Welcome to Health Matters

BMI Healthcare's guide to health and wellness. Practical, intelligent advice for better living, to help you look after yourself in mind and body.

A quick and easy recipe for homemade beans on toast that’s tasty, comforting and vegan too. Your new weeknight favourite.

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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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Are you eating enough fibre? We take a look at the recommended intake and offer tips on adding fibrous foods to your diet.

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The NHS running plan aims to take you from absolute beginner to running 5K in just nine weeks. We consider the pros and cons of the programme.

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Our healthier take on this classic Italian pasta dish has a fiery tomato and aubergine sauce and counts as two of your 5 A Day.

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We consider the stigma around men and mental health and the importance of changing perspectives, and also share advice on how and when to seek help.Read more

We share the key facts about blood pressure, including what the numbers mean and what you should do if yours is high or low.

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We take a look at male pattern baldness including early signs and the underlying causes as well as available treatment options.Read more

We share our favourite simple soup recipes including butternut squash, cream of tomato and a garlicky spinach soup.

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Golf expert Jordan Fuller shares his top tips for preventing injuries on the golf course, from correcting your posture to the importance of warming up. Read more 

We speak to two consultant urologists about the benefits and suitability of the various treatments for prostate enlargement.Read more

Are you a binge drinker? Get the facts on binge drinking and the potential health risks, along with tips on monitoring your alcohol intake.

Everyone's favourite comfort food gets a makeover in this cosy yet healthy mac and cheese recipe, made with a creamy hidden veg sauce.

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We speak to a consultant gynaecologist about self-care and staying healthy for women who are experiencing the menopause. Read more

Urinary tract infections are common among children. This handy guide for parents covers causes, symptoms, treatments and preventative measures. Read more

We share advice on cholesterol and what it means to your health, with tips on lifestyle changes that can help to lower your levels. Read more

An easy recipe for roasted vegetables plus five ways to use them in healthy meals throughout the week, from vegan pasta to five-minute flatbreads.

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Do you really know what your gut microbiome is? We consider the science and the ways you can boost the health of your own gut.

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Expert advice on bedwetting including common causes, at what age your child should stop wetting the bed, and when it’s time to seek help.

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How does robotics-assisted knee surgery differ from existing methods? And what are the potential benefits? We take a closer look.Read more

Our healthy interpretation of the classic Creole dish jambalaya is a one pot wonder that’s sure to become a weeknight favourite.

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

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Our specialist consultant gives the lowdown on PRP injections, a new treatment used for sports injuries and painful joints.Read more

Regular cycling offers a variety of benefits to your health, both mental and physical. Discover the 10 most important health benefits of getting on your bike. Read more

Pack more fibre into your diet with our healthy and delicious version of the ever-popular spaghetti Bolognese. This easy recipe contains three of your 5 A Day.Read more

From breathing exercises to treating yourself, these are our top 18 easy tips to calm you when you’re feeling stressed or anxious.Read more

We consider the pros and cons of ecigarettes as an aid to stopping smoking and dispel some common myths surrounding vaping. Read more

Are you experiencing abdominal pain and wondering why? You could be one of the estimated 1 in 7 people who have gallstones.Read more

Top tips to help you feel better and perform better if you’ve suffered a night of broken or little sleep, written by a sleep specialist.Read more

We speak to the team at London Broncos about the importance of risk management and preparation to avoid injury on the rugby pitch. Read more

This buzzword shows no signs of going away, but what does self-care really mean and why does it matter? We take a closer look.Read more

An expert guide to managing rugby injuries and planning your recovery to get you back on the pitch faster, with advice from London Broncos RL.Read more

Our take on this traditional Middle Eastern dish packs in 5 portions of veg per serving. A healthy yet hearty brunch dish for two.Read more

If you’re looking to ease knee pain and build your muscles, a low-impact exercise like swimming could be the answer you’re looking for. Read more

Are you worried you might have Dupuytren’s? We speak to the British Dupuytren’s Society about the signs and symptoms and how it can be treated.Read more

The secret to a longer life is unknown, but there is evidence to suggest things that help. Read on for five factors that could mean you live longer… Read more

This Mexican-style recipe is low in calories yet bursting with flavour and nutrients, plus vegan to boot. An easy dish to add to your meal planning roster. Read more

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Col Paul Parker shares his advice on this common cause of heel pain, discussing causes, symptoms and how to treat it.Read more

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Mr Christopher C.T Lee shares his advice on what to eat – and what not to eat – when you’re pregnant. Read more

Top tips on managing arthritis pain at home, with a video Q&A featuring Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Faisal Hussain.Read more

Are you considering a hysterectomy? Find out about the procedure and side effects and what to expect from your recovery. Read more

Are you suffering from back pain and wondering why? Our video guide to common causes and treatments could give you the advice you need.Read more

A video guide to the symptoms of endometriosis and other conditions it can be mistaken for, with Consultant Gynaecologist Zoe Woodward. Read more

Discover the lifestyle changes that can help to avoid erectile dysfunction as well as common underlying medical causes that could be to blame. Read more

It’s a common belief that changes in the weather can lead to arthritis flare-ups, but is there any truth behind it? We take a closer look.Read more

Don’t put off your cervical screening. Having regular smear tests can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer, potentially saving your life.Read more

Can smartphones and social media encourage symptoms of anxiety and depression? We offer advice on how to step away from your screen. Read more

Sleep is vital to both our physical and mental wellbeing. Find out if you’re getting enough and, if not, what you can do to sleep more and sleep better. Read more

We answer common questions about robotic-arm assisted knee replacement surgery and consider the advantages it could offer you.Read more

If you’re worried that you or a loved one may have diabetes, this checklist highlights the seven main signs and symptoms to look out for. Read more

If you need a new hip, robotic-arm assisted surgery might just be the choice for you. We consider the key benefits compared with traditional methods.Read more

Are you in pain from bunions and considering surgery? Consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon Mr Adam Ajis shares his advice.Read more

Every session on a sunbed increases your risk of skin cancer by more than you might think. Dr Andrew G Affleck demystifies sun safety. Read more

Mr Andy Hacker, Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, discusses common tennis related injuries, including symptoms, treatments and avoiding re-injury. Read more

More people in the UK are going vegan than ever before. Is it just a fad, or are there real health benefits to be had? We take a closer look.

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Carrying excess fat around the waist is associated with various health risks. But why is belly fat so dangerous? And what are the different ways to lose it?

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

Here’s what to expect in the weeks following your operation, with advice from our Consultant General Surgeon Mr Simon Radley.Read more

BMI Healthcare’s Clinical Lead Physiologist, Colin Thomas, offers his advice on the best foods to fuel you before the big race.Read more

Find out about the different types of hernias and how to treat them, with advice from our Consultant Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon.Read more