Many illnesses are brought about by a poor lifestyle and doctors often have to advise patients on changing their habits if they want to become, and remain, well. We would recommend that you attend one of the health promotion clinics and have regular screening and blood pressure checks.
Smoking is the cause of many diseases. Smoking in pregancy affects both the mother and the baby and passive smoking has been shown to cause damage to others. There are various methods of helping people to stop smoking and if you cannot manage it on your own, you should seek help from your doctor.
Moderate consumption of alcohol should not cause problems but alcohol in excess can be harmful. The recommeded safe limit is 21 units per week for Men and 14 units a week for Women. A unit is appoximately one glass of wine, half a pint of beer, or a single measure of spirit.
Regular exercise is good for circulation and general well being and is a good habit to maintain from youth. If you have not exercised recently do not do anything too strenuous to begin with, but build up gradually. If in doubt about your fitness, have word with your doctor before starting.
Healthy eating helps reduce risk of developing many conditions such as heart disease, cancer, constipation, diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. A well balanced diet should contain a variety of foods with plenty of fruit and vegetables and food rich in starch and fibre. Eat the right amount to be a healthy weight and avoid too much fat and sugary foods. Further advice is availble from our nursing staff.