Leighton Road Surgery, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
1 Leighton Road
Linslade
Leighton Buzzard
Beds LU7 1LB
Tel: 01525 372571
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Healthy Living

Healthy Living Advice

The nurses and Healthcare Assistants are happy to check your blood pressure, urine and weight as well as giving advice about diet, relaxation, mental health, exercise, smoking, alcohol and drug use. Blood tests can be arranged as advised by your GP.

Patients over 45 years of age are recommended to have their blood pressure measured every 5 years – we may periodically invite these patients to come to have this done or patients can book an appointment with our nursing team.

For more information on Healthy Living at every age visit NHS Choices Live Well website.

Activities for Health

The practice is part of the Activities for Health referral scheme with Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre. Individuals that would qualify for the scheme include those with:

  • Obesity/overweight
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Book a telephone consultation with a doctor to discuss.

Being Overweight can Damage your Health

What is a realistic weight goal?
If you have always been overweight, a realistic goal is to lose 5 to 10% of your current weight in around 6 months, and to keep it off for 2 or more years.

How can I lose weight?
The hardest part about losing weight is you have to stop dieting. Dieting means a temporary change in behaviour. You make the change, lose the weight, then stop the change and put the weight back on. If you want to lose weight you have to make changes that you can stick with almost all the time for the rest of your life.

If you are overweight, losing 5- 10% of your current weight can help improve your health in many ways

  • Lowering high blood pressure
  • Lowering blood sugar for people with diabetes
  • Lowering 'bad' cholesterol (LDL)
  • Raising 'good' cholesterol (HDL)
  • Reducing lower back and joint pain
  • Improving breathing ability

Family tendency
Inherited behaviours: as children. An example is 'eat everything on your plate'. Because as children we want to please our parents (or get pudding), we learned to eat everything on our plate, hungry or not. Now, as adults, we carry on that habit without thinking
about it.

Genetics: if your parents are overweight, you do not have to be overweight, but you do have more chance of being overweight than someone with slim parents. Very few people have genetic diseases that make them overweight.

You can ring 01234 363774 for advice.

Walking

"Walking is man's best medicine." - Hippocrates

Useful websites

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity

Leighton Buzzard Ramblers

Ivel Valley Walkers

Smoking Cessation

We are able to offer Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and Champix.

Quitters often need extra support to keep motivated and focused whilst leaving their life as a smoker behind.

Michelle our Nurse and Laurelin our Healthcare assistant can support you with this. Every smoker is unique. With support and  the right information, over the 12 week program you can quit!

We all know smoking is bad for you, but here are some facts which might surprise you:
  • Did you know that smoking is the biggest cause of death and illness in the UK.
  • More than 120,000 people die each year from smoking related illness
  • After 35 years of age, for each year you continue to smoke you lose about 3 months of life.
  • If you can stop before the age of 35, your risk of dying is not that different to those who never smoked.
To receive help, please download and complete this form and then return it to a receptionist.

Useful websites

No Smoking Day: Find out more about people like you ready to kick the habit.

ASH: Action on Smoking and Health

Smoking Cessation: NHS Choices Site 

Gosmokefree: This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.

Quitsmoking

Cycling Information

Whether for pleasure or work, your health or your wealth, set the wheels in motion ride a bike.

Go Cycle Leighton Linslade Website

Maps

Cycling in Leighton Linslade - A comprehensive town map of Leighton Linslade highlighting all the key cycling routes along with many suggested low traffic routes and all local footpaths.

Leisure Routes - 6 carefully selected leisure routes for a range of abilities from family through serious distance cyclists to the hardcore off-roader.