When trying to be as healthy as possible it is important that we have physical data that helps show us how we are doing and what we can do to improve our health. Whether this is knowing our weight, or blood glucose levels, blood pressure or even our cholesterol, it all builds up a picture of our overall health.
Jaysons Pharmacy offers a range of checks that can be done at your convenience or at regular intervals to monitor your health. Whether this is weight management (Wollaton Branch), Blood Pressure Monitoring, Blood Glucose Testing, Cholesterol Testing (Long Eaton), Diabetes Risk Assessment, Jaysons Pharmacy is there to help you achieve your goals and offer support and advice to those who need or ask for it.
Why is it important to get checked?
The body is in a fine balance of cause and effect and rarely does one condition begin that wasn’t started by something else.
For example diabetes can cause high blood pressure, and high blood pressure can lead to cardiovascular disease or kidney disease, and smoking while suffering with high blood pressure causes your arteries to narrow and puts you at a much higher risk of heart or lung disease.
This ties into health checks as monitoring your blood pressure is easy and having your diabetes in control with blood glucose testing and risk assessments is also a normal code of practise. With these simple monitoring techniques people can see what effect their lifestyle has on their health. E.g. if a smoker with high blood pressure and diabetes was to test their blood pressure regularly, then give up smoking this will provide quantitative data as to the improvement of their health as they should be able to see their blood pressure reducing. Spurring them on to improve their health in other ways or to not relapse back into smoking.
Health Checks and Diabetes
Part of the treatment for diabetes is regular monitoring. Diabetics are required to regularly test their blood glucose levels so as to check their medications and diet are working. With regular testing diabetics can see how the food they eat or activities they do, or medication they miss/take incorrectly can affect their blood glucose.
With diabetes comes many complications in later life which are progressive and slow acting. Diabetes is a known cause of High Blood pressure, which as stated before is easily monitored and checked.
When living with diabetes patients have to be conscious of their diet and their physical activity as foods high in glucose and lack of exercise can cause complications in diabetes. A diet that is high in fibre, fruit and vegetables is recommended and 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week has also been noted to help keep blood glucose levels in control.
This ties in nicely with cholesterol testing as people with high cholesterol are at risk of similar complications as diabetics, and ways of keeping them in control are similar, as a reduction in fat, salt and sugar consumed, and regular exercise is recommended for both. Cholesterol testing and changing your diet can help you to reduce your cholesterol, as in changing your diet and monitoring yourself you can physically see the changes in your health as the numbers reduce.
How can Jaysons Pharmacy Help?
Jaysons Pharmacy offers a wide variety of health checks that can help you to keep on top of your health. We offer screening services such as: Blood Pressure Monitoring, Blood Glucose Testing, Cholesterol Testing(Long Eaton Branch only). As well as this we offer Stop Smoking Support, Diabetic Risk Assessments, INR monitoring (Long Eaton Branch only) and Weight Management (Wollaton Branch only). All of these tie in with a healthy lifestyle, as keeping on top of what is going on inside, can help you to look and feel your best on the outside.
For more information about these services and availability, call into either branch and enquire with our staff or call us on:
Wollaton: 0115 928 4563
Long Eaton: 0115 973 0353