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What we have to say about your health and well being
What we have to say about your health and well being
Happy New Healthy Year!
I hope you all had a lovely break over the holiday season. Of course now is the time of year for New Year's resolutions. Two of the most popular resolutions are to lose weight or to stop smoking.
The huge health benefits of stopping smoking are now familiar to most particularly in reducing incidence of cancer and improving the health of your heart and lungs. The health benefits of losing weight are just as significant but have generally been less well publicised. This does seem to be changing now though and the topic has been in the news quite a lot lately particularly in relation to the increase of diabetes in the western world. Due to less active lives and richer diets this condition is becoming more prevalent. Weight loss can also benefit your heart, breathing and joints. Stopping smoking and weight loss both can give you more energy and help you lead more active and fulfilled lives.
If you are one of many who have these targets please come and see us at Totley Pharmacy for help and advice.
To help you stop smoking we stock a full range of products which will make quitting easier. There is plenty of evidence showing that people who quit with the help of Nicotine Replacement Therapy and a support program have far higher quit rates at 4 weeks and 12 months. It is also a very expensive habit, and the cost of NRT nowadays is cheaper than smoking. Indeed a very useful motivator can be to put the money you save towards a reward such as a holiday.
While it can be difficult to achieve in practice, weight loss is a simple matter of using more calories than we consume. Sensible dietary changes and modest changes to your activity levels can achieve weight loss although results may be modest too. We can advise you on such changes. To help achieve greater and quicker results we stock a variety of supplements and meal replacement products. Our meal replacement products are very high qualty and high in protein with a low glycaemic index, and so keep you satisfied for longer. This means you eat lighter meals and snack less.
If you wish to lose a large amount of weight or wish to lose weight quickly we offer the Lipotrim Pharmacy Programme. This involves a Very Low Calorie Diet which replaces meals with Lipotrim Total Food Replacement formulas. These are low in calories but nutritionally complete, so they will keep you healthy, well nourished and comfortable while you lose weight. Lipotrim products are only available to buy from pharmacies participating in the Pharmacy Programme so that you have a highly trained healthcare professional on hand for information, advice and encouragement. When followed properly you can expect to lose a stone a month (a stone and a half for men). We have many patients who have achieved this rate of weight loss with quite a few going on to lose as much as four stone each. I'm sure you will agree these are fantastic results. Compared to this programme, trying to eat a healthy nutritious Very Low Calorie Diet with foods is almost impossible. The benefits of this programme have also been proven by studies which show that they can reverse the symptoms of diabetes. It can also be enormously beneficial for blood pressure problems. So the benefits can be long lasting and far more than just cosmetic.
We will make sure any products you use or changes you make are compatible with any medication you may be taking. We may even help ensure you can stick to your New Year's resolutions longer than the apparent average of 10 days!
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
New continuous cough and/or
loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible