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How to look after your feet if you have diabetes

It's especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Here's how to take care of your feet and advice on when to get professional help. Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling known as peripheral neuropathy.…

How to improve your strength and flexibility

Strength and flexibility exercises will help you increase muscle strength, maintain bone density, improve balance and reduce joint pain. What are strength exercises? A strength exercise is any activity that makes your muscles work harder than usual. This increases your muscles' strength, size, power and…

Top sources of added sugar in our diet

From cola, chocolate and ketchup to beer, yoghurt and soup, find out where most of the added sugar in our diet lurks. "Added sugar", such as table sugar, honey and syrups, should not make up more than 5% of the total energy we get from food and drink each…

How vaccines work

Vaccines work by making us produce antibodies to fight disease without actually infecting us with the disease. If the vaccinated person then comes into contact with the disease itself, their immune system will recognise it and immediately produce the antibodies they need to fight it. Newborn babies…

12 tips to help you lose weight on the 12-week plan

Get off to the best possible start on the NHS Choices 12-week weight loss plan with these 12 diet and exercise tips. 1. Don't skip breakfast Skipping breakfast won't help you lose weight. You could miss out on essential nutrients and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because…

Foot care for older people

You're more prone to foot problems like corns, blisters and foot infections in later life as the skin becomes thinner and less elastic.  But painful or uncomfortable feet aren't a natural part of ageing, and can be alleviated. If you're having trouble looking after your feet, you're not alone.…

Tips on cutting down

If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine. Make a plan Before you start drinking, set a…

Drug addiction: getting help

If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem. With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way. Where to get…

Minor ailments and common conditions your pharmacy can help with

Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that a local pharmacy could help with. By visiting your pharmacy instead of your GP, you could save yourself time and trouble - no need to book an appointment, just walk in. This…

Ask the GP: smoking Q&As

GP Dr Michael Apple answers some of your queries about quitting and the health risks of smoking. I smoke fewer than five a day. What's the harm in that? Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often don't see the point…
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