Get moving to lower your risk of chronic disease

Running on a lake

Beyond the well-known benefits of weight management and helping maintain strength, balance, and flexibility, regular exercise can also help reduce the occurrence of a host of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, breast cancer, and heart disease.

One study found that regular physical activity was associated with a risk reduction of 75% for breast cancer, 49% for cardiovascular and heart disease, 35% for diabetes, and 22% for colorectal cancer.[1] For people already suffering from a chronic condition, it’s also important to work up a sweat a few times a week because regular physical activity helps manage symptoms and improves overall health. Here’s how exercise can help in the prevention and management of some of the most common chronic conditions. Diabetes Research has shown that consistent physical activity, along with other healthy lifestyle habits (such as maintaining a healthful diet) can help Read more

The HI Profile: Dominic Howard, Best Doctors

Dominic Howard, Best Doctors Europe

Second medical opinions – helping individuals and businesses alike

The number of providers offering second medical opinion services in the UK is on the rise. Emily Perryman (from Health Insurance Daily, UK) spoke to Dominic Howard (pictured), director Europe at Best Doctors, about how the company aims to stay ahead of the competition.

Getting a second medical opinion in the UK has - until now - not been the norm, but a change in people’s mindsets and the advent of online self-diagnosis means it is a rapidly growing phenomenon. In the past couple of years several new companies have launched propositions, and the NHS even has a dedicated section on its website explaining how to get a second opinion. But the brand most associated with second medical opinions continues to be Best Doctors. Dominic Howard, the company’s director for Europe, says it has managed to fight off competition because it has been around for longer Read more

Best Doctors: A focus on CVDs and World Heart Day

Digital heart in the middle of a cardiograph

This coming 29th of September communities around the world will come together to celebrate World Heart Day. This international health day began in 2012 when world leaders united in a global effort to reduce mortality caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) of which cardiovascular disease (CVD) account for almost half of deaths, making CVD the world’s number one killer.

The World Health Federation highlights that CVD is the world’s leading cause of death, affecting 17.5 million people a year[1]. This represents for one third of all annual deaths on the planet. “Heart health is at the heart of all health” – World Heart Federation 80% of deaths caused by CVD occur in areas of the world with low or medium incomes[2] that do not have the financial resources to raise awareness about heart health or the medical means to handle the CVD burden in their population. The Best Doctors team strives to also contribute to helping individuals learn about lifestyle choices and Read more