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Around 30 per cent of people in England have high blood pressure - but many don’t realise it. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as the “silent killer” because there are often no symptoms. Left untreated the condition increases your risk of a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, on the other hand, usually does have symptoms.
There are over two million people with diabetes in Britain and another 750,000 who have yet to be diagnosed according to Diabetes UK. Your local pharmacist can offer help and advice on the condition, whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years.
Obesity is a term used to describe somebody who is very overweight with a high degree of body fat. Most cases of obesity are caused by eating too much and moving too little. If you consume high amounts of energy from your diet but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, the surplus energy will be turned into fat.
Men tend to leave their health to chance – with shattering consequences. For many, the findings of the Department of Health’s ‘gender and access to health services’ (2008) study will not be a surprise, as it has long been established that men are less proactive about seeking out health advice and support than women.
If you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health. Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England, and half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease.
There are 15 different methods of contraception. The type that works best for you will depend on your health and your circumstances. Contraception is a personal issue, and finding the right method depends on many factors – including your age, your medical history, and how many sexual partners you’ve had – so what’s right for your friend may not be right for you.
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