Did you know that women over 50 years of age are at an increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers?
The hormonal changes that occur during the menopause cause a rise in cholesterol levels. The metabolism also slows down during this time, causing weight gain and increasing cardiovascular risk further.
How you can help:
Focus on healthy diet and lifestyle ( stay active, eat healthily, maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, avoid too much alcohol, don’t smoke)
Take part in regular health screening- body mass index check, blood pressure screening, cholesterol and diabetes screening, baseline electrocardiogram, ten year cardiovascular risk assessment
Cancer becomes more common after the age of fifty, especially breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer and gynaecological cancers (womb, cervical, ovarian)
How you can help:
Regular breast self- examination and mammogram screening every three years; colorectal cancer screening through stool sample plus possible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy; gynaecological cancer screening via cervical smear and HPV infection test every five years from 50 years age, regular pelvic examinations plus possible tumour marker testing and pelvic scan
At Roseneath Medical Practice we believe that health promotion and disease prevention are key to living a long, healthy life. To help you achieve this, for women over the age of fifty, our practice offers a variety of health assessments and screening tests, all with same day results.
You may not realise your blood pressure, sugar or cholesterol levels are raised, until you have them checked.
Often these conditions do not have noticeable symptoms, or only do so when the levels are very high. At Roseneath Medical Practice we want to help you reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Prevention is key….
Roseneath’s new Healthy Heart assessment package includes:
GP consultation ( discussion of diet and lifestyle, assessment of 10 year cardiovascular risk, weight loss and smoking cessation help)
Fasting blood test (including cholesterol and glucose)
Blood pressure evaluation
For more information or to book an appointment call our Reception on 020 8940 9955
Monitoring the growth and development of a child is essential, and should encompass caring for physical, emotional and social development.
Mental health disorders are more common in children than parents often realise. Studies have shown that children with a psychiatric disorder are three times as likely to experience a mental health disorder in adulthood.
The signs of mental illness in children maybe mood changes, Intense worry, difficulty concentrating, poor school performance, persistent boredom, unexplained weight loss, frequent complaints of physical symptoms, sleep and/or appetite problems, nightmares, sleepwalking, regressive behaviour patterns e.g. bedwetting, tantrums, becoming clingy, risk-taking behaviour and/or showing less concern for their own safety, self-harm, and substance abuse.
Common Childhood Mental Health Disorders are Anxiety Disoorders, Depression, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Eating disorders.
If you’re concerned, take your child to a GP. Before you go, speak to your child’s teacher, friends and family to see if they’ve noticed any changes in their behaviour, which will be helpful information for the doctor. The doctor will establish the history of the problem, examine your child and work with you to determine the diagnosis. It’s important to seek advice as early as possible because early support and treatment produces better results for children, and more positive, long-term benefits.
Dr Sumi Soori MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG is a Private General Practitioner at Roseneath Medical Practice in Richmond, who also has a strong interest in Paediatrics and Women’s health.