How to ‘Manage’ your Blood Pressure?

BPWhat is blood pressure?

When your heart beats, it pumps blood round your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure.

Diagnosis

As you may not have any symptoms, you may only find out if you have high blood pressure when you have this checked as part of your health assessment. That’s one good reason to have a regular check-up with us, especially if you’re over 50.
In the UK, hypertension (high blood pressure) is defined as greater than 140 / 85 mmHg. If you have existing heart problems or diabetes your blood pressure should certainly be less than this and ideally less than 130/80 mmHg.

Keep your blood pressure low!

Even if you do not have high blood pressure at the moment, it is important to keep your blood pressure within range. 
The higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of health problems.

Ways to improve blood pressure ?

Simple self-help lifestyle changes are often all that is needed to regulate blood pressure, these include the following:

  • Stop Smoking
  • Change your diet to a low-fat, low salt diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Cut down on caffeine (<200mg or 4 cups of coffee per day)
  • Get as physically active as possible
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Find ways of coping with stress

If your blood pressure remains high your GP may prescribe you with antihypertensive medicines. It is important to be committed to taking your medication every day.

Check www.bloodpressureuk.org for more information on blood pressure.

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Don’t stray offside with your health

If you want to operate successfully in a busy, competitive environment you need to protect your two most important assets; your health and wellbeing.

Poor coping strategies for stress at work, lack of sleep, poor food choices, eating on the run and no relaxation time can all place demands on your body.

Effectively supporting your health involves combining a number of factors. Much like a football team, you can have the best attacking players available but in a tough environment, poor defence will compromise your ability to succeed. Similarly you can only go on for so long at full tilt before a system begins to fail.

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One cardiovascular risk factor which can easily be measured is the circumference of your waist. You can simply do this at home by passing a tape measure around your waist in line with your belly button, and measure the circumference in centimetres. The higher your waist circumference the higher your risk of a cardiovascular related disease, this is due to the increased fat surrounding your organs and heart.

Your risk of cardiovascular disease increases as follows:

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A health assessment at Wellness International will test all of these risk factors and provide you with guidance to help maintain or reduce your CVD risk. Preventative health screening is the smart way to protect your most valuable asset, your health. Don’t wait until you are ill before you take your health seriously.

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Bowl Cancer Awareness Month

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We will all experience bowel problems at some period in our life, whether it’s diarrhoea, constipation or bleeding. Many of these symptoms may be related to minor problems which can be easily treated; however it is important to discuss any of your symptoms with your GP if they arise.

Bowel Health

A healthy bowel can contribute towards the prevention of bowel cancer, along with many other bowel problems. The best way to keep your bowels healthy is ensure you keep yourself adequately hydrated, along with eating a balanced diet.

Fibre is an important food source in healthy bowels. Fibre assists in helping waste products move through the bowel, such as bile acids which if in contact with the bowel lining for long periods of time can increase cancer risk.

Foods high in fibre are;

  • Bran (Corn, Wheat, Rice & Oat
  • Nuts (Almonds, pistachios & pecans)
  • Beans, lentils & peas
  • Fruit & Vegetables

What bowel cancer screening tests are available?

There is a simple test known as a FOB (Faecal Occult Blood test). The test will detect any blood in a small sample of your faeces. The presence of blood in your stool does not mean you have bowel cancer, it can be present for a whole variety of reasons some serious some not. A positive test will need further investigation to define the cause of the bleeding.  Detecting bowel cancer before there are any symptoms greatly increases the chance of a cure. In people over the age of 50 or in those with a family medical history of bowel cancer we recommend you have a screen on a regular basis.

The FOB test is a simple kit which you can take back & do in the comfort of your own home. We will be able to discuss this test and the consequences of a positive result further at your Wellness assessment.

Symptoms associated with bowel cancer;

  • Bleeding from the bottom without any obvious reason e.g. piles
  • Any change in bowel habits e.g. going to the toilet more or less often /unexplained loose stools lasting more than a few weeks.
  • Severe pain in the abdomen
  • An unexplained lump in your abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained tiredness

If you are over 50 years old or have a family history of cancer, you are entitled to a discounted FOB test once a year at Wellness International.

To book your discounted FOB assessment please contact us on; London 0207 970 1280 or Manchester 0161 930 2477

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