Many illnesses are brought about by a poor lifestyle and doctors often have to advise patients about changing their habits if they want to become and remain well.
SMOKING is a major contributory fact and causes many diseases; it also aggravates other minor ailments much worse and usually interferes with any treatment you may be taking. Smoking in pregnancy affects both mother and unborn baby and passive smoking has also been shown to be harmful to others. There are various methods of helping people to stop smoking and if you cannot manage it on your own you should seek help from your doctor or make an appointment for the smoking clinic.
ALCOHOL in excess is also harmful but small amounts do not cause problems. For a man, 21 units spread throughout the week, and for a woman 14 units, will do no harm. A unit is half a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a single measure of spirits. If you think you are relying on alcohol for relaxation or to help you to sleep, it may be worth talking to your doctor about it.
EXERCISE is good for the circulation and general well-being and is a good habit to maintain from youth. If you have not exercised recently, do not do anything too strenuous to begin with, but build up gradually. If in doubt about your fitness have a word with your doctor or nurse before starting.
DIET is important if you are to stay healthy and regular eating habits are worth establishing: this means having reasonable sized meals three times a day, and not starving until evening to have a large meal! A good diet should contain enough roughage (found in bran or cereals) to prevent constipation and not too many carbohydrates (as in sweets and cakes) which cause weight gain. Dietary advice is always available from our nursing staff.
EMOTIONAL HEALTH and contentment is fostered by contact with family, friends and neighbours and maintaining a wide range of different interests and hobbies. Exercise and a healthy diet also helps along with getting out into the fresh air especially in the winter months.