In This issue

The entertainer - Breathe easy - Six steps to sun-safe skin - Eating disorders: how to spot the signs - Lethal reaction - Sweet dreams - Hay fever myths and truths - Action mum - Do you spend too much time sitting? - A man’s guide to STIs - Ways to stay health in your 60s and beyond

Editor’s letter

Did you take part in the British Heart Foundation’s annual chocolate abstinence marathon earlier this year? Held each March, the Dechox campaign raises much-needed funds for the charity. And it involves giving up chocolate for a whole month. We are, it seems, a nation of chocoholics. The Dechox campaign surveyed 2,000 adults in the UK and discovered more than a third of us eat chocolate in some shape or form with every meal of the day (yes, even breakfast). An earlier Dechox poll also found a quarter of workers say they can’t get through the working day without indulging their chocolate habit.

The problem is that chocolate contains sugar. And some of us are eating far too much of it. So in this issue of All About Health, we’re trying to help with a collection of low-sugar recipes from Diabetes UK (p26). So every now and then you can have your cake (plus, in this case, your coconut rice pudding) and eat it without worrying about the health consequences.

One thing nobody should give up at this time of year is their sunscreen. As summer approaches, it’s essential to make sure you’re prepared for hot, sunny weather. And having a stock of the correct type of sunscreen could save your skin from sunburn. Turn to page 12 for tips on choosing sunscreen as well as other ways to stay safe in the sun. Provided it arrives this year, that is.

Stay healthy,

Christine

In this issue:

Health and lifestyle

The entertainer
Justin Timberlake has come a long way since the early days in boy band NSYNC – despite his self-confessed obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Breathe easy
Every day, three families are affected by the death of a loved one to an asthma attack. Here are some of the ways to keep your asthma under control

Six steps to sun-safe skin
If your fingers are crossed for a hot summer, don’t forget to be prepared to protect your skin, whether you’re going abroad or staying at home

Eating disorders: how to spot the signs
Almost three-quarters of a million Brits have eating disorders. But would you know if someone close to you was affected by bulimia, anorexia or binge eating disorder?

Lethal reaction
What you should know about anaphylaxis, a severe (and potentially life-threatening) reaction

Sweet dreams
As a nation we’re eating too much sugar, say experts. So why not try these delicious low-sugar recipes from Diabetes UK to satisfy your sweet tooth?

Hay fever myths and truths
Hay fever is one of the most common allergic conditions – but do you know which facts are true and which are false?

Action mum
The fitter you are, the more benefits you should enjoy during your pregnancy (including being better prepared for the birth)

Do you spend too much time sitting?
Tips to increase everyday activity

A man’s guide to STIs
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don’t always have any symptoms, especially in men. Here are some of the things to be aware of

Plus our regulars…

  • Competition
  • Ask the pharmacist
  • Getting to know your pharmacist
  • Health news
  • Quiz
  • Beauty bonus
  • Later life
  • Men’s health news