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Female Health

Period and the Menstrual Cycle

Published on 9th May 2018

Period and the Menstrual Cycle The start of your period indicates the start of your menstrual cycle. Each month a woman’s body prepares itself for pregnancy with the lining of the uterus wall (endometrium) thickening in readiness to receive a fertilised egg. If the egg is not fertilised, the uterine wall is shed. During a […]

Urine Infections (UTI) Cystitis

Published on 2nd May 2018

Urine infections or UTI’s can affect different parts of your urinary tract. If your bladder is affected it is called cystitis, if the urethra is affected it is called urethritis and if the kidneys are infected is is called a kidney infection. Urine infections are common, irritating conditions that usually affect women, though men and […]

Obesity – Weight Loss – BMI

Published on 1st May 2018

What is Obesity? Overweight and obesity are defined by the WHO (World Health Organisation) as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. The most common way a person’s weight can be classified is by using the body mass index (BMI). BMI is a useful measure of whether you are a healthy weight for […]

Delaying Periods

Published on 19th April 2018

Although periods are a natural and normal part of being a woman there may be times when you wish to delay a period. This could be due to an up and coming holiday or special event when it would be more convenient to delay your period until a later date.  There is no guaranteed way […]

Facial Hair on Women

Published on 18th April 2018

All women have hair on their faces and body but it is usually fine and light in colour.  There are many reasons why a woman may experience excessive facial hair growth, as well as over other parts of her body.  In the majority of cases the cause is changes in hormonal balance which can be […]

Hair Loss and Baldness

Published on 18th April 2018

Hair Loss and Baldness Hair is made up of a protein called Keratin and is produced in hair follicles which are found all over our bodies, except the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet.  The hair we can see is actually a string of dead keratin cells. An adult head has […]

Type 2 Diabetes

Published on 28th March 2018

          Type 2 diabetes, also known as non insulin dependent diabetes, is the most common type of diabetes. Type 2 usually appears in older people (over 40) though as levels of obesity in the UK are rising, more and more younger people are being diagnosed. Type 2 happens when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to […]

Gestational Diabetes

Published on 28th March 2018

Gestational diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops or is discovered during pregnancy and then usually disappears when the pregnancy is over. Gestational diabetes occurs in approximately 1 in 20 pregnancies. What causes gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes can develop during pregnancy, because the pregnancy hormones make it harder […]

Diabetes complications

Published on 28th March 2018

What complications can develop from diabetes? Complications can occur when diabetes is not kept under control, so is is very important to check levels regularly and attend regular check ups. Complications that can occur can include any of the following: (click the link for further information): Atherosclerosis Eye Problems- Retinopathy Diabetic Kidney disease Diabetic Neuropathy […]

Hypoglycaemia

Published on 28th March 2018

What is hypoglycaemia? If you take insulin or tablets to control diabetes you may occasionally suffer a ‘hypo’, this is more common with people who have type 1 diabetes. Hypo is short for hypoglycaemia and it occurs when blood sugar levels fall below normal. A normal glucose level should be between 4-6mmol/l before meals and less than […]

Hyperglycaemia

Published on 28th March 2018

What is hyperglycaemia? Hyperglycaemia occurs when your glucose levels become too high, usually above 7mmol/l before a meal and 8.5mmol/l 2 hours after a meal. The occasional high reading is not a problem but if levels become very high regularly your diabetes is not being controlled and this can lead to serious complications. What causes hyperglycaemia? Hyperglycaemia […]

Sinusitis

Published on 26th March 2018

What is sinusitis? The sinuses are the air-filled cavities located behind your cheekbones and forehead. Sinusitis is the inflammation and swelling of the lining of the sinuses. There are 4 types of sinusitis: acute, subacute, chronic and recurrent. Acute sinusitis describes the sudden onset of cold like symptoms which include a stuffy nose and facial […]