Do You Love Your Liver As Much As You Could?

Did you manage a Dry January? 

We all know January is the time we cut back after all the overindulgence of Christmas, we try to not drink, cut back on the chocolate and crisps, and we are really, really determined to look after ourselves, right? 

If you did, then well done!  If you didn’t then read on to get some helpful advice that you can use throughout 2017 to get you back on track.  

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Scientists discover link between stress and heart disease

The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests.

In a study of 300 people, those with higher activity in the amygdala were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease - and sooner than others.

Stress could be as important a risk factor as smoking and high blood pressure, the US researchers said.

Heart experts said at-risk patients should be helped to manage stress.

World Hypertension Day - Global Increasing 17th May

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Every year, 17 May is dedicated to World Hypertension Day, the purpose of the which is to promote public awareness of the problem.  Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure and astonishingly one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure. High blood pressure raises the risk of having a heart attack or stroke and every five minutes, someone in the UK has a heart attack. For strokes it’s one every 3.5 minutes.

 

Several factors are linked to causing high blood pressure:

 

Work stress linked to greater risk of stroke

Stressed man at workWaitresses and nursing aides run a higher risk of stroke than janitors or teachers, according to research published in the journal Neurology. The study found that people who experience high levels of stress at work may be at greater risk for stroke.

Nurses Miss 1,000 Hours due to Stress

July 2013
Nurses miss 1,000 hours due to stress as cuts bite at Sunderland hospital

STRESSED nurses were absent from work for almost 1,000 hours in the first three months of this year.

New figures from Sunderland Royal Hospital reveal exhausted staff nurses and specialist nurse practitioners (SNPs) were the groups most feeling the strain.

Workplace stress among teachers must be taken seriously

June 2013
Stress levels are straining relationships and having a negative effect on wellbeing, according to Teachers Assurance survey

On reading the latest report on teachers' stress levels, weary sense of deja vu descended. The survey by Teachers Assurance reveals that 76% of teachers believe that workplace stress is making them ill, with 56% believing they would do a better job if they were less stressed. In addition, 40% feel they argue more with their partners and friends as a result of the pressures they face and 83% said they feel constantly exhausted because of work.

HSE Targets Workplace Stress

Stressed ManThe Heath & Safety Executive has increased its focus on work related stress.  Reports from the HSE and trades unions have long reported on the rise of stress within the workplace, often leading to high rates of employee absence.

The latest figures show that around 10 million working days are lost each year as a result of stress and this is costing businesses dearly.