Early weight loss may cut diabetes risk

Friday 8th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity is the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes, however young people who are obese can reduce their risk of developing diabetes later on if they lose weight early enough, a new study has found. UK researchers looked at the body mass index (BMI) of almost 5,000 men when they were aged 21 and... Read more →

Public urged to have eye tests

Friday 8th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are being urged to have their eyes tested as part of their New Year resolutions. A recent survey of over 1,000 adults in Ireland found that more than half had not had an eye exam carried out in the last two years, which is the recommended maximum interval that should be left between exams. ... Read more →

Lifestyle key to preventing type 2 diabetes

Friday 8th January 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More than 60% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed if people adopted a healthier lifestyle, Diabetes Ireland has said. According to the national charity, which provides advice and support to anyone affected by the condition, the greatest number of people affected by type 2 diab... Read more →

Do not be tempted by counterfeit cosmetics

Tuesday 15th December 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish consumers are being urged not to purchase counterfeit cosmetics, after some were found to contain dangerous substances, including arsenic and lead. The call comes from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which said that it has identified harmful substances in a number of counterf... Read more →

Many festive treats loaded with sugar

Tuesday 15th December 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish families are being encouraged to reduce their intake of sugar this Christmas. According to Diabetes Ireland, the average mince pie contains up to five-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar and many other festive treats, such as Christmas-themed drinks from coffee shops, are also very high in sugar. ... Read more →

Most people overlook key to weight loss

Tuesday 15th December 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

They key to weight loss is not what you put into your mouth, but why, US researchers have said. With 2016 just weeks away, a lot of people will make a New Year resolution to lose weight, however many will not achieve this and among those who do, the majority will regain the weight they lose. In fa... Read more →

15 simple tips for happy feet

Tuesday 1st December 2015 - Áilín Quinlan - Irish Independent

The feet provide a foundation for the entire body structure, but nonetheless are often forgotten about and neglected. In her new book, nurse Isobel Guckian advises on how to best care for your precious tootsies. 1 Listen to your body We might love running, but pounding the pavements sends shock wa... Read more →

Siobhan Byrne: Much-needed boost for the metabolism

Tuesday 1st December 2015 - Siobhan Byrne - Irish Independent

Poor cheat meals, coffee and bad snacking can all slow the body down. Weekend gorging: It's Monday, and if you constantly get to a Monday telling yourself you have to start again with your diet, after gorging all weekend, then maybe you are doing one of the many things that slow down your metabolis... Read more →

Smear test callback

Tuesday 1st December 2015 - Nina Byrnes - Irish Independent

Our GP advises on smear test abnormalities and the inevitably fatal consequences of CJD. Most abnormalities found on smears are totally treatable. About one-in-20 women who are screened will have some abnormal cells found. Less than one-in-1,000 women who are referred for colposcopy are found to ha... Read more →

#MindYourself: 'It is our thoughts that fuel our stress'

Monday 30th November 2015 - Dr Paul D'Alton - Irish Independent

In day two of his guide to feeling happier, psychologist Dr Paul D'Alton explains why we shouldn't believe everything we think. How we think affects how we feel; it sounds simple but this is one of the most important understandings when it comes to our mental health. This thought-feeling connection... Read more →