4 Common Health Scares and how to face them without fear

Published on October 25, 2018

Think about some of the scariest movies you have ever seen – you know the ones, they make you hide behind your cushion, or even sleep with the lights on after you watch them.

What is it about those films that makes them so terrifying?

Is it the tension and fear as you wait for the bad guy to jump out of the darkness? Even though you know they aren’t real, not knowing what is coming next is pretty frightening – isn’t it?

“The fear of the unknown is greater than the fear itself”

Worries about our health are a bit like those classic horror movies – many of us worry about illnesses and health conditions but hiding behind a cushion won’t make them disappear.

In real life, it is much better to face our health scares head on – with knowledge, self-care and the appropriate treatment when it’s needed.

Kinetik products and devices are designed to help you independently take control of your health at home.  Regular checks for yourself and your family will improve your awareness of your health and wellbeing – which makes those health scares less fearful to think about.

We don’t want you to act like a damsel in distress and run into the villain’s clutches, so we have put together a few tips to help you face your Health Scares head on and send them packing!

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Hypertension is commonly referred to as the UK’s silent killer (how scary is that?) Because High Blood Pressure carries few visible symptoms, it can creep up on you without any warning.

The best way to maintain healthy blood pressure is by taking regular readings and reporting any changes to your GP.  Checks can easily be taken at home with a Kinetik Blood Pressure Monitor.

Help avoid this health scare by:

  • Taking regular exercise
  • Consume a healthy balanced diet
  • Cut down on salt intake
  • Stay hydrated

High Temperature

When your child is unwell it is natural to feel worried.  Keeping a thermometer in your medicine kit will help you to determine what treatment is needed to keep them as comfortable as possible and recover quickly.

Help avoid this health scare by:

  • Choose the right thermometer for your family – either non-contact or inner ear
  • Monitor the patient’s temperature at home with regular checks
  • Familiarise yourself with appropriate first aid advice for parents from our partners St John Ambulance

Diabetes

Over 5 million people in the UK are living with Diabetes and many of these people won’t have any visible symptoms.  The best way to monitor the condition is with regular checks of your blood glucose levels.  The medically approved Kinetik Blood Glucose Monitoring System is designed to help you monitor and manage your diabetes.

Help avoid this health scare by:

  • Consume a healthy, balanced diet to help stabilise blood glucose levels
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Take nutritional advice from the Diabetes UK Recipe Finder

Obesity

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK are classed as Obese.  Obesity can have a major impact on your overall health – it can lead to Hypertension and Diabetes – so it is a very real health scare for many people, of all ages.

An important factor in maintaining a healthy weight, is your level of activity and fitness.  An excellent way of motivating yourself to get fitter is by monitoring daily activity with an activity tracker.  You can also measure and manage weight with a set of scales at home.

Help avoid this health scare by:

  • Regularly taking moderate exercise – 30 minutes up to 5 times a week
  • Choose activities that you enjoy, that are suitable for your level of fitness
  • Try to move at least 10,000 steps per day, monitored with a wearable activity tracker
  • Consume a healthy balanced diet and stay hydrated when exercising
  • Monitor and log your weight loss at home

When it comes to any of these Health Scares there are 3 important rules:

  • Knowledge is power
  • Choose your weapon
  • Make smart choices

If you follow these rules, along with the rest of our helpful advice you can look forward to a much less scary time this Halloween – and beyond.