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As we age our carotid artery which leads from the brain to the heart gradually becomes blocked with fatty deposits of plaques in a process known as atherosclerosis. The narrowing and hardening of the artery restricting the blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain and increasing the risk of blood clots that could potentially block the flow of blood to the heart...

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer to be diagnosed in the UK, according to the NHS. Most people diagnosed with the cancer are over 60 years old. Bowel cancer symptoms include a persistent change in bowel habit, or a persistent abdominal pain. But, the symptoms of bowel cancer can be difficult to spot, and may not necessarily make you feel...

Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to be experienced by the sufferer between the ages of 20 and 60, though the condition is more common with increasing age. It is a long-term chronic disorder, but its exact cause is unknown. The condition causes widespread pain in the body, but discomfort can vary depending on the person. The pain may be worse at some times than others,...

Sleep is important when it comes to our physical health – not having enough can put you in a bad mood and result in lack of focus. If poor sleep becomes a recurring thing, you can be at risk of serious medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, according to the NHS. Simple changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference, such as reducing...

Hangovers occur because alcohol makes you pee more, and this in turn leads to dehydration. This is the cause for many symptoms of a hangover. According to the NHS Choices website, hangover cures are generally a myth, but there are things you can do to ease any discomfort. The health body states: “Dealing with a hangover involves rehydrating the body to help it...

Back pain, particularly in the lower back, is common, but other places people experience it include the upper back, and on their left and right hand side. In the majority of cases, the pain isn’t caused by anything serious and will usually get better over time. A GP can examine your back and discuss possible treatments. But there are a number of circumstances...

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that usually affects the hands, feet and wrists, according to the NHS. It’s an auto-immune condition, which means the body’s immune system attacks the joints, mistaking them for invaders. Over time, the damage can impact the joint’s cartilage and bones. It’s still unknown why some people’s immune system attacks...

Pancreatic cancer symptoms may only appear when the condition is already advanced, making the condition harder to treat. Currently, this cancer is the UK’s fifth biggest cancer killer, for which survival rates have not improved since 1970. According to the Office for National Statistics, less than seven per cent of people diagnosed with the condition are expected...

High blood pressure is the third biggest risk factor for premature death in the UK, affecting as many as one in four adults. Symptoms of the condition only appear in extreme cases, and include headaches, difficulty breathing and chest pain, meaning high blood pressure is usually diagnosed through a check up with a GP. High blood pressure causes include being overweight,...

Back pain is very common, and usually improves within a few months, according to the NHS. It’s usually nothing to worry about, and should get better by itself without any treatment needed. The most common type of back pain is in the lower back. Doing exercise is one of the best ways to prevent back pain from returning, or to relieve symptoms. Doing yoga everyday...

Folic acid, or folate, deficiency is a serious condition that needs to be treated rapidly. Allowing it to continue may result in anaemia, causing heart conditions, fertility problems and nervous system difficulties. This is because having low folic acid levels causes red blood cells to become abnormal, reducing your body’s ability to transport life-supporting...

Heart attacks are a serious medical emergency, and should be treated immediately, according to the NHS. The condition, which is also known as a myocardial infarction, is caused by a lack of blood reaching the heart. Without enough blood reaching the heart, it can become seriously damaged, and may be life-threatening. A heart attack is a symptom of heart disease...

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK, and is more likely to affect you in later life. Symptoms of the condition include memory loss, confusion in familiar places and leaving items in the wrong place, such as an iron in a fridge. Although causes of the condition are unknown, there are steps you can take to minimise your risk factors. These include...

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK, and is more likely to affect you in later life. Symptoms of the condition include memory loss, confusion in familiar places and leaving items in the wrong place, such as an iron in a fridge. Although causes of the condition are unknown, there are steps you can take to minimise your risk factors. These include exercising regularly, eating healthily and fighting feelings of loneliness. Currently an estimated 1.2 million over 65s feel lonely in the UK, something which they could fight...

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects more than one in four adults in the UK. Certain foods in your diet can have a negative impact on high blood pressure, such as those that contain high levels of salt. But foods that contain potassium, magnesium, and fibre are all thought to help control blood pressure. According to Superdrug’s online doctor,...

Leukemia, or blood cancer, happens when the body’s blood-forming tissues no longer function normally. Symptoms of the condition vary depending on the type of leukaemia the person has. However, there are several common signs and symptoms for diagnosing the condition, says the Mayo Clinic. “Leukemia symptoms are often vague and not specific. You may overlook early...

Getting enough sleep is very important for the body to function properly, according to the NHS. Without enough sleep, you could wake up feeling grumpy, and not perform at your best. Sleep deprivation could also increase your risk of some life-threatening conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Despite the risks, about one in three people in the UK suffer...

Pancreatic cancer is the fifth biggest cancer killer in the UK, and may soon overtake breast cancer. Currently, a person with the condition is expected to live just five years, a number that has moved little since 1970, according to the Office for National Statistics. Its symptoms include stomach pain, a loss of appetite and changes to bowel habits. The cancer occurs...

What makes Davina’s figure even more remarkable is the fact that body sculpting becomes increasingly difficult after the age of 40. This is when the metabolism slows down and hormonal changes kick in, making it harder to shift fat around the tummy. On top of this, yo-yo dieting along with pregnancy and sun damage can reduce skin elasticity and tone. Thankfully...

What makes Davina’s figure even more remarkable is the fact that body sculpting becomes increasingly difficult after the age of 40. This is when the metabolism slows down and hormonal changes kick in, making it harder to shift fat around the tummy. On top of this, yo-yo dieting along with pregnancy and sun damage can reduce skin elasticity and tone. Thankfully there are plenty of things you can do to trim, tone and tighten your midriff. A combination of smart eating and targeted core-strengthening exercises are the most effective...

What makes Davina’s figure even more remarkable is the fact that body sculpting becomes increasingly difficult after the age of 40. This is when the metabolism slows down and hormonal changes kick in, making it harder to shift fat around the tummy. On top of this, yo-yo dieting along with pregnancy and sun damage can reduce skin elasticity and tone. Thankfully there are plenty of things you can do to trim, tone and tighten your midriff. A combination of smart eating and targeted core-strengthening exercises are the most effective...

Heart attacks are a serious medical emergency, and should be treated immediately, according to the NHS. A heart attack is caused by a lack of blood reaching the heart. Without enough blood, the heart may become seriously damaged, and it may be life-threatening. The condition, which is also known as a myocardial infarction, is a symptoms of coronary heart disease...

Back pain is a common condition that usually improves by itself within a few months, according to the NHS. The most common type of back pain is lower back pain, it said. You can prevent lower back pain by maintaining a healthy body weight, and by regularly exercising. It’s usually nothing to worry about and will get better by itself. But, you can speed up your...

Arthritis is a common condition that affects people of all ages, according to the NHS. The condition may be caused by a wearing down of the smooth cartilage that lines the joints. Arthritis symptoms include joint pain, inflammation, and having warm, red skin over affected areas. Severe arthritis can cause bone to rub on bone. This alters the shape of the joint,...

There are two types of stroke; ischaemic and haemorrhagic. The first is when a clot blocks a blood vessel, stopping the flow of blood and starving the brain of oxygen. The second is less common, and occurs when a blood vessel within the skull bursts. Symptoms and signs someone is having a stroke include dizziness and a sudden inability to move limbs. You can reduce...