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 well and remain well. We would recommend that you attend one of the health promotion clinics and have regular screening tests and blood pressure checks.
Smoking is the cause of many diseases. Smoking in pregnancy affects both mother and baby and passive smoking has been shown to be harmful 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 recommended safe limit is 21 units a week for men and 14 units for women, spread throughout the week. A unit is approximately one small glass of wine, half a pint of beer or a single measure of spirit.
Regular exercise is good for circulation and general wellbeing 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 a word with your doctor or nurse before starting.
Healthy eating helps reduce the 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 foods rich in starch and fibre. Eat the right amount to be a healthy weight and avoid too much fat and sugary foods. Further dietary advice is available from our nursing staff.