Why do I need a Blood Glucose Monitor

What is glucose monitoring? Glucose monitoring is a way of testing the concentration of glucose in blood samples. This is usually taken from the fingertip. Please watch the video produced by Diabetest.co.uk about our NEW SD Codefree Blood Glucose Meter. Why are glucose monitors needed? It is essential that people who have type 1 or…

Alcohol Information

What is alcohol? Please watch the video’s below to help highlight the dangers of drinking in Men and Women. The Dangers of Alcohol in Men The Dangers of Alcohol in Women Alcohol is found in drinks such as beer, lager, cider, wine, alco pops and spirits (whisky, vodka, gin, rum). All alcoholic drinks contain ethanol…

Glandular fever

What is glandular fever? Glandular fever, also called infectious mononucleosis, is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The Epstein-Barr virus is part of the herpes group of viruses and is very common, however, like the other herpes viruses you may be infected but never show any symptoms. The vast majority of people with…

Peanut Allergies

Peanut Allergies The peanut is part of the legume family, as are peas, beans and liquorice. It bears its fruit in shells and develops underground. For those who are not allergic to them, peanuts are an extremely healthy food, which are very rich in protein. Peanuts are one of many foods that can cause severe…

Kidney Infection and stones

The kidneys Your body has two kidneys one on each side of your abdomen. Each kidney makes urine, which then drains down the ureter’s and into the bladder. The bladder then stores the urine until you pass it through the urethra when you go to the toilet. What is a kidney infection? Kidney infection or…

General Health

In this section of the site we have aimed to cover illnesses we believe to be the most frequent. Don’t forget if you don’t find it under this section try our search facility as it may be under a different section. If the illness/condition you require information on is not on this site then please…

Tuberculosis

What is tuberculosis? Tuberculosis or TB for short is quite a rare disease in the U.K. This is because we generally have good living conditions and levels of immunisation are high. However, in recent years there has been an increase in the number of people in the U.K. with TB. This is mainly due to…

Stroke

What is a stroke? A ‘stroke’ or cerebrovascular accident as it’s medically known is a term used to describe brain disorders, which occur when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted in some way. When the blood supply is disrupted, the brain cells are deprived of oxygen and other nutrients, causing some cells to…

Skin Cancer

What is the skin? The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body and has many purposes. The major function of skin is to protect the body from injury and infection and to regulate the temperature of the body. The skin is divided into 2 main layers they are as follows: Epidermis…

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the second most common form of arthritis in the UK. RA is a painful condition, which causes inflammation, pain and stiffness in the joints and this can be disabling. A joint is where 2 bones meet, for example, the knee joint refers to the point where the…

Polyps

What is a polyp? A polyp is an abnormal growth. Polyps can vary in size, shape and location, they may be single or multiple. Some polyps are flat and some look like a grape with a narrow stalk, or they may take the form of many fine projections, resembling the pile of a carpet. Polyps…

Pneumonia

What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is a serious infection causing inflammation to one or both lungs. The air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs fill with fluid and pus, making it difficult for the person affected to breathe. When the air sacs in the lungs’ fill it impairs their main function, which is to get oxygen from…