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Vitamin D has a number of key roles to play in keeping you healthy and is probably best known for its part in regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body which, in turn, is important for healthy bones and teeth.

Increasing amounts of evidence however are revealing a wide range of other important roles that vitamin D plays in the body, including insulin production, immune health, neuromuscular function - and as an inhibitor of cancer cell growth.

You make much of your vitamin D your...

Glucose is the body’s basic energy currency and is required by nearly every cell in the body to function healthily.

In fact, the brain, our most vital of organs, uses no other type of fuel and is the body’s heaviest glucose consumer, accounting for around 60% of our overall glucose metabolism at rest.

Glucose is delivered to your body’s cells by the blood that flows around them. Insulin, also carried in the blood, is the hormone responsible for persuading those cells to open their doors and let th...

Becoming a non-smoker is without doubt one of the most powerful choices you can make to improve your health and reduce your risk of a wide range of serious, life-threatening health conditions including several cancers, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, emphysema and dementia.

There are many ways to go about giving up. The most effective approach by far for many people appears to be a combination of expert support and medications that reduce your cravings (either nicotine replacement therapy or medi...

There was a time when tanned skin was looked down upon, reflecting the hard, outdoor labouring of the working classes.

And then in 1923, Coco Chanel returned from the Rivera with a golden brown complexion and a new fashion was born. 

However, as the suntan’s popularity grew over the following decades, so did the scourge of skin cancer - to the point where it is now the most common type of cancer in the world.

Three main forms of skin cancer exist. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcin...

Your blood pressure figures are an indication of how much pressure your blood is exerting against the walls of your arteries.

Blood pressure is usually represented by two figures and they indicate the highest and lowest pressure the blood exerts during the heart beat cycle:

  • The higher figure is known as the systolic pressure and is the highest force the blood exerts against the arteries when the heart contracts.

  • The lower figure is known as the diastolic pressure and is the lowest force t...

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