Transgender healthcare services

Transgender healthcare services

For transgender people, healthcare can be an ongoing uphill struggle in many respects. What everyone really needs from their doctor or medical professional is to feel comfortable and supported, and if for any reason a trans person feels their issues are not being heard or understood, this can be frustrating and even dangerous. There are various changes currently taking place in the field of healthcare, and hopefully these areas will continue to improve in the coming years to minimise the unique problems facing trans people trying to access healthcare.

Paperwork –

When it comes to bureaucracy, trans people often slip through the cracks and can’t be categorised in a convenient way, which can lead to all kinds of problems. We are now seeing more openness in the way data is collected and stored, and gender issues are allowed to be less clear cut than ticking a box for male or female. Increasingly incorporating different gender identities into official forms and records is vital for maintaining an accurate picture of someone’s overall health history.

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The men’s guide to doctors visits

The men’s guide to doctors visits

Lot of guys are less than keen to head to the doctor’s surgery, even when they have good reason to suspect they need some kind of guidance or treatment. Some health complaints or concerns can seem awkward, or it could just be a case of not knowing what is available to help. Statistics show men visit doctors up to 25% less than women, but when they are admitted to hospital, the likelihood of ending up in a serious condition is higher, often due to preventable illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.

Why don’t men seek more help?

Masculinity can be a fragile thing, and there’s a certain amount of pressure on most men to convey a tougher images than women are expected to. This leads to a lot of internalised worries and a lower willingness to seek help from a doctor, whether it’s a physical or mental issue. A lack of experience visiting the local surgery only makes matters work, as people (especially men) end up with misconceptions about what actually happens at the doctors, perhaps fearing intrusive physical examinations that wouldn’t really be needed.

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3 healthy eating habits to pick up

3 healthy eating habits to pick up

Our eating habits can be hard to change, even when we know the science behind what we’re eating. That’s why it’s important to train yourself gradually and get into good habits, so you can kick out your former unhealthy tendencies and focus on improving your overall health. Fortunately it’s possible to get into any routine, and your body should respond well once you have some consistency. Here are some of the best habits to try and pick up.

1) Eating regular meals

You might think you’re reducing your calorie intake by skipping breakfast or lunch, but the chances are you’ll want to eat less healthy foods in larger quantities later on. Not eating in the evening is even worse, since once you’ve slept you’re likely to be low on energy, making you irritable and tired. Sticking to three sensible meals a day and eating these at similar times normally becomes natural for most people after some practice.

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Super-healthy summer fruits

Super-healthy summer fruits

In the UK, we love to associate summertime with our favourite food and drink. A barbeque in the sun may be the first thing that springs to mind, or perhaps you’re thinking about all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are now in season. Either way, there may be a few healthy options you’re overlooking that could help you keep your overall wellbeing in check throughout the summer. You might not realise, for example, that these three fruits happen to offer some amazing health benefits.

Protect your skin with tomatoes

If you happen to grow these yourself, even better! Tomatoes are normally at their best during the British summer, and they’re packed full of sweet, healthy goodness. Not only are they bursting with vitamin C, recent studies have identified a previously unknown benefit to tomatoes. They contain high levels of lycopene which can significantly reduce the damaging effect of UV light exposure on the skin. Taking supplements didn’t have anywhere near the same effect as simply eating tomato paste.

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Why visit a gynaecologist regularly?

Why visit a gynaecologist regularly?

A private gynaecologist might be one of the most important medical professionals you deal with in your life. If you’re not already visiting one regularly, there are a huge range of benefits you may be missing out on, and certainly higher risks from various potential health issues. From the first stages of puberty to the later stages of the menopause, visiting a private gyanecology clinic can help with to ensure you keep your body in good health and understand everything that’s happening.

In general, any issues with reproductive or sexual health can be addressed by gynaecologists. They are able to conduct smear tests which help to identify cervical and ovarian cancer as well as the HPV virus, offer vaccination against HPV, detect endometriosis and help with contraception issues, menopause management and other pains or problems. Early detection leads to more treatment options and better success rates for almost all the issues your gynaecologist will be checking for.

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Spotting the Signs of Appendicitis

Spotting the Signs of Appendicitis

Something that rarely crosses the minds of most people is the possibility of developing appendicitis. It’s relatively unlikely that anyone will suffer from it during their lifetime, although this varies for different demographics; teenage males are said to be the highest risk group. However, it is a dangerous condition that, if left untreated, can be fatal. When the appendix becomes inflamed, which can happen for any number of unknown reasons, it has a high chance of rupturing which can cause deadly internal infections.

That’s why it’s important to understand the signs and be cautious, especially if you’re a parent with young children. The most common symptom is abdominal pain, which may be mild or very intense. It usually presents itself around the belly button and typically within a day would spread to the lower right side of the body around where the appendix is located. Additional symptoms normally include a temperature, nausea, vomiting and being unable to eat or drink. A combination of most or all of these symptoms is likely to be an indication of appendicitis, but you must consult a healthcare professional immediately to be sure.

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The health benefits of e-liquids

The health benefits of e-liquids

If you’re a smoker you’re probably well aware by now that there a lot of health risks associated with the habit, and over the years there have been countless organised campaigns to encourage people to give it up, as well as the recent UK smoking ban. These restrictions on where you can smoke, paired with the growing awareness of the associated health risks has encouraged many smokers to either quit smoking or search for healthier alternatives; and one that has seen a massive serge in popularity is the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs.

In the early days of vaping (the term applied to the use of electronic cigarettes in reference to the vapour they produce) the cigarette-a-like was on trend with users screwing their cartomisers into a battery that was designed to resemble a traditional tobacco cigarette. As things have progressed, vapers have now moved onto the more advanced tank based pens and mods which produce more vapour, give a better flavour and allow for the use of a wider range of flavours. This flexability has even allowed users to experiment with mixing their own with the use of unflavoured e-liquid bases and flavour concentrates.

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National Save Your Vision Month

National Save Your Vision Month

This March is Save Your Vision Month as always, so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what you can do to look after your eyes better. If you think just because your vision is fine that means your eyes must be healthy, you might unfortunately be incorrect.

The best way to find out is to look for guidance from sources like the NHS, who offer advice on eye health, or make an appointment to see a professional specialist. Eye doctors will be able to examine you to determine what your prescription is if you need glasses or contact lenses, but in many cases they can do a whole lot more besides, including saving your life by detecting serious issues like diabetes, cholesterol or high blood pressure early.

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A new business model for antibiotics

A new business model for antibiotics

It’s important to understand, as we have mentioned before, that when it comes to all healthcare, prevention is far superior than attempting to cure. While this has always been true, it’s even more important in modern hospitals, care homes, schools, homes and everywhere else.

What’s the reason for this? There has arguably been an over dependence in recent decades on antibiotics and similar treatments for any and all illnesses. Sometimes a trial and error approach is used to treat unknown problems and patients can be exposed to a huge range of treatments and chemicals. Over time this has begun to pose a widely publicised problem, as superbugs have developed that are resistant to antibiotics and leave patients with serious illnesses that have to be managed but can’t be treated. Of course when patients in hospitals become ill, they often belong the most vulnerable groups already, such as the elderly, plus they most likely have weakened immune systems.

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Alternative ways of making your lifestyle healthier

Alternative ways of making your lifestyle healthier

We all know it’s important to eat healthily, exercise and do everything we can to avoid spreading and catching illness. However, the universal difficulty is in actually implementing all these tips and turning them into a more positive lifestyle. That’s why it’s important to sometimes consider another perspective and understand the simple changes you can make in your life that will contribute to your overall health, often in surprising ways.

1) Consume vitamins regularly

Regularly taking a vitamin or mineral supplement is a great way to get all the nutrients you need without drastically changing your diet.

A multivitamin allows you to get a balanced mix of the most needed vitamins. You should take care when considering individual supplements as you may end up taking too much which could have a negative impact on your health.

Certain supplements like iron (ferrous sulphate) can come with a whole host of unwanted side effects, so it’s best to do plenty of research and speak to your doctor before taking them.

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