by Prime Health Partners on Female Health Checks
As the winter weather continues and cold temperatures look set to stay in London for a while yet, you may be thinking about how best to keep yourself healthy during the winter months.
Not only can the winter season mean an increase in illnesses like influenza and norovirus, as well as a rise in cases of Strep A in children, colder months can also bring their own set challenges, especially for those with existing health issues.
Those Most At Risk
People most at risk of illness during the cold weather are;
- People aged 65+
- Babies and Children under age 5
- Low income families (and those affected by the cost of living crisis, so cannot afford to heat their homes)
- People with long-term health condition
- People with a disability
- Pregnant women
- People who have a mental health condition
Staying Well In Winter
It’s important to take extra care of your health in the winter months. There are several things that you can do to make sure you stay healthy during this time.
Firstly, you should ensure that you and your family are up to date with vaccines (Flu vaccine & Covid boosters). Giving yourself the best protection from these viruses.
It is also important to try to keep warm by wearing several layers of clothing and using hot water bottles or electric blankets.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, it is important to keep taking any prescribed medication and to follow the instructions of your doctor.
You should also try to stay active during the winter, as this can help you boost your mood and improve your overall health. Wrapping up warm and going for a walk or doing some light exercise indoors is a great way to stay active without going outside in cold temperatures.
It’s also important to watch your diet, as eating healthy foods can help boost your immune system and give you the energy you need. Eating whole fruits and vegetables is a great way to get essential vitamins and minerals, while avoiding processed or sugary snacks, which can lead to other health problems.
Finally, make sure that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will help keep your body temperature regulated and prevent dehydration, which can be dangerous at any time of year!
Don’t Wait To See A Doctor
If you have an existing health condition or are in the at-risk category you should seek medical help as soon as you feel unwell.
While it is courageous to struggle through illness, the key to beating winter illness is treating them early, so don’t wait until your suffering before you get help.
Our expert GPs are available Monday – Saturday with extended evening appointments on Fridays. If you require a GP appointment, please get in touch today!