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December 5, 2018New non-fasting blood tests at Bluecrest
We’ve got some great news about our advanced range of blood tests. Traditionally, you would have been advised to fast before having a blood test because food can affect your cholesterol and glucose readings. But our customers have told us that at times they find the fasting period difficult to accommodate, particularly for afternoon appointments […]
October 24, 2018How dangerous is high blood pressure?
There are some risk factors which can increase your chance of developing high blood pressure which you can’t control, including: Your ethnicity – people from African-Caribbean or South Asian communities are a greater risk of high blood pressure Family history – you’re more likely to have hypertension if members of your family have, or have […]
October 17, 2018High blood pressure: What to eat and what to avoid
As of 2017 Blood Pressure UK estimate around 1.1 billion people worldwide suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure. That’s 1 in 7 people! Although hypertension is often managed with medication, choosing the right diet can play a huge part in helping control this common condition. Generally speaking, you should aim to eat a diet […]
October 10, 2018What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a fairly common inflammatory skin condition which affects around 2% of the UK population. It’s characterised by flaky pink or red patches of skin with silvery-white scales. These patches can appear anywhere on the body (often on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp) and are sometimes itchy and sore. In some people psoriasis […]
October 2, 2018What is stroke?
Latest stats from the Stroke Association show there is around 1 stroke every 5 minutes in the UK. And following a stroke, two thirds of survivors will leave hospital with a disability. A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. There are two […]
June 13, 2018The role of Vitamin D in your body
Unlike most vitamins, vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin in your body. Every cell in your body has a receptor for it, including the immune cells. Vitamin D acts to regulate the calcium and phosphate levels in the body, helping keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Vitamin D deficiency is […]
April 26, 2018Explaining ECG and Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is a common condition which causes your heart to beat irregularly, and often faster than normal. This irregular heartbeat can sometimes cause symptoms including dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness (although it won’t always give you any noticeable symptoms). People with atrial fibrillation may also notice heart palpitations which can last anywhere from […]
April 12, 20186 signs you’re not getting enough Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is the energy vitamin. It helps make DNA (the genetic material in all cells), nerve and blood cells, and is vital for maintaining a healthy brain and immune system. But deficiency is fairly common – around 1 in 10 UK adults are thought to be deficient. So, what are the symptoms of a […]
April 9, 2018Bowel Cancer Awareness
April is Bowel Cancer UK’s annual Bowel Cancer Awareness Month campaign, used as a vehicle to help raise awareness of bowel cancer. Although there has been a great deal in the news about other types of cancer (most notably prostate and ovarian), bowel cancer tends to get far less coverage even though it is treatable […]
February 2, 2018Simple tips to help a smoker quit
Around 15% of the UK population are smokers – that’s 7.6 million people. Yet smoking is still a leading cause of preventable death, contributing to diseases including COPD, PAD, lung cancer, stroke and coronary heart disease. So if you’re a smoker and want to quit, what can you do? Assess your habit Most smokers underestimate […]