Author: Olivia Birks

Focus on: Cholesterol

  Our Pharmacist Anshu Bhimbat answers your healthcare questions. I have high cholesterol, what can I do to reduce it?   Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood that helps your body function. Too much cholesterol in your blood causes the blood flow to your heart, brain and the rest of your body to be restricted, which can increase the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular disease. High cholesterol is caused by an a few things that are under your control such as; an unhealthy diet containing saturated fats, lack of exercise or activity, smoking or excessive amounts of alcohol. Some factors that are out of your control include family history of heart conditions, your age and if you have underlying conditions. I would recommend making a few lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of experiencing any health problems in the future. There are medications such as statins that can help to lower your cholesterol levels, but lifestyle changes should be considered first. Top tips to help lower your cholesterol 1. Avoid certain foods that are high in saturated fats • Fatty cuts of meat • Butter, ghee and lard • Cream products • Hard and soft cheese • Cakes, biscuits and chocolate 2. Eat foods high in fibre – the recommended daily amount is 30g. • Fruit and vegetables • Wholemeal...

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Diabetes and exercise

If you are living with diabetes, it’s important to keep active and healthy. Making small changes to your daily routine to include exercise can have a great impact on your health, and by implementing our easy exercise tips, you can incorporate more activity into your day; leaving you feeling happier and healthier. Making exercise apart of  your day can be a great way of keeping active without feeling under pressure to make time. Work commitments and a busy family or life can make maintaining an active lifestyle challenging. However, with some effort you can incorporate exercise into your schedule. 1. Use...

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Dad’s are very special to us, so this Father’s Day treat him to something special! We’ve put together a selection of our top gifts to make your Dads’ day, from aftershave to fitness trackers! Scroll down for more. 5 in 1 Hair & Beard Trimmer The LloydsPharmacy 5 in 1 Hair & Beard Trimmer is a perfect solution for busy, on-the-go Dad! The handy Trimmer comes complete with 3 precision trimmers, to help give that styled look (1-5mm). The cordless trimmer also comes complete with 3 different length comb attachments, to trim hair or beard to a desired length. There is also...

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Can diabetics eat sugar?

Yes! Having diabetes doesn’t mean having to follow a completely sugar-free diet. People with diabetes should eat a healthy, balanced diet. You should still be able to enjoy a wide variety of foods too, including some with sugar. The odd small slice of cake won’t affect your health or long-term diabetes management significantly. Sugary drinks, on the other hand, are best avoided. Top diabetes myths Here are some other myths surrounding living with diabetes and their diet; “Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar” This is probably the most commonly shared, but this isn’t necessarily the truth. Your...

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WIN Father’s Day Bundle

Father’s day is just around the corner… it’s a time to appreciate your father for all that he does! To help you say thank you and celebrate the special day, we’re giving you the chance to win him a hamper worth £100! Simply go to Facebook.com/LloydsPharmacy or tweet us at @LloydsPharmacy and tell us why your dad is so special. Terms and conditions apply and can be found below. Good luck!  Tweet us @LloydsPharmacy Terms and Conditions TERMS AND CONDITIONS  Entrants to this competition must be aged 18 or over and a resident in the UK • No purchase is necessary to enter the competition. • This competition closes on Sunday 11th June at midnight. • There are 6 prizes to be won which consist[s] of x1 hamper worth £100 and x5 runners up prizes • The winners will be notified by Tuesday 13th June by direct message – this communication must be acknowledged by the winner within 48 hours. Failure to respond to our communication email means an alternative winner will be selected from all valid entries received. • Employees of Lloyds Pharmacy Limited and their immediate families, their agents, or anyone professionally connected with this prize draw are not entitled to enter the competition. • An independent person, selected by Lloyds, will randomly select the winners after Monday 12th June 2017 from all valid and correct...

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