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Health Promotion

We encourage all our patients to share the responsibility for their health, both in preventing disease and in treating existing diseases. Prevention really is better than cure. Many of the most serious diseases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and without need for drugs. Please feel free to discuss general health and your lifestyle and ask for advice. Below are some of the ways that can help you to live not only a longer, but also a fitter and more enjoyable life.

Smoking

This is the single largest preventable cause of ill health in this country.

It is a major cause of cancer, heart attacks, angina and chest disease. If you would like advice and help giving up please ask.

Local support to quit smoking can be obtained by contacting Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000

None of the staff in this practice smoke.

Diet

A healthy diet not only helps control weight but also reduces cholesterol and helps prevent heart attacks. Ask the nurse for advice.

Alcohol

Recommended safe limits for alcohol have recently been changed to 14 units per week for both men and women.

One unit of alcohol is equivalent to half a pint of regular strength beer, or a small glass of wine.

Ideally aim for at least 3-4 alcohol free days per week.

If you are struggling to cut down your drink, you can get advice from Alcoholics Anonymous or Change4Life. Alternatively speak to your GP or nurse for advice.

Exercise

Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease as well as reduce weight and makes you feel better. If you are overweight or out of shape please ask for advice before starting vigorous exercise.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can, in the long term, increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Reducing blood pressure can reduce these risks. Treatment does not always require tablets. All adults are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every five years - if you have not had yours checked recently please ask the nurse or doctor.

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