Sitting is a major health issue

Sitting is killing us, according to Dr Kelly Starrett, an American mobility expert and the author of a new book called ‘Deskbound’ which was reviewed by The Times in May 2016. With so many jobs these today being computer and desk based, the risks identified by Dr Starrett represent a real threat to workplace health and one which business owners should be addressing to maintain productivity. Here’s why.. “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and more treacherous than parachuting,  we are sitting ourselves to death.  It affects our…Read more

How to advise staff on getting help for low mood or depression

Whatever the cause of low moods or depression, if negative feelings don’t go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, then sufferers may need to make some changes and get some extra support. Occupational health experts, Medigold, have put together this guide for employers on how to signpost any sufferers among their staff to key sources of help. When to see your GP? If you’re still feeling down after a couple of weeks, talk to your GP or call NHS…Read more

3 steps to controlling your worries

Worry and stress go hand in hand and if staff appear worried all the time, it can impact on health in the workplace and on the productivity of your business.  As an employer, it’s worth gaining an improved understanding of the issue of stress and leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have come up with this crib sheet which will help staff to overcome their worries. A three-pronged approach Whether you are ‘worried all the time’ or just worried about a specific issue, you can control this emotion in a very positive way and enhance…Read more

Why employers should worry about worry

Worry and stress go hand in hand and if staff appear worried all the time, it can impact on workplace health and on the productivity of the business. As an employer, it’s worth gaining an improved understanding of the issue and leading occupational health providers, Medigold, have come up with this handy guide: What is worry? Feeling worried is a very common state that we all experience from time to time. Worry can be regarded as a form of negative imagination, which borders on negative expectation. This can be a concern because of…Read more

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

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

Battling against Flu – Dos 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