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How do you know if you have a thyroid problem?

You’re probably not that familiar with your thyroid gland. But, behind the scenes, this is the little powerhouse that controls your metabolism, regulating your energy, body temperature and weight among other things. When it stops working the way it should it can trigger a range of symptoms – but unfortunately the list is so random that many of the things …

Being a vegan

Is veganism really good for your health?

There are many reasons to turn vegan – but is better health really one of them? Giving up animal produce and loading up on plant-based foods… It’s good for the planet and great for your conscience. You may think it’ll also do your health the world of good… And, yes, if you’re prepared to put in the work and cook …

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What’s causing your high blood pressure?

Hypertension – high blood pressure – is a subject that I often find myself writing about.  It raises our risk of stroke, heart disease, and dementia and is something we should all be taking seriously. (If you’re due your NHS Health Check – book it now. It could save your life!). In this feature (see below) I look at what …

life hacks

When is the best time of day to moisturise your skin?

Morning, night, or both? Does it make any difference what time of day you apply your moisturiser? Yes! So says Dr Michaela Arens-Corell of the skin care company Sebamed. In this fun health feature on the best times of day to do everything from looking after your skin to eating carbs, Dr Arens-Corell told me that Our skin’s repair and …

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Is tiny handwriting a warning sign of Parkinson’s disease?

Take a look at your old diaries and letters… Was your handwriting once much bigger than it is now? If so, your shrinking scrawls could be an early sign of Parkinson’s disease. So I was told by Professor David Dexter of the charity Parkinson’s UK, when I interviewed him for a feature on unusual symptoms. Handwriting that’s getting progressively smaller …

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Can diet help you reverse type 2 diabetes?

Interviewing Dr Michael Mosley recently, I was inspired to discover that he has reversed his type 2 diabetes with a fairly simple change of diet. Michael, whose best-selling book The Fast Diet (written with journalist Mimi Spencer), introduced the world to the idea of 5:2 intermittent fasting, told me: ‘To start with I was interested in the evidence that eating …

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Are you at risk of osteoporosis?

Fifty is the magic number… After this age you have 50-50 chance of developing osteoporosis. Your genes, lifestyle choices, and medical history can all contribute to your risk. After your menopause, loss of oestrogen exacerbates the situation by drying your bones out and making them more susceptible to fractures. For this feature, I worked with the National Osteoporosis Society (www.nos.org.uk) …

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What’s causing your headaches?

It’s shocking to think that migraine – affecting one in seven people in the UK – costs the nation more than £2billion a year. But even more astounding is the realisation that many of these frequent sufferers are inadvertently causing their migraines through their own efforts to treat the problem! My feature for Prima magazine explains how taking painkillers on …

The poison on your plate

Last night we tucked into a meal of fish curry with Basmati rice, ooh-ing and aah-ing because it had been two weeks since we’d last eaten rice and we’d forgotten how much we loved it. “Slimming AND healthy!” I commented. Then we settled down in front of the TV, tuned into Channel 4’s Dispatches, and discovered rice is a rich …

Have your cake – and drink it!

A large glass of wine contains the same number of calories – 200 – as a doughnut. Will this information, if displayed on our bottles, A) have more impact on reducing your alcohol consumption than the existing health warnings? Or B) surprise you that there aren’t more calories in a doughnut, so you may as well have one of those …

Lent… I relent (with consequences)

As I do not have a religious bone in my body, my Lent abstinence was destined to fail. I’d embarked on it with the promise that I would make an exception for my trip to Rome (just a few days into the 40-day booze fast), and possibly also a press trip to muslim Dubai, where I correctly guessed that the …

Peel the fear…

In an excellent feature in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph – Short Cuts to Self Help – Victoria Lambert gave us a quick run through of the most enduring self help books on the market. I was pleased to see Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world was deemed the most helpful by psychologist Hilary Bruffell. I have …

Portion control

In the 1960s my dad worked for BP, and a Sunday family treat was to go to the company’s sports club for lunch and a swim. I don’t remember much about the lunch’s main course – I suspect it was some form of roast – but the cheese and biscuits that followed have left an indelible mark on my memory. …