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Slightly raised cholesterol in mid-life significantly increases a person's risk of heart disease

Having even slightly raised cholesterol in mid-life significantly increases a person’s risk of heart disease, research reveals. For every decade a person has even mildly elevated cholesterol between the ages of 35 and 55, their risk of heart disease could go up by nearly 40%, the study found. Leaving cholesterol unchecked is not a wise … Read moreSlightly raised cholesterol in mid-life significantly increases a person's risk of heart disease

Could three weeks of heartburn be a sign of cancer?

A health campaign by Public Health England is urging people not to ignore heartburn, as it could be a sign of stomach or oesophageal cancer. A campaign has been launched by Public Health England (PHE) in conjunction with Cancer Research UK as part of its National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative, entitled ‘Be Clear on Cancer’. … Read moreCould three weeks of heartburn be a sign of cancer?

Childhood obesity could be stemmed by taxing sugary drinks

A tax on sugary drinks would help stem the rise of childhood obesity and save the country billions in medical costs, leading health groups have revealed following Australian research. In Australia, they have one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, with 63% of adults and one in four children being overweight or … Read moreChildhood obesity could be stemmed by taxing sugary drinks

A quick guide to cholesterol and the risk to your employees

Most employees that have a Healthy Performance health check will be aware that too much cholesterol can progress heart disease. Fewer employees will know that cholesterol comes in good and bad forms but, that’s where most people’s knowledge will end. Put simply – “Bad” (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) cholesterol clogs the arteries that pump blood … Read moreA quick guide to cholesterol and the risk to your employees

Middle age workers have the worst health and wellbeing

Employees in the age bracket of 30-49 are suffering from the worst health and wellbeing in the workforce, taking more sick days than any other age group. New research from AXA PPP healthcare has revealed that middle aged workers take more sick days than any other age group; they have averaged 2.3 sick days in … Read moreMiddle age workers have the worst health and wellbeing

Couples more likely to get healthier if they do it together

It is this time of year when millions of us will be struggling with motivation to quit smoking, getting fit or losing weight.  It appears though that positive changes are all easier to make if your partner is on the same health kick, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The … Read moreCouples more likely to get healthier if they do it together

Over half of UK businesses take a proactive approach to mental health

Well over half of HR professionals in the UK (52%) regularly engage with their staff to gain an insight into their mental wellbeing, research by PMI Health Group has revealed. The research also went onto highlight that 78% of HR professionals hold an informal discussion with an employee if they suspect they might be suffering … Read moreOver half of UK businesses take a proactive approach to mental health

Exercise and diet help lessen Alzheimer’s risk and may cut threat of dementia

Lifestyle is responsible for up to 76% of changes in the ageing of the brain, according to Age UK, with key lifestyle changes having the potential to reduce the risk of developing dementia by as much as 36%. Five actions that people can take to maintain brain health include, regular physical exercise a Mediterranean diet not smoking … Read moreExercise and diet help lessen Alzheimer’s risk and may cut threat of dementia

Diabetics are being failed over care, says Diabetes UK

The leading charity for Diabetes in the UK have stated that poor diabetes care in England is leading to avoidable deaths, record rates of complications and this is having massive cost implications to the NHS. Their research says that diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times and current care models are not … Read moreDiabetics are being failed over care, says Diabetes UK

Porridge could help boost a healthy life

Harvard University have conducted a major study which found that whole grains reduce the risk of heart disease, along with other major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Researchers tracked more than 100,000 people for over than 14 years, monitoring diets and health outcomes. Everyone involved in the study was healthy in 1984 when … Read morePorridge could help boost a healthy life