test to diagnose the condition, but when you visit your GP your body will be examined to check for visible signs of the condition - for example, swollen joints could suggests arthritis rather than fibromyalgia.How to treat fibromyalgiaBecause fibromyalgia has numerous symptoms, no single treatment will work for all cases.Lifestyle changes and medication will most likely be the recommended forms of treatment by your GP, but other healthcare professional may be involved in your care.These include a rheumatologist - a specialist in conditions that affect muscles and joints - a neurologist - a spiciest in condition of the central nervous system - and a psychologist - a specialist in mental health and psychological treatments.Certain foods have also been proven to help with arthritis pain.Patients with arthritis should avoid eating grapefruits, or risk aggravating joint pain, a nutritionist has claimed. Certain exercises cou
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HPV symptoms: Five factors that put you more at risk of getting the infection
 
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HPV (human papillomavirus) symptoms may not always appear, but when they do warts usually appear on the fingers, hands, mouth and genitals.It is a common infection and, for most people, the virus will clear up on its own, without you even knowing you had it.But in some people, the infection can stay around for a long time and become persistent.There are hundreds of different types of HPV, and most are harmless, but around 12 types can cause cancer.HPV is often spread during sexual activity, but according to the Mayo Clinic, there are other risk factors for the infection. The first is linked to your number of sexual partners. The more you have the more likely you are to contract a genital HPV infection.The site adds: “Having sex with a partner who has had multiple sex partners also increases your risk.”Age can also play a role. Common warts - warts that appears as rough raised bumps and usually occur on the hands, fingers and elbows - occur mostly in children, and genital warts occur mostly in adolescents and young adults.People who have a weakened immune system are also at greater risk of HPV infections. The site explains: “Immune systems can be weakened by HIV/AIDS or by immune system-suppressing drugs used after organ transplants.”Having damaged skin can make you more prone to developing common warts. Symptoms of cervical cancer Wed, January 17, 2018 Cervical cancer often has no symptoms in its early stages so it is important to go for regular screening. Here are the warning signs that you should be aware of. Play slideshow Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer Touching someone’s warts or not wearing protection before contacting surfaces that have been exposed to HPV - such as public showers or swimming pools - may also increase your risk of HPV infection.HPV vaccinationAll girls can get the HPV vaccine free from the NHS from the age of 12 up to their 18th birthday.The NHS explains: “It helps protect them against cervical cancer, which is the most common cancer in women under 35 in the UK.”In England, girls aged 12 to 13 years are offered the first HPV vaccination.A second dose is then offered six to 12 months after the first.The health body adds: “The HPV vaccine is effective at stopping girls getting the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. It’s important to have both doses to be protected.”Because men and boys do not have a cervix, the HPV vaccination is not available to them. But vaccinating girls helps to indirectly protect boys from cancer causing HPV.But men who have sex with men do not benefit in the same way from this. They may be left unprotected from HPV.What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
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