Who is most at risk of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented because the body’s immune system destroys the insulin producing cells. It usually appears before the age of 40 and particularly in childhood, but by far the most common form of diabetes is Type 2. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. It is caused by a combination of our genes and our lifestyle. Historically there are certain groups more at risk of Type 2 Diabetes, but with obesity becoming more of a problem in recent…Read more

Why Diabetes should feature prominently in Occupational Health Advice

Why Diabetes should feature prominently in occupational health advice As employers, encouraging health screening for diabetes is well worthwhile as diabetes is a common life-long health condition and, as such, can have a big impact on health in the workplace. What’s more, up to 58% of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes to our lifestyle! What is Diabetes? Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose (which comes form the foods you eat) to enter the body’s cells to be used as fuel for energy. Diabetes develops…Read more

How to prevent Type 2 Diabetes

What is Diabetes? Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose (which comes from the foods you eat) to enter the body’s cells to be used as fuel for energy. Diabetes develops when glucose can’t enter the body’s cells. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented but by far the more prevalent form of diabetes is Type 2  -about 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. How big a problem is it? There are over 3 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. An estimated 600,000 people have the condition, but don’t…Read more

5 Myths about Flu

Flu is one of the most common causes of sickness and absence from work, so Medigold Health, one of the UK’s leading providers of occupational health advice, has compiled this handy list of commonly held myths about flu, to help educate your staff: 1. ‘Healthy people don’t get flu.’ Anyone can catch flu. The NHS estimate that 15-20 per cent of the population gets flu every year – healthy people included. If you can catch flu, you can pass it on to those who are at more risk of serious illness. 2. ‘The…Read more

Battling against Flu – Do’s and Don’ts

Anyone can catch flu. The NHS estimate that 15-20 per cent of the population gets flu every year – healthy people included. If you can catch flu, you can pass it on to those who are at more risk of serious illness. Every year, flu has a huge negative  impact on workplace health so leading occupational health providers Medigold Health have put together this handy checklist of dos and don’ts to help advise staff on flu protection: DON’TS Don’t confuse flu with having an everyday heavy cold! Symptoms come on quickly and include…Read more

How much exercise do we need to do to offset sedentary work effects?

One hour's exercise is ideal Prof Ulf Ekelund, of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences and the University of Cambridge, led a recent study, the findings of which were reported in a BBC health news article of 27 July He said: "For many people who commute to work and have office-based jobs, there is no way to escape sitting for prolonged periods of time. "For these people in particular, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting exercise, whether it's getting out for a walk at lunchtime, going for a run in the…Read more

Olympic research suggests armchair sport comes with health risks

Health risks of Watching TV Watching TV was found to be even worse for your health than sitting at a desk, according to recent research findings reported a recent article published on the BBC website (27 July 2016*) ahead of the Olympics.   Watching TV for more than three hours was associated with an increased risk of premature death for all but the most active, as a result of  heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, which have all been linked to inactivity. Whilst sitting at a desk all day is bad for your health,…Read more

Office workers need to be doing one hour of exercise a day to offset risks of early death

Office work often means 8 hours plus a day sitting at a desk and the latest findings from scientists shows that office workers should take an hour's brisk exercise a day to offset the risks of early death that this more sedentary lifestyle can lead to. Occupational health providers will be one group looking carefully at this new analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet to coincide with the Olympics. The methodology To look at the impact of activity…Read more

New study shows timing of exercise linked to improved learning

Leading occupational health providers Medigold were interested to read about a recent Dutch study on exercise which plays such a crucial role in maintaining workplace health. The BBC ( 17 June 2016*) reported that the findings indicated that intensive physical exercise, if taken four hours after learning,  is key to remembering information learnt. Exercise is known to release proteins that can boost the part of the brain related to memory, and this recent study also suggests the timing of it is crucial. The Study The study, published in Current Biology, tested 72 people…Read more

Working in the sun – how to avoid sunburn

Sunburn can be very painful and can lead to staff sickness and absence  so it is well worth employers educating staff, particularly for those working outside. To help, leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have come up with the following handy points to remember to do and things to beware of when working in the sun. Do Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm where possible If you work outdoors, make sure you spend your breaks in the shade Allow for reflection – up to 85% of UV rays can be reflected…Read more