Helping you stay well is among the most important services your GP can provide. Our lifestyle advice can provide you with the guidance and tools that will help you make the right decisions and maintain your health.
Preventing illness is as important as treating it: by helping our patients lead the right kinds of lifestyle, we are helping them avoid becoming sick. In this way, our lifestyle advice appointments have one aim: to reduce the number of appointments our patients may need in future.
Weight-gain can lead to a series of what doctors refer to as “comorbidities”: additional disorders and diseases which are often found to co-occur with each other. In the case of obesity, common comorbidities include arthritis, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
Weight management is the set of tools and principles which we can apply to ensure you are able to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain a good weight for your body type. Weight management options include diet and exercise measures through to bariatric surgery. We can discuss the options that are right for you, draw up a plan of action and help you monitor your progress.
We understand that quitting smoking can be hard. The good news is that there are a range of smoking cessation techniques which are proven significantly to improve the outcomes of patients looking to put smoking in their past.
Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death in England. It can have serious effects on blood circulation, your heart and lungs, your brain and your stomach. It can cause osteoperosis, strokes and cancer. The value of quitting, then, is clear – and the value to your health incalculable. We can support you, with proven techniques, and help monitor to your progress.
Cholesterol is a good thing – your body needs it to function properly. But the wrong kinds of diet and lifestyle can lead to higher than normal concentrations of it in your blood. High cholesterol increases your risk of heart attack, stroke and various other problems.
We can undertake the tests required to diagnose your cholesterol levels [LINK to Private Blood Tests]. Total cholesterol levels should be around 5 millimoles per litre (mmol/L) of blood for otherwise healthy adults, and the ratio of total cholesterol to one of the two types, known as HDL, should be below four and aspiring to a level of 2.
If you have high cholesterol, we can help you establish and monitor a diet and exercise plan, help you give up smoking, and as a last resort prescribe statins.
Physical activity is key to maintaining and improving health. For adults between 19 and 64, around 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, and strength exercises across two or more sessions per week is a recommended minimum. There are a range of considerations based on current activity levels, age and health, however. We can recommend a plan and help you stick to it, improving your fitness and consequently your health.
There are a huge range of lifestyle choices you can make in order to improve your general health. Only some of them are listed above. We believe in educating our patients, helping them stay well by providing the support they need to make good choices and monitor their general fitness. Contact us today to book an appointment and begin living a healthier lifestyle – whatever that looks like for you.