Health news for September

Urology Awareness Month

September is Urology Awareness Month. Urological health is vital. If you’re concerned that you’re displaying worrying urinary symptoms, you can find out more here: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/urology/adult-patients/symptom-checklist.aspx

Do you know how to tell if you’re dehydrated? You should pee at least four times per day, and your pee should be almost colourless. If you’re concerned that you’re suffering from dehydration, you can read more here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Every year, about 40,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with blood cancer. Blood cancer is most common in children and young people. To find out some more information about blood cancer, look here: https://bloodcancer.org.uk/news/blo…=Every year in the UK,young people in the UK.

Symptoms of blood cancer: https://bloodcancer.org.uk/understanding-blood-cancer/blood-cancer-signs-symptoms/

Vascular Disease Awareness Month

Vascular disease is an abnormality in the arteries and veins. This can cause severe problems including disability and even death.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/peripheral-arterial-disease-pad/

High cholesterol is one of the leading causes of vascular disease. Do you know how to lower your cholesterol? Simply improving your level of exercise could help to reduce your cholesterol levels. To find out more, have a look here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/lower-your-cholesterol/

Organ Donation Week

There’s no age limit to being an organ donor. There are currently thousands of people waiting for suitable organ donation. Learn more here about the benefits of organ donation: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/helping-you-to-decide/about-organ-donation/get-the-facts/

If you’re considering organ donation, you should discuss it with your family. Here’s how to get involved this Organ Donation Week:
https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/get-involved/

10th September – World Suicide Prevention Day

During the coronavirus pandemic, mental health problems have become even more prevalent. If you’re struggling with your mental health, are having suicidal thoughts, or feel that you have no one to talk to, you can find help here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/

In the current situation, many people have found that they’re struggling with low mood and sadness. To discover how you can help to improve your mood, look at these easy-to-implement lifestyle tips; they might make a difference: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/feel-better-and-happy/

13th September – National Dementia Carers’ Day

It’s National Dementia Carers’ Day on Sunday 13th September. Caring for somebody with dementia can affect a carer’s overall well-being. Whether they’re struggling to fit in meals or find the time to see friends, this National Dementia Carers’ Day we should find the time to support them. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/carers/

Migraine awareness

Can you tell the difference between a migraine and a headache? Are you ignoring something serious by saying, “It’s just a headache”? To find out how to tell the difference, have a look here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324890#migraine-vs-headache

To find out what might be causing your migraines, or to try to prevent them, take a look at this information from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/migraine/

Know your numbers (blood pressure)

High blood pressure often has no symptoms. This means it’s incredibly difficult to know whether you’re a sufferer. To find out how to lower your blood pressure at home, we’ve got some helpful lifestyle tips that you can follow to reduce your risk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/treatment/

If your blood pressure is high, you’re at greater risk of strokes and heart attacks. https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/risk-factors/high-blood-pressure

World Sepsis Day – 13th September

Do you know how to help support World Sepsis Day? ‘Stop sepsis, save lives’ explains what sepsis is and how you can help:
https://www.worldsepsisday.org/treatsepsis

14th to 20th September – Jeans for genes

This week is Jeans for Genes Day. Don’t let the fact that we’ve all been at home stop you from wearing jeans to support fundraising for people in the UK living with a genetic disease. https://www.jeansforgenesday.org/

Flu season

We’ll soon be in flu season, and if we think you’re eligible for a flu vaccination because you’re more at risk if you catch flu, we’ll be in touch to arrange your flu vaccination. If you have certain medical conditions, are pregnant or aged over 65, you should be eligible for a flu vaccination. If you think you might be in an at-risk group but haven’t been invited for a flu vaccination by us before, have a look here to see if you might be eligible, and if you think you might be, please contact reception to check: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

It’s possible to get two viruses at the same time, so it’s possible to suffer from flu at the same time as something else. If you’re at higher risk from flu and entitled to a flu vaccination, please make sure you have yours as soon as we invite you. If you caught flu and coronavirus at the same time, the consequences could be devastating.

If you’re over 50, you’ll be entitled to an NHS flu vaccination this year. To help ensure those most at risk are vaccinated first, please wait until we invite you before booking your appointment.

World’s biggest coffee morning – 25th September

The Macmillan coffee morning will still be taking place despite the recent situation. While it might be different to normal, you can always take part in this year’s event: https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/

Sexual health for teens

Are you a teenager wondering about sexual health and how to be safe? Have a look here to find more information about your sexual health:
https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/sexual-health/

Let’s talk pants

Help your child to understand that their pants are private. To find out how to explain this to them in a way they understand, see here:
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-ch…VS7DtCh3NbgryEAAYASAAEgIBK_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

National Eye Health Week

Eye health is critical. Vision Matters have developed an eye health calculator to help you find out how healthy your eyes are.
http://www.visionmatters.org.uk/looking-after-your-eyes/eye-health-calculator

Do you suffer from eye floaters? Abraham the Pharmacist has some fascinating things to say on the subject.
https://www.abrahamthepharmacist.com/post/everything-you-should-know-about-eye-floaters

National Fitness Day 2020

Celebrate the fun of fitness this National Fitness Day. Here are some at-home workouts that you can get involved in; it’s easier than you think:
https://www.verywellfit.com/best-ways-to-exercise-at-home-1231142

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