November 2018 health news

Patsy Westcott and Jane Garton / 01 November 2018

The latest research insights, products and tests to help you stay in good health.

Stay warm for your blood pressure

High blood pressure? Turn up the thermostat. A new study published in the Journal of Hypertension, shows that lower indoor temperatures are linked with higher BP, especially if you’re inactive. Other simple tips include reducing salt intake, exercising regularly, keeping tabs on weight and tippling, as well as taking those meds.

Visit our blood pressure section for more tips

No slip ups

Fear of skidding on wet leaves or icy paths can put a damper on venturing outdoors as the weather turns colder. Enter Nordic Grip Wets waterproof ankle wellies. Their patented IceLock technology prevents slips without the use of spikes while their cosy, microfleece thermal lining ensures toasty feet. Choose from a cheery coral, olive green or navy.

Time to eat

Chrononutrition, the idea that when you eat is as important as what you eat, is gaining ground. And now a study from the University of Surrey suggests it could be key to a leaner frame. People who delayed breakfast by 90 minutes and pulled back supper by 90 minutes shed more than twice as much body fat on average as a control group who stuck to their usual meal times.

Read more about timing your meals right


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The mind-body connection

Good mental health is important – and not just for the mind. Anxiety, depression and other mental distress can push up heart attack and stroke risk. So says a new joint British-Australian study of 221,677 men and women aged 45-plus. Women with high or very high psychological distress had a 44% higher stroke risk. Meanwhile, men aged 45–79 had a 30% higher risk of heart attacks. And this risk remained even after factoring in other risk factors like diet, alcohol and smoking. Further proof of that mind-body connection.

What stress does to your health

Honey for coughs

Forget antibiotics – they don’t make much difference to winter coughs.  So what’s the answer? New draft guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggest we try honey. Cough medicines containing pelargonium, guaifenesin or dextromethorphan, have also been shown to help soothe symptoms.

Cough cures: what works

Free NHS Health Check

Have you had your latest free NHS Health Check?  A five-yearly check-up to spot early signs of type 2 diabetes, stroke, kidney disease, heart disease and dementia in those aged 40-74 years, a recent analysis reveals that less than half those eligible are up to date. 

‘Undiagnosed type 2 diabetes can lead to blindness, amputations, stroke and kidney failure. But with the right treatment and support, people living with the condition can lead a long, full and healthy life,’ says Robin Hewings, of Diabetes UK, which did the analysis.  Time to make that appointment.

The health checks that could save your life

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