We are eating ourselves into a diabetes epidemic says medical director and principal GP Dr Sarj Bahia.

Recent research shows that the extra risk of dying for people with diabetes has fallen sharply since the mid-1990s. The study, in journal Diabetologia covering millions of Canadian and UK patients, found that in the UK the excess risk of death for people with diabetes in 1996 was 114%.  By 2009 this had fallen to 65%.

While these are encouraging figures, this year the number of diabetics in the UK has risen to epidemic proportions – more than three million. As well as being life threatening, Diabetes can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney disease and amputation.

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NHS should be a politics free zone

Politicians who do not see further than the next election have no stake in the NHS’s long-term survival and therefore are the worst people to have in charge of it...

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Medical Director and principal GP Dr Sarj Bahia offers advice during hay fever season.

Hay fever affects in 1 in 5 of the UK population. Thanks to the prolonged cold weather, pollen levels will skyrocket - June will see the highest pollen levels for more than five decades.

But this doesn’t automatically mean sufferers are resigned to having a miserable summer.

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen - the fine powder that is produced by plants, trees or flowers.

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Latest figures show that drugs prescribed to treat alcoholism have soared by almost 75 per cent in nine years. Dr Sarj Bahia explains why…

Alcohol is part and parcel of our lifestyle and it’s not simply a glass of wine with dinner. Drinking is how most people socialize and bond with each other. But the figures show the cliché of women being desperate for ‘wine o clock’ while men are ‘in need of a few beers’ is not longer harmless - it’s dangerous.

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Medical Director and Principal GP Dr Sarj Bahia explains why exercise can be the best drug for depression.

Exercise is a key component of any lifestyle change to prevent or manage illness such diabetes and cardiovascular disease and obesity.

But physical activity doesn’t just have physical benefits. When something goes wrong with your health it’s natural to feel anxious and I always recommend dealing with your anxiety through exercise.   

Regular physical activity encourages improved self- esteem and this is something that we can all benefit from.

A recent study funded by Macmillan Cancer Support found that exercise helps cancer survivors to beat depression. Researchers at the Universities of Strathclyde and Dundee gave more than 200 women a 12-week exercise programme during treatment for early-stage breast cancer. Those who did at least three hours exercise a week were more positive and had a better quality of life. 

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