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Type 2 Diabetes

Published on 28th March 2018

What is type 2 diabetes? 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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Published on 20th March 2018

What is tonsillitis? Tonsillitis is an infection causing inflammation of your tonsils together with cold or flu like symptoms.  The tonsils are the two small oval shaped glands which lie either side of the back of the throat, they work similar to lymph glands by helping your body to fight off infections. Inflammation of the […]


Published on 16th March 2018

What are Antibiotics? Antibiotics are commonly prescribed medicines used to treat or prevent all types of bacterial infections from mild conditions like acne, to life threatening conditions like pneumonia. They do not work against viral infections such as flu, common cold and chicken pox.  You are also unlikely to be prescribed antibiotics for mild bacterial […]


Published on 15th March 2018

What is Amoxicillin? Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that is used to fight bacterial infections such as, chest infections, tonsillitis, pneumonia, dental abscesses, ear infections, gonorrhoea, UTI’s (urinary tract infections) and for severe cases of Salmonella poisoning. There are many brands and forms of Amoxicillin available, it can come as capsules or as a liquid that you […]

Yeast Infections of the skin, mouth and nails

Published on 23rd February 2018

What is a yeast infection of the skin? A yeast infection occurs when yeast-like fungi called candida grows on the skin causing a red, scaly, itchy rash to develop. There are more than 20 different types of candida and they most grow harmlessly on our skin but in warm, moist, creased areas such as armpits, […]


Published on 25th January 2018

What is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and is known to affect most warm-blooded animals, including humans.  Cats are recognised as the primary host of the parasite which causes toxoplasmosis, however, you are most likely to become infected by eating infected meat which has not been properly cooked, unwashed […]

Type 1 Diabetes

Published on 6th December 2017

What is Type 1 Diabetes? Diabetes or diabetes mellitus to give its full name has two types, simply called type 1 and type 2, in this section we will be talking about type 1. For more information on type 2 diabetes click here. Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin dependent diabetes, develops when the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been […]

Food Poisoning

Published on 5th December 2017

What is Food Poisoning? When you eat food that is contaminated this can cause food poisoning and it is impossible to tell if food is contaminated by looking at it. For most people food poisoning is not serious and you will get better in a few days. There are an estimated 500,000 cases of food […]