Welcome to Health Matters

BMI Healthcare's exclusive online magazine. Here you'll find everything from healthy living news and research, to interviews with fitness experts and celebrities.

Our Consultant Anaesthetist and Specialist in Pain Management offers his tips for sleeping better with chronic pain and advises what to avoid.

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Whether you bat, bowl or field, there’s a risk of getting injured when playing cricket. Find out about common injuries and how to treat them.

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For some men, a vasectomy has a lot of benefits. Our Consultant Urological Surgeon answers common questions about the procedure.

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Our Consultant Dietitian shares a joint-healthy recipe and offers advice on how arthritis symptoms can be managed through diet. 

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Our Consultant Haemato-Oncologist, Dr Premini Mahendra, explains the different types of blood cancer and their symptoms.

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From what happens during an endoscopy to how long it takes to recover, we answer key questions about the procedure.

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To help you prepare for cataract surgery, we’ve put together a handy checklist of 9 things to remember before your operation

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Certain lifestyle changes can help with joint pain. We share 5 ways to help manage the condition, with advice from Paul Gill our Orthopaedic Consultant.

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Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Ali Khavandi from The Cardiologist’s Kitchen, shares his recipe so you can enjoy a heart-healthy barbecue this summer.

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Middle-distance runner, Eilish McColgan, shares her tips on avoiding injuries, preparing for an event and training when you're ill.

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Living with chronic pain isn’t easy. However, the effects of living in pain are often overlooked and underestimated. We discuss the link between the two.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome can sometimes be tricky to diagnose. We discuss 6 different conditions that can sometimes be mistaken for IBS.

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With hay fever season in full swing, we’re shedding light on the most common myths surrounding seasonal allergies.

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Are you wondering what's wrong with your knee? Find out about 7 common conditions that could be the cause of your knee pain. 

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Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Gurdeep Biring, offers his insights on the labral tear; from available treatments to what to expect with recovery.Read more

Take control of your health by being aware of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and how to reduce your risk of developing the disease.Read more

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr James Lewis, shares his expert advice on the most common symptoms and types of knee arthritis.Read more

Find out how the team at BMI Hendon Hospital got athlete Zane Robertson back on his feet in time for the Commonwealth Games 2018.

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Discover what to expect in the months following ACL reconstruction surgery with this step-by-step timeline about 'returning to sport'.

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Four of our leading women's health consultants answer questions about endometriosis, such as its symptoms or treatments available.

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Want to know how to stay safe on the slopes? Our specialists answer questions on the most common skiing injuries and give advice on how to avoid them.

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Our skin needs protection during all the seasons, not just in summer. Dr Daniel Glass, Consultant Dermatologist, offers 5 tips on how to stay safe in the sun.

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Are you frequently battling tonsillitis? We discuss the main symptoms of tonsillitis and the key benefits of having a tonsillectomy.

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Consultant Cardiologist Steven Shaw talks about what heart failure is, what the common symptoms are and how to manage the condition.

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Do you suffer from knee pain? Swollen joints? Stiffness in your hip? We discuss if complementary therapies can actually help with joint pain.

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Following a plant-based or vegan diet is becoming an increasingly popular diet trend. But is it hype? Or are there health gains to be had?

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Players from Luton Town FC try whole body cryotherapy at BMI Hendon Hospital. We explore the benefits of this increasingly popular treatment.

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Consultant Cardiologst Ali Khavandi explains the differences between types of fat and the impact they can have on our health.

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We speak to Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Amit Kumar, to find out the facts about soft tissue cancer - also known as sarcoma.

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Sustaining a torn calf muscle can really stop you in your tracks. Senior Physiotherapist Katie Baines answers some of the most common questions.

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Excess fat around the belly is related to a number of health implications, but simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your waistline and several health risks.

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Need inspiration for a new health goal? Find out how our Consultants are motivating themselves to make lifestyle changes that last.

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Psoriasis is so much more than just a skin condition. Find out what psoriasis is, what causes it and the different ways it can be treated.

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Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35. Find out why attending a cervical smear test is so important to your health. 

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To help you understand if your body is ready for another pregnancy, Dr Ian Currie shares his expert advice on preparing for your next pregnancy.

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It’s safe to say that most of us have probably experienced anxiety before. But what actually is anxiety? And how can we cope with it?

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Coined ‘The Home of Champions’, Iten is famous for producing some of the world’s top marathon runners. But what makes this town so special?

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Essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles, find out how to avoid the risk of a vitamin D deficiency during the autumn and winter months.

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Ever wondered what new year resolutions a health specialist makes? Six BMI Consultants share their top health priorities for the year ahead.

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With Dry January in full swing, we reveal 5 ways to help you stop drinking alcohol for a whole month. Read more

Find out how to give yourself a quick and easy at-home winter health check - and what you should do next.

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Walking is a simple choice if you’re trying to make your lifestyle healthier. It’s free, easy to do, and an accessible way to increase your daily activity.

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While we all like to indulge a little during Christmas, it's also important to stay as healthy as you can. These tips will help you enjoy your healthiest Christmas yet.

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Do health specialists practice what they preach over the Christmas holiday? BMI Consultants share their best advice on staying healthy over the holidays.

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As the party season heats up, we offer advice on how to look after your sexual health and protect yourself from any unwanted gifts.

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These technologies are opening up a wealth of opportunities, but what is the actual difference between them?

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It’s estimated that around 2 million people suffer from food allergies in the UK. Find out what you need to know when managing a food allergy.

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With Movember in full swing, we advise how to check yourself, the signs and symptoms to look out for and the different types of testicular cancer.

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If you’re experiencing pain from a torn calf muscle, or want to stop it from happening to you, read our guide to the causes, symptoms and treatment.

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The overuse and misuse of antibiotics has led a dangerous resistance to even common infections. But how concerned should we be? And what has caused it?

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Eye health can be easily neglected as some serious eye problems don’t have any visible symptoms.
This is why you need to make regular trips to the ophthalmologist.

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We’re all aware of how important sleep is for our health. But are we getting enough? And, if not, how can we change that?
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It's World Diabetes Day on 14th November – let's look more closely at the symptoms and treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
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It's the start of the celebration season, but how much is too much, and how is it affecting your health?
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We discuss why it's so important to warm up properly before playing rugby …Read more

Dr Sue Peacock from The Saxon Clinic shares the top ten tips her patients use to manage their condition. …Read more

Despite prostate cancer being one of the most common cancers in men in the UK1, it can be symptom-less and people can be unaware of the initial signs…Read more

In 2016/17 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in the workplace and with increasingly demanding and changing jobs, it's no surprise that…
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Is this the future of healthcare? We discuss how mixed reality technology has the potential to improve patient outcomes in the future.
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Consultants Shafi Ahmed & Hitesh Patel from BMI The London Independent Hospital use the Microsoft HoloLens to assist with bowel cancer surgery.
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Physiotherapist and Triathlon runner, Robert Waite from BMI The Somerfield Hospital, shares his top tips to help you hit the ground running this winter, whatever the weather.
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Here are the top three risk factors, and the top three protective factors associated with the disease.Read more

Here are nine recommended lifestyle changes which could reduce your risk of developing the disease.
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We hear more and more about the potential effects of too much sugar in our diets. But what happens when sugar and protein mix?
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We’re all aware of the dangers of getting too much sun – but could artificial light from screens be equally bad for us?.
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It can take hold quickly and spread like wildfire. So what’s the best way of preventing norovirus? Read more

Moisturisers: many swear by them. Others, swear, literally, that they do nothing. Here’s a close up of moisturisers in action. Read more

Is it just ‘fussy eating’? How careful do you need to be? And will it hurt ‘just a tiny bit’? Here’s a list of the things you shouldn’t say to someone with a food allergy.
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There has been a major decline in diabetes-related sight loss across Wales, thanks to a national screening programme for over 12 year olds. Read more

Mr Pradip Javle, Consultant Urological Surgeon, talks about some of the common changes in a man’s health that you should keep an eye on. Read more

Our contributors have used their smartwatches for 6 weeks now. Did their behaviour change? Discover their latest entries.
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Rob Waite, physiotherapist at BMI Somerfield Hospital and a seasoned runner shares his insights about how to get ready for a marathon. Read more

At 75, Marian got treated  for her cataract at BMI Saxon Clinic and launched her career as a children's author illustrator. Read more

A new study about the impact of exercise on the brain found that just 1 session boosts your mood and brain function. Read more

Old-wives tales or actual facts?Here is the truth on five of the most commonly believed health myths.Read more

If you suffer from arthritis, exercise is one of the best things you can do take care of your joints and yourself Read more

Life expectancy in the UK has been on the rise in the past 100 years. Why is it stagnating now? Read more

A colonoscopy helps your doctor diagnose issues with the large bowel. Here’s what to expect if you are having one. Read more

The number of people who smoke is at an all-time low. Could it soon be zero?Read more

With conflicting information available, it’s time to untangle the truth of how red meat affects your health. Read more

Despite decades of research, there is still no definitive treatment for baldness.How close are we? Read more

Here's what you need to know if you are considering a breast reduction operation. Read more

Protein shakes are very popular, especially among fitness fans, but how beneficial are they?... Read more

The impact of psoriasis on people's mental health and quality of life is less visible, but can be just as serious... Read more

Cryotherapy uses sub-zero temperatures to treat many conditions, but what is actually involved?... Read more

Tempted by the tanning salon ahead of a holiday? Here's what you need to know about sunbeds and skin cancer. Read more

Pilates is a great form of exercise no matter your age or fitness level. Find out what are its health benefits... Read more

Knowing the signs of stroke can save someone's life. Here's how you can act FAST... Read more

Cataracts are usually common in older age, but how long do you have to wait before considering surgery? Read more

Can smartwatches influence your attitude towards health and fitness? Find out more about our experiment… Read more

Read Su Hickman's story about how a tummy helped boost her confidence and love her life again… Read more

Find out more about what Kinesiology Tape is, how it can be used and the benefits... Read more

Hepatitis affects 10 million each year and most people don’t realise they have it. So what are the symptoms?… Read more

Find out more about what heart arrhythmias are including the types, symptoms and causes… Read more

Are you about to have hernia surgery? Here’s what to expect in the weeks following the operation… Read more

Find out what causes golfer's elbow, how the symptoms can be alleviated and what can you do to avoid it… Read more

Endometriosis is a very common condition, so why can it take some women years to get a diagnosis?... Read more

Your skin - not just your sleep pattern - can also suffer as you rack up those air miles… Read more

New studies have been published, linking intense exercise to gut problems and changes to gut bacteria… Read more

A recent report by the WHO has been published about adolescent health. Here’s what you need to know… Read more

Mr Andy Hacker, Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, discusses common tennis related injuries… Read more

Are the increasing numbers of people are seeking cosmetic surgery down to selfies?… Read more

Considering laser eye surgery? Find out more about the benefits and the procedures… Read more

We often exercise for the sake of our bodies, but a new study reveals exercise has benefits for the brain.… Read more

Can cycling help combat cancer and heart disease? Read about the study, here… Read more

Can the growing trend 'clean eating' trend affect your bone health? Find out more… Read more

Having cataract surgery can give you back your vision. Here’s what to expect after the operation… Read more

Here, we will answer some commonly asked questions about pregnancy and exercise... Read more

There are lots of things you can do to reduce your risks of developing heart disease, find out more here... Read more

Overweight teenagers are at of risk developing liver disease in later life. What can we do about it?...

Find out more about the common, but commonly misunderstood, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)...

Lip fillers are an increasingly popular way to get a celebrity smile. Here’s what you need to know...

Thrombosis is linked to a quarter of all deaths worldwide. How can we recognise and prevent it?...

It’s estimated that a quarter of a million people in the UK suffer from ME, yet many people know very little about it...

More people than ever are speaking out about anxiety, but what is anxiety and the associated symptoms?....

Keeping joint pain under control is the key to long term happiness. Find out how to manage your pain....

Dirty air is the fourth biggest risk to public health in the UK. What’s going on and why is it so serious?...

Dr Sue Peacock at BMI The Saxon Clinic has some top tips to get you over the finishing line....

Viv discusses how she remained active during her treatment, which in turn helped her to stay positive...

Bowel cancer survivor, Viv discusses her diet and nutrition during marathon training, pre and post run...

Sleep apnoea can have a huge impact on your day-to-day life. We explain the symptoms and what you can do to help...

There are many myths surrounding irritable bowel disease. Here, we explain the facts about the condition...

As a runner, it’s important to know when you need medical attention to prevent an injury getting worse...

Knee pain can have many different causes. Here, we explain the most frequent types and how to treat them...

Ovarian cancer is often called a “silent killer”, so it’s important to be aware of its symptoms...

68% of men in the UK don’t know that being overweight is a risk factor for prostate cancer...

Men are more susceptible to mental health issues due to the damaging stigma around seeking help...

Foot surgeon Mr Htwe Zaw and Robert Waite, physiotherapy manager advise on how runners can protect their joints...

Running enthusiast, Vivianne Pow is about to take on The London Marathon. Find out about her training regime...

A prostatectomy is a form of surgery to treat prostate cancer. Find out more about what it is and what to expect...

Knowing what to expect after your surgery will help you to prepare – here’s what you need to know....

Have you ever wondered what causes jet lag or why it can be worse on some flights than others?...

Drinking enough water is vital for good kidney health – but why? Find out what the kidneys exactly do...

A recent study has found that life expectancy may soon exceed 90 years. Find out more about the findings...

If you experience arthritis of the knee, read on to find out more about knee surgery...

There are so many benefits to having a healthy mouth. Take care of your oral health by following these steps...

Research shows NHS waiting times and strict eligibility criteria are hindering access to treatment...

Do you suffer with varicose veins? Find out more about the new EVLT laser treatment available...

Scars aren't removable, but there are ways to treat them. Find out what causes scarring and the available treatments...

If you experience constipation, bloating, diarrhoea or pain, it’s probably time to start trusting your gut and

The story of the spinal implant treatment that delivered incredible results for a man recovering from a serious accident...

Heart health could be linked to stress levels - here’s how to get stress under control and boost your overall health...

An innovative new treatment for acid reflux is freeing patients from the debilitating symptoms of heartburn...

Do you love it or hate it? Read the lowdown on the training tool that every runner has an opinion about...

Traditional observations involve bringing the embryos out of an incubator. Find out how time-lapse imaging differs...

New year can be the ideal time to make changes in our lives – and for many of us this has a lot to do with our appearance...

Chemotherapy affects everyone differently, so we’ve pulled together this rough guide to how food plays a part in your recovery...

Routine smear tests help to detect and remove the abnormal cells that could lead to cervical cancer...

Find out why you might need circumcision surgery and what happens during the operation...

An endoscopy is a common medical procedure used to examine your body from the inside...

Living with painful joints can be difficult and limiting – so do something about it...

Here are some simple ways of building physical activity into your weekly schedule...

Make this year the best yet by taking control of your health and wellbeing...

The initiative has been praised for its health benefits, but is abstaining from alcohol for a month actually good for you?

Could you turn to hypnotherapy as a complementary therapy to help manage pain?

Dr John O'Donohue, Consultant Gastroenterologist explains some of the causes of gastritis...

There are many incorrect perceptions of rosacea and very limited awareness of the skin condition...

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jonathan Bird discusses the link between osteoarthritis and running...

With only a quarter of cases of ovarian cancer caught early, doctors are urging greater awareness of the ‘silent cancer’...

For around of third of couples struggling to have a baby, a low sperm count or poor sperm quality is a factor...

We explain the symptoms of dementia, as well as how it’s identified and treated, and what a diagnosis may mean for you...

Are you a binge drinker? Get the facts on binge drinking and the potential health risks...

Read about living with bowel cancer, and some of the changes you may need to make in your everyday life...

HIV is a serious but manageable virus – if you get tested early, get a diagnosis and start treatment...

Find out how you can get rapid access to medical care without a busy wait...

Winter brings with it many joys, but it can be a challenging time to watch your weight...

Christmas doesn’t have to be a time of overindulgence – here are fun but healthy ways to look after yourself...

From home remedies to prescription medicine, we look at what works and what doesn’t...

If you feel like you’re frequently battling tonsillitis, it might be worth having them removed...

Fed up of shaving, waxing and tweezing? Laser hair removal treatment could be the answer...

Prostate cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Roughly one in eight British men will... Read more

Beating your food cravings could help you lose weight and steer clear of serious illnesses...

A diabetes diagnosis can be a foodie’s worst nightmare, but that doesn’t have to be the case...

Pancreatic cancer has developed a reputation for being very difficult to treat, particularly because...

Antenatal care ensures you and your baby are supported throughout your pregnancy...

Erectile dysfunction affects hundreds of men and gets more common with age, but there are many ways of preventing male impotence...

By referring patients to BMI Healthcare and other private institutions, GPs can relieve pressures on the NHS...

It’s a long time since smoking was proven to be very, very bad for us. So why do so many of us still do it?

It's Fertility Awareness Week 2016 and Dr Daabis is encouraging women to learn more about their fertility...

Breast cancer can affect anyone, but early diagnosis can make the difference...

Although all men will experience hair loss throughout their life; when, why and to what extent can differ considerably.

Today is World Thrombosis Day, but what is thrombosis and how can you avoid it?

The EatWell Guide is the one we see pinned up at our GP surgeries, a pie chart indicating how to...

Britain is experiencing a fitness boom. If you’re craving ‘T-shirt muscles’, a firmer and flatter stomach, or...

Whether it lasts for a few days or months, back pain is uncomfortable and hard to live with...

Someone has suggested hypnotherapy might be able to help you quit smoking or cure insomnia. But you’re sceptical - does it really work?

Do your energy levels plummet mid-morning? Are you hungry again soon after breakfast? Picking the right foods at breakfast time could...

Medical opinion is unanimous: excessive levels of cholesterol in your diet are bad for you...

Depression affects people in a variety of ways but there are still some common signs you can look out for...

Now we’re being told that sugar is actually the worst thing to have in your diet – but is this true?...

Many people assume that falls are part of old age and don't know that they are preventable just by making a few little changes to minimise the risks.

By staying active we are helping our bodies stay healthy but how do we exercise and reap the benefits when dealing with the pain?

Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins – usually blue or dark purple – that generally...

Sports drinks have long been marketed as performance-enhancing aids for athletes. But are they really as good for our health as they seem to be...