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Reclaim your health this summer with Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s 4 Pillar Plan

Reclaim your health this summer with Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s 4 Pillar Plan

Forget those tired old New Year’s resolutions. The best time to reclaim your health is sunny summer when bright days outdoors, dreamy sunlit evenings and revitalising holidays are already putting a spring in your step.

And Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s 4 Pillar Plan promises to make it refreshingly easy. You simply make small, achievable changes to the way you eat, sleep, move and relax. It can help you lose weight, get fit and sleep better too - setting you up for good health for the rest of your life.

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Eat smart – for life

Eat right – for life

We often eat better over the summer – all those fresh salads and just-caught seafood – but Dr Rangan Chatterjee says we can use this time to reset the way we eat for better health long after the holiday’s over.

‘It’s tempting to believe that somewhere out there is the perfect diet and all we need to do to achieve perfect health is to find it,’ says Dr Chatterjee. ‘But I refuse to believe there’s One True Diet that’s optimal for everyone.’

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Get your best sleep this summer

Get your best sleep this summer

Heat, long evenings and holidays can interfere with sleep. But making shut-eye a priority can help you breeze through the warmer months, zinging with vitality. Dr Chatterjee shares his simple tips for super-sleep.

We all know how great we feel after a great night’s sleep. Unfortunately, few of us have the amount we need. ‘We’re in the middle of a sleep deprivation epidemic,’ says Dr Chatterjee. ‘Scientists from Oxford University have estimated we’re getting between one and two hours less per night than we did 60 years ago. This may not seem like much but in the context of an eight-hour sleep cycle, it represents a drop of 25 per cent.’

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Relax more and thrive

Relax more and thrive

With its carefree, relaxed vibe, summer is the perfect time to unwind and introduce more calm into your life. Here Dr Chatterjee offers easy and enjoyable interventions to help you reap the health benefits of deep relaxation.

Dr Chatterjee is passionate about transforming the nation’s health. And with Brits’ stress levels running out of control, he believes relaxation needs to be a top priority.

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Make this your summer of movement

Make this your summer of movement

The weather is in your favour and the great outdoors is at your disposal. Summer might just be the most inspiring time to make ‘move more’ your mantra, says Dr Rangan Chatterjee.

We all know we need to move more. Physical activity is essential for life. It keeps our heart and lungs fit, our muscles strong, our joints well oiled and our brains firing. Movement and exercise improve immune system functioning. They reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, regulate hormonal dysfunction, improve blood pressure and circulation and positively affect the composition of our gut microbiota. Yet according to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 50 per cent of women and 60 per cent of men in Europe and the US are sufficiently active.

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Testosterone on the decline?

What is testosterone?

The sex hormone that may be best known for its role in the male sex drive and physique has far more functions than that. Testosterone can play a major role in our health, for both men and women. In recent years, health care has noted an increase in the number of men suffering from testosterone deficiency. The reasons for this may be several and are not yet fully scientifically clear.

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Blood sugar, diabetes and dementia

Blood sugar, diabetes and dementia

As people live longer, the number of people who suffer from dementia is increasing. Cognitive function normally declines gradually as age increases, and the process is usually slow; affecting people relatively late in life. However, some people develop dementia much faster than expected and new research shows a relationship between high blood sugar and an increased risk of developing dementia later in life. The research also shows that high blood sugar not only increases the risk of dementia but may also accelerate the onset of the disease.

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What happens when you introduce the 4 Pillar Plan at work?

What happens when you introduce the 4 Pillar Plan at work?

Want to transform wellbeing and performance at work? Then try introducing the key principles of Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s 4 Pillar Plan. You could soon see wellbeing blossom and productivity boom.

The modern-day workplace is making people sick. Thanks to a toxic combination of taxing factors like long hours, lack of activity and loss of control, too many people are struggling to cope.

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Champion of preventative lifestyle medicine, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, joins Werlabs

Champion of preventative lifestyle medicine, Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Werlabs’s goal of improving people’s lifestyles and overall health enjoyed a major boost this month, as best-selling author and celebrated preventative health expert, Dr Rangan Chatterjee joined the team.

As chronic lifestyle related diseases in the UK, Dr Chatterjee is on a mission to help the UK public understand how they can improve their health. And he’ll be making sure regular blood testing and expert advice play a crucial role.

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What happens when you reward employees for sleeping?

What happens when you reward employees for sleeping?

As smart companies boost performance by investing in employees’ health and wellbeing, experts say it’s time we invested in sleep too. – Will Stoddart, CEO Werlabs

Clever companies already enhance performance by investing in their employees’ health and wellbeing, offering everything from onsite gyms to mindfulness sessions. Now sleep experts are saying you can transform the performance of your organisation, simply by helping your employees get enough sleep.

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It's all in vein

It's all in vein

Finger-prick blood tests are increasingly relied upon for quick results. Technological and clinical advances are enabling us to reap the benefits of the point-of-care blood analysis they provide. However, venous blood samples retain top position on the blood test podium. Their ability to consistently provide the most accurate and comprehensive blood tests cannot currently be rivalled.

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Vitamin D: to D or not to D

Vitamin D: to D or not to D

When was the last time you tested your vitamin D levels? Most are unaware if they have a surplus or deficiency, but suboptimal levels are more common than you might expect and a simple blood test could help you avoid many health problems.

Vitamin D helps control the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, helping your bones and teeth to stay healthy. The two major forms of vitamin D in humans are vitamin D3 and vitamin D2. The central source for people to get their vitamin D is to be exposed to sunlight. However, vitamin D can also be found in some foods, like oily fish and dairy products with vitamin D supplementation.

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The damaging relationship of Cardiovascular Disease and Prediabetes

Cardiovascular Disease vs. Prediabetes

Currently heart disease is alarmingly one of the world’s leading causes of death, although it has not always been this way. During the 1990s and 2000s the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and mortality rates moved from a relatively minor to a critical problem worldwide. Encouragingly, a major reduction in the burden of these diseases is possible with improvements in both healthcare and lifestyle changes, like diet and exercise.

Heart disease is a condition affected by both genetic and lifestyle factors. Until recently, many patients harboured the attitude that, since there are genetic links, there is nothing they could do about it. Research has shown this is incorrect. Studies have found a strong link between heart disease and other chronic conditions, like prediabetes. Research published in the BMJ looking at 1 million people over the course of ten years found prediabetes was associated with an increased risk of composite cardiovascular disease.

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Digital Health: increasing irrelevance with increasing precision?

Digital Health

We can measure a huge number of health ‘variables’ using tools that we carry in our pocket. This is often discussed in terms of a uniform good, with endless miracles projected into the future. In an era of ‘Big Data’, anything is possible.

Recently, Peter Thiel, the first investor in Facebook, stated that if you heard a company director speak the words ‘Big Data’ or ‘Cloud Computing’, then you should shout fraud and run away as fast as possible. The point he was making is that trends are often overrated – and this is especially evident when buzzwords are involved.

Digital Health, the marriage of digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare and society (according to Wikipedia) comes laden with many buzzwords: Health 2.0, eHealth, Health IT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Quantified Self, Telehealth/Telemedicine and Personalized Medicine.

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