Free Health Checks for over 40’s in England

Free NHS health checks for everyone over between the age of 40-74 years are to be implemented from tomorrow

The new NHS proposals drafted last year are to come into force from 1/4/09

The health MOT will screen over 40’s  for risk factors for cardiovascular disease & stroke such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes , raised cholesterol, smoking & physical inactivity

The health screening will be carried by GP’s and practice nurses.

It is hoped the new screening programme will reduce deaths from diseases such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and kidney disease.

Visit Valuemed UK medical supplies to see a range of home health screening test kits and medical equipment

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Alarming numbers of Diabetics not getting their annual check ups

Just read this surprising article on the Diabetes UK website. It seems many diabetics have not been having their annual checks with their GPs or clinics. Here is an extract from the article:

Two thirds of adults with diabetes in England and Wales are not receiving all their vital annual health checks. The checks to review blood glucose levels (HbA1c), body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, feet, and eyesight through retinal screening are crucial for effective diabetes management and early identification of the development of complications.

Click here to read the full story online at Diabetes UK

If you are a diabetic make sure you attend regularly with your GP or diabetic clinic for your check ups.

We have a range of diabetes tests and glucose & ketone meters & monitors available to purchase online in UK at Valuemed medical supplies 

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Home fertility tests-whats available & are they any good ?

With many couples leaving it later in life to start a family, more couples are finding that they are resotrting to using home fertility tests to check if everything is working as it should be.

Fertility in women declines quite rapidly after the age of 35 years and so conceiving can take longer at this age. The quality of the womens eggs declines with age, and this can be a cause of considerable stress to the couple.

For an average couple in whom everything is ok, and the women is under 35 years of age there is about a 1 in 4 chance of conceiving each month if they are having sex at the right time, and not doing anything that might impede their fertility (eg using a sperm hostile lubricant)

This means that for most healthy young couples it takes around 4 months for conception to occur.

I have had 3 pregnancies under the age of 35 and am fit and healthy. The first one took 4 months for me to conceive (and that 4 months seemed a long time-after the third month of trying I persuaded my SO to have a male fertility test to reassure me -thankfully it was normal-phew) The second pregnancy took 3 months to conceive and third pregnancy I got pregnant the first month of trying (surprised myself)

If you are a healthy couple and the women is under 35 years of age most family doctors (GP’s) will wait at least 12 months before referring a couple for fertility tests. This is quite a long time to wait and can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for the couple but it is current practice in the UK.  If you have a sympathetic GP as I did they may arrange to do a sperm count for you well before this 12 months (I was very anxious and home male fertility tests were not available to buy when I was pregnant with my first child)

If the women is close to 35 years of age or over 35 years of age-the threshold for referral is much lower, and most GP’s will probably refer after the couple have been trying for 6 months without success-maybe less in some cases.

Now home fertility tests have enabled couples to test themselves at home if they are worried, and if they pick up a problem they can be referred for investigations and help at a much earlier stage.

Visit Access Diagnostics fertility site to see full range of home fertility tests, ovulation tests, fertility lubricants, ultra early pregnancy tests and lots more that can help you when you are trying to conceive.

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Type 1 Diabetes may be caused by a common virus

A new study conducted in the UK has linked Diabetes type 1 to a common group of viruses, the enterovirus, that commonly cause colds and diarrhoea.

The research was carried out at the Peninsula Medical School in south west England, the University of Brighton and the Department of Pathology at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The researchers  looked at 72 pancreases from people who had Type 1 diabetes and found signs of enteroviruses in 60 per cent.

A spokesperson from Diabetes UK said

“This research is a big step forward in our understanding of potential triggers for Type 1 diabetes,” said Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Diabetes UK.

“We’ve known for some time that Type 1 diabetes cannot be explained by genetics alone and that other environmental triggers may also play a part.

“This research has identified the presence of a type of virus in pancreatic beta cells of a proportion of people who had Type 1 diabetes that appears to be rare in people without the condition.

The study was published in the journal ‘Diabetologia’.

Click here to visit Diabetes UK website

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Home Cannabis Drug Testing Kits for urine and saliva

Did you know it is quick and easy to test for cannabis in a urine or saliva sample. Cannabis is now so popular with youngsters that many parents are using home drug testing kits to test for cannabis use in their teenagers.

The current government TV campaign aimed at teenagers and young adults is highlighting the negative mental health effects of cannabis use.

The cannabis on the streets today is much stronger, and includes a particularly potent and addictive form of cannabis called Skunk.

More information or to buy Cannabis Drug Testing Kits online in UK

Full range of drug testing kits

Click here to find more about the dangers of cannabis use

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