Not in the mood for sex? Suffering joint pain? You could be on the brink of the MENOPAUSE: Doctor reveals the 10 signs every woman should be aware of...

The 10 signs of MENOPAUSE every woman should be aware of

Perimenopause, is the natural transition period women go through before the menopause. It is a natural step in a woman's body towards permanent infertility. The average age of menopause in the UK is around 52 but perimenopause can start at different ages. Some women notice changes in their early 40s, and occasionally in their mid 30s. This is due to female hormone changes, mainly oestrogen, rising and falling unevenly. Here, London-based GP Deyo Famuboni reveals the 10 signs you could be experiencing perimenopause.

Go to bed naked, ditch the evening cigarette and eat bananas: 20 surprising ways to get a better night's sleep

With the increase of everyday distractions, getting some decent shut-eye can be more troublesome than expected. Here are FEMAIL's top 20 tips to getting a better night's rest.

Sugar, not laziness, makes us fat: Poor diet responsible for more disease than lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol combined, say doctors

Doctors said poor diet was now recognised as being responsible for more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined. Obesity has rocketed in the past 30 years.

Is this the daftest and most dangerous fashion trend yet? How girls as young as 16 are risking their health in agonisingly tight corsets in a bid to copy celebrities 

While preparing to take ten GCSEs this summer at one of Britain's most elite girls' schools, Gabriella, from Godstone, Surrey, is wearing a tight corset in an attempt to whittle down her already tiny waist.

'I attack my own face': Woman suffering from rare psychosomatic condition spends several HOURS a day obsessively picking at her pores and squeezing her spots

New York-based writer Jenna Marotta, 27, suffers from a psychosomatic disorder that makes her obsessively pick at her skin, a time-consuming habit that often leaves her face bloody.

Diet Pepsi drops controversial sweetener aspartame after customer concerns about safety

PepsiCo has confirmed will now use sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda, in US products. Despite repeated fears over aspartame, the FDA says it is safe.

Writer who simply replaced pasta with spiralized vegetables loses 2st in just three MONTHS

Ali Malfucci replaced pasta with spiralized vegetables and lost 2st in three MONTHS

Ali Maffucci, 28, from New York, lost 11 kg, (24 lbs) in three months by replacing pasta, rice, and bread with spiralized vegetables (she is pictured, left and right, before and after her weight loss). She went from a size 12/14 to a size 8/10 (pictured centre). Before changing her diet she said she felt tired and lethargic, but now she feels happier and more energized than ever. She said: 'My focus during the days is so much stronger now too. Without that old laziness anymore I get so much more done now.'

How safe are the prawns YOU'RE eating? Farmed shrimp found to contain traces of E.coli, MRSA and salmonella

Experts at Consumer Reports tested 342 packages of frozen prawns from farms in Thailand, India and Indonesia. They found 60 per cent were found with traces of harmful bacteria.

Letting your baby nap in a car seat, swing or bouncer could be deadly, experts warn 

Researchers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center warned babies put to sleep in car seats, slings, swings and bouncers were at risk of death via strangulation from straps or suffocation.

HRT raises breast cancer risk up to EIGHT years after women stop taking it, scientists warn 

New findings from the Women's Health Initiative in Seattle, have shown women taking combined HRT of oestrogen and progesterone have an increased risk years after stopping treatment.

Is Bikram yoga safe? Experts warn it raises body temperatures and heart rate to 'dangerous levels'

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse found the body temperature of some class participants reached 40°C/105°F putting them at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The starvation diet that can REVERSE type two diabetes: How dramatic weight-loss could lower blood-sugar levels

Participants lost an average of 2st 5lb. At a follow-up scan, they had all regained about half a stone but most still had normal blood-sugar levels despite eating normal food again.

Woman 'desperate to be normal again' after botched boob job abroad left her with a breast that 'looks like a croissant'

Gloucestershire woman 'desperate to be normal again' after botched boob job

Alison, 43, from Gloucestershire was left with an imploded breast that looked 'like a croissant' (bottom left) after she succumbed to a severe infection following breast augmentation surgery six years ago. Since the botched operation, she has had 12 further surgeries, none of which have managed to fix the damage. Now she has appeared on reality show Extreme Beauty Disasters in the hope surgeon Vik Vijh (top right) will be able to fix the mess.

How to keep your crown jewels safe: The things you should look out for and why you should check them once a month 

Men should get used to checking their testicles once a month, a testicular cancer survivor has said, preferably after a shower. It's a focus that young men especially find uncomfortable.

How to beat men's problems: Why men MUST seek help if their love life's falling flat 

Around 40 per cent of men over 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction and while the cause may be psychological, it's important to get treatment as it is 'very often' a warning sign of serious health problems.

'Now I know he loves me': Forty-seven stone woman reveals how her husband STOPPED her from losing weight... over fears she would leave him if she slimmed

47stone Bettie Jo woman reveals how her husband STOPPED her losing weight

Bettie Jo, from Houston, Texas, tipped the scales at 47 stone (660lbs) but found it difficult to lose weight without the support of her husband Josh, she reveals on tonight's My 600lb Life on TLC. The 24-year-old (right) was housebound and unable to tend to her own needs and lived off a diet of fried chicken. Bettie Jo, who now weighs 35st 8lbs (500lbs) thanks to surgery, reveals on the show that Josh (pictured with her left) had become her 'caretaker' - helping her go to the toilet and into the shower, and putting powder between her rolls of flesh afterwards to stop her skin from chafing.

Teacher whose decayed teeth were reduced to 'apple cores' wins £30,000 in damages from his former dentist

Kevin Bowes, 53, from Guisborough in North Yorkshire lost several teeth, had four avoidable root canal treatments and five avoidable crowns at the hands of dentist Dr Nicholas Crees.

Anxiety is 'catching' and can be passed on to children, scientists warn over-protective parents 

Although scientists have long known that anxiety runs within families, the attitudes of over-anxious parents strongly affect their children's behaviour, say the researchers at King's College London.

Too much time indoors damages children's eyes: Lack of natural sunlight causing problems in the young

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In China, where four in five teens are shortsighted, some schools are using translucent classrooms to expose children to more sunlight, after research showed it helped combat the condition.

How to beat men's problems: Cancer ops don't have to ruin your sex life 

The good news is there have been significant advances over the past decade in treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer, says Professor Roger Kirby, who is one of the world's leading prostate surgeons.

The woman who's allergic to her husband's kisses: Rare condition means contact with his saliva triggers agonising HIVES

Kerrie Armitage's condition means contact with his saliva triggers HIVES

Kerrie Armitage, 28, from Leeds, suffers from the ultra-rare condition aquagenic urticaria - an allergy to water. She was diagnosed two years ago after her skin erupted in agonising blisters (right) when she got caught in a rain storm. Now the 28-year-old has had to stop kissing her husband Peter (inset) - because the saliva on his lips can trigger a painful flare-up. She said: 'Because his lips are wet, the saliva can make me react. He's got to make sure his lips are dry before he gave me a kiss. It's not every time - I can do the same thing time and time again and not react, but then I'll do it once more and get a flare-up.' Her condition has become so bad that her hugging her children can trigger an episode, as their body heat makes her sweat - and she has trained herself not to cry.

Malaria vaccine that will prevent millions of young children catching disease could be available within months after trial results find it reduces number of cases by half

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The drug, known as RTS,S, has been developed by British firm GlaxoSmithKline over 30 years, and tests show that it could prevent millions of cases of the disease in very young children.

Is it safe to use last year's suncream? From fake tan to mosquito repellent, experts reveal the summer essentials you can store for years

From sun cream and after-sun to mosquito repellent, bite cream and fake tan - Alice Smellie asks the experts which products we can use year after year, and which ones we'll need to restock each summer.

Depression is NOT caused by low serotonin levels and most drugs used to treat it are based on a myth, psychiatrist claims

Writing in the BMJ, Professor David Healy, a psychiatrist in Bangor, North Wales, claims the idea that SSRIs can correct a chemical imbalance and treat depression is a fallacy.

'Did my son eat himself to death?': Mother's heartbreak as 'lonely' obese teenager dies at just 18 - after years of gorging on junk food and playing computer games

Shaun Appleby's mother's heartbreak as obese teenager dies at just 18

Shaun Appleby's heartbroken mother Satish said her son's lifestyle should be a warning to others. The teenager, from North Tyneside, died aged just 18 after years of gorging on junk food and sitting at his computer for up to 10 hours a day. Over the years his weight peaked at nearly 20st. But five years later, just as he began to shed the weight, he was found dead in his bed. A coroner recorded Shaun's death as being due to sudden adult death, noting he was also obese. Research has shown that excess weight increases the risk of sudden cardiac death, as does type 2 diabetes, which is related to obesity. Today his heartbroken mother said: 'My message is for children to get out more, meet other kids, get more fresh air and get off their computers. It's not healthy to be on a computer for hours and hours every day. If this saves one child then Shaun's death is not wasted. No parent should be going through what I am.'

The terrifying truth about the deadly diet pills containing DNP: Capsules are made from chemicals used in war weapons and pesticides, scientist reveals

Dr Simon Cotton, a senior lecturer in chemistry at the University of Birmingham said DNP is highly toxic. Eloise Parry (pictured), died after DNP pills made her 'burn up from the inside'.

Dr Pimple Popper will see you now! Meet the dermatologist whose videos of ruptured zits and cysts have turned her into a YouTube star 

Dr Sandra Lee, from Upland, California, has nearly 60,000 people subscribing her YouTube channel, in which she posts videos of herself extracting her patients' pimples and cysts.

The student with a 'TWIN' growing inside her head: Surgeons extracting 26-year-old's 'brain tumour' discover embryonic growth with bone, hair and teeth

Surgeons extracting Yamini Karanam's 'brain tumour' discover embryonic growth

Yamini Karanam, 26, has dubbed the tumour, circled inset, her 'evil twin sister', adding 'she's been torturing me for the past 26 years'. She underwent surgery at the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles to remove a mass, initially diagnosed as a pineal brain tumour. But Dr Hrayr Shahinian, the expert operating on Miss Karanam, discovered the growth was in fact an embryonic twin, complete with bone, hair and teeth. Known by its medical name, a brain teratoma, the tumours are very rare. Indeed, Dr Shahinian, who has removed around 7,000 brain tumours has seen just two teratomas in his career.

Women like Angelina Jolie who carry the BRCA1 gene are less likely to die from breast cancer if they have their OVARIES removed

Scientists at the Women's College Research Institute in Toronto found the procedure, known by the medical term oophorectomy, was linked to a 62 per cent reduction in deaths from breast cancer.

The six foods you should add to your diet NOW to help prevent heart attack, cancer and stroke

Weight-loss expert, Dr Sally Norton, reveals how cherries, avocados, cranberries, blueberries, pumpkin and chia seeds are a 'power-house of nutritional value' helping boost your health.

The GP with 4,300 patients: Doctor single-handedly caring for thousands after his partners retire says he fears for patient safety

Dr Arfon Williams is now the sole GP covering two rural practices in North Wales after his last partner retired in March. He has warned it will be difficult to provide a 'safe service' for his 4,300 patients.

Cancer patient has his tongue re-built using skin from his ARM (which still had hair on it)

Surgeons at the Royal Derby Hospital had to cut into the jaw of David Billings, 48, and use skin tissue from his arm to rebuild his tongue.

Heartbreaking and horrifying images of West African communities torn apart by deadly Ebola virus take top prize at this year's Sony World Photography Awards

Images of Ebola outbreak take top prize at Sony World Photography Awards

A series of images showing the heartbreak, brutality and horror of the Ebola virus as it tore through West African communities (pictured left) has taken the top prize at the world's largest international photography competition. The Sony World Photography Award winners were announced at a gala in London last night, where dozens of stunning photographs showcased people, communities and landscapes from around the world. Pictured top right is a pyrograph on Mount Kenya, while bottom right is a group of children playing football in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Argentina.

Obese mother whose boozy lifestyle saw her balloon to a size 24 ditches takeaways to lose EIGHT STONE... after a stranger asked if she was pregnant

Lizzi Crawford, 32, from Stoke-on-Trent, tipped the scales at 20 stone when she overheard the young bus passenger ask his mum: 'Has she got a baby in her belly?'

Horror as boy, 10, suffers cardiac arrest in the school playground due to undiagnosed heart condition

Koby Hodder, 10, of Doncaster, suffered a cardiac arrest after playing a game of British Bulldog in his break. He was found to have the same heart condition as footballer Fabrice Muamba.

Major asthma breakthrough as scientists discover root cause of the condition - and say a new treatment is less than 5 years away

Cardiff University scientists have found a protein within the airways which they believe triggers all asthma attacks. And remarkably, a drug already exists which they think could deactivate it.

Webcam model uses her EIGHT FOOT belly to find love... and she claims she had her pick of doctors, lawyers and bodybuilders

Gayla Neufeld, from Texas, said she uses her large size to entice men from around the world, including latest hubby, Lance, who she now lives with in Manitoba, Canada.

Tragic Teddy, the baby who became Britain's youngest ever organ donor: Parents tell of heartbreaking decision to donate kidneys and heart valves of their 'hero' twin son who lived for only 100 minutes

Parent's of Teddy Houlston, Britain's youngest ever organ donor Teddy, tell all

Tiny Teddy Houlston (pictured left with his mother) was alive for less than two hours before he died on April 22 last year. His parents Jess Evans, 28, and Mike Houlston, 30, from Cardiff, were told during the pregnancy that he suffered from rare brain condition anencephaly - which stops the brain and spine developing properly - but were determined that his life would not be wasted. Despite their heartbreak over the loss of their son, the couple allowed medics to carry out pioneering surgery on their baby so he could go on to save the of an adult man, 233 miles away in Leeds, who was suffering from renal failure. They managed to spend a few precious hours with Teddy before his death, during which he was reunited with his twin Noah outside the womb (right). The parents, who were childhood sweethearts, said that their son 'lived and died a hero'. Teddy's twin Noah is now a healthy one-year-old living at home with his parents and his sister Billie, three (pictured together inset). The family have shared Teddy's story in the hope people will donate to the charity, 2 Wish Upon A Star, which aims to improve bereavement services for parents who lose babies or young children.

Are you a victim of HIDDEN hearing loss? If you listen to the radio at maximum volume or lip reading you're probably suffering from the silent epidemic

Hearing loss affects around 10 million people, but that is set to rise dramatically to 14.5 million by 2031, according to Action on Hearing Loss, formerly the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.

Can't hear? It may be down to grinding your teeth or problems with your kidneys

Grinding or clenching the teeth can cause problems with the jaw joint, putting stress on the muscles and making them inflamed. It can also cause loss of hearing in one or both ears.

Do YOU always get bitten by mosquitoes? Blame your parents: Being attractive to bugs is genetic, scientists say

Whether or not a person has body odour that is attractive to mosquitoes is strongly influenced by genetics, scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found.

Warning to dog owners over the ticks that can wreck lives: Many are unaware their pets can transmit potentially deadly Lyme disease to them, say vets 

Vets are urging pet owners to check their animals for the pests, as a poll found half did not realise ticks can transmit deadly diseases to humans. The move is part of The Big Tick Project.

Farmer is found to have hundreds of coins and nails in his STOMACH after swallowing them because he was 'depressed'

Indian man has hundreds of coins and nails removed from his stomach

Rajpal Singh, 34, from Bathinda in India's western state of Punjab, went to many different medical centres complaining of a stomach ache, but doctors were baffled as to the cause. Finally, an X-ray revealed a mass of foreign objects in his stomach (the scan is pictured top right, and some of the coins he swallowed, bottom right). Mr Singh had sunk into a depression and began eating metal objects including coins, iron nails, magnets, nuts and bolts and screws. Doctors carried out a nine-hour operation to remove the metal from his stomach (left is an image revealing the objects, taken from a camera put down his throat into his stomach), but he will still need another procedure as they couldn't get it all out in one go.

How a demanding job could help you fight dementia: People with 'greater mental reserves' live longer after being diagnosed

The Penn State University research adds to the theory that have long held that keeping your brain active - especially in later years - could be the best insurance against developing dementia.

Marijuana users may have 'false memories': Brain scans reveal how cannabis smokers can live in their own reality

Using neuroimaging, scientists in Barcelona discovered that the brains of heavy cannabis had a less active hippocampus - and area that stores memories - compared with the general population.

Personalised drugs could revolutionise the war on cancer: New treatment uses body's immune system to recognise, attack and kill off cancerous cells 

The German team which carried out the research found that early trials of the new technique 'profoundly retarded' tumour growth in mice, with survival rates boosted by more than 50 per cent.

Scientists genetically modify human embryos for the first time: Controversial technique could lead to designer babies

Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzho, China, tried to modify the gene responsible for -thalassaemia, a potentially deadly blood disorder, using a method known as CRISPR.

Father, 31, told his six-month cough was 'harmless' FIVE TIMES is now dying from lung cancer - despite not being a smoker

Father dying from lung cancer was told cough was 'harmless' FIVE TIMES

Chris Rowe, from Gloucester, was repeatedly told by doctors he was suffering a simple virus. He has since been diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer that has spread to his liver and bones. The 31-year-old has been told his cancer is inoperable and has undergone gruelling rounds of chemotherapy in a bid to prolong his life so he can create memories with his young family. His wife, Kate, 28, is currently pregnant and due to give birth in June - they also have a three-year-old daughter called Sophia. He hopes that by sharing his story that others look out for the symptoms of lung cancer.

Is it fair to deny fat patients and smokers surgery on the NHS? Joint replacements and IVF could be rationed to save money

More than a third of health trusts are considering rationing some types of surgery to save money. Obese patients may be denied knee and hip replacements while smokers could be banned IVF.

The man with the giant kidneys: Each organ grew to size of a newborn baby due to incurable, genetic disease

The man, who was treated at a hospital in Delhi, was suffering from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, a genetic condition that caused his organs to grow to 20 times their normal size.

Should children be allowed teddy bears in hospital? Soft toys 'harbour germs putting youngsters at risk of infection'

Scientists at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, advise parents and carers to wash and sterilise their children's soft toys and comfort items before they are admitted to hospital to reduce the risk.

Taking too many vitamins pills 'increases risk of heart disease and cancer', study warns

Exceeding the recommended daily amount of vitamins is actually harmful to health, said Dr Tim Bryers, of the University of Colorado Cancer Centre.

The woman who lost total control of her body - while driving a car: Terrifying brain condition means mother, 40, is now incontinent and unable to walk

Brain condition means mother is incontinent and unable to walk

Samantha Rawcliffe, 40, from Morecambe, pictured left and top right with her husband Philip, was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder following the accident. It has left her confined to her home, and reliant on 32 drugs a day bottom right. She has since had to give up her job as a teaching assistant, and can no longer drive. She struggles to walk further than eight metres, and relies on a mobility scooter to get around. The 40-year-old spends most of her time confined to her home, and has to take 32 tablets each day to prevent choking fits and tremors. She said: 'I used to be the life and soul of the party and I've never been a miserable person but there is so much that I can't do and it's hard to take.'

Children 'should be BANNED from playing rugby at school': Researchers say one in EIGHT will suffer serious injury on the field

The Government wants rugby to be played more at school as part of plans to increase competitive sports and curb obesity but experts say the game poses an unnecessary health risk.

Can mercury fillings really poison you or is it just a scare story? Jameela Jamil is convinced they triggered her health issues

Jameela Jamil, 29, is convinced her teeth - or rather, the dental work done on them - triggered a host of health problems that plagued her for nearly seven years.

How a Hollywood film is helping dementia patients: Sufferers shown videos from loved ones to ease confusion in idea borrowed from 50 First Dates 

Residents at a care home in New York, are shown recordings from relatives each morning. In the 2004 film Adam Sandler uses the technique to remind Drew Barrymore who he is after she suffers a brain injury.

Baby born with flat head syndrome now has a special helmet to treat it - after his mother raised £2,000 in a DAY

Miles Roberts with flat head syndrome now has a special helmet to treat it

Kate Thomas, 24, of Sunderland, was told that her son Miles' flat head syndrome was cosmetic, and there was no treatment available on the NHS (she is pictured with her son, left, and he is pictured, right and inset). Worried, she visited a private clinic, who said the condition could cause blindness and facial disfigurements. So she decided to raise the £2,000 needed for a special helmet that would change the shape of Miles' head. She set up a GoFundMe page and hosted raffles in her local pub, raising the money in just a day. Miles will be fitted with a helmet later this month, and Mrs Thomas is delighted. She said: 'I'm delighted that he is finally getting his treatment and would again like to thank everyone who donated.I am stunned by everyone's generosity and can't believe that people would be so kind.'

The disgusting truth about dry shampoo: How over-using this bad hair day saviour can cause dandruff, scalp pimples and even CYSTS  

Dry shampoo is a staple in most women's beauty cabinets, but according to leading hair stylists it might be time to put the can down, with overuse leading to some some horrifying side effects.

There is NO link between MMR and autism - even in high-risk children, landmark study declares 

Numerous studies over the last 15 years have ruled out a link between the MMR vaccine and autism ©Joe Raedle (Getty/AFP/File)

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), are based on a study of 95,000 young people.

Grandmother left with horrific black hole and huge scar in her leg after tattoo became infected

Sally Lutkin left with black hole and scar in her leg after tattoo became infected

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Sally Lutkin, 49, of Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, decided to have a rose surrounded by her grandchildren's names tattooed on her leg, as a personal reminder of her loved ones (she is pictured, left). But her leg became red and swelled up, and she was in so much pain she couldn't walk. She was rushed to hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to stop the infection spreading to the bone. Instead of a lovely design, she was left with a gruesome black hole in the middle of her leg (right) and still has a scar 18 months later (inset). She has vowed never to have another tattoo again. She said: 'I'd had tattoos before but I'll never have one again. No one is laying their hands on me ever again after this.'

Nearly 70% of primary school children are unfit: Parents and schools MUST make sure children are active, experts warn

Fit For Sport, which runs holiday camps and after school clubs across the UK, said parents and schools must do more to increase children's activity levels to ensure they stay healthy.

Why being hairy can be good for you... whether you're a man OR a woman 

Singer Sir Tom Jones (KB 01/2006) exposes his hairy chest, he is wearing a crucifix.

This week, singer Miley Cyrus decided to challenge convention and leave her underarms unshaved. Here, with the help of experts, we explore why being hairy may be good for you.

Toxic 'diet pills' that killed Eloise can be bought on the web for just 70p: Unscrupulous dealers offering next-day delivery and 'try before you buy' samples 

The most recent victim of the chemical 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) is Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, pictured, from Shrewsbury. She bought it online to slim down - despite being a normal weight.

Wearing bikinis, taking selfies and having sex: Teen battling bowel disease blogs on living with an ostomy bag - and how it's made her MORE body confident

Blogger Haddie Gladwell with bowel disease speaks about life with an ostomy bag

Hattie Gladwell, 19, from West Sussex, was fitted with a stoma and bag to collect her body's waste, after undergoing major surgery for ulcerative colitis. Now she blogs about her experiences of living with the medical bag (pictured right), posting selfies (left) and sharing the challenges she's faced since surgery. The blogger has even opened up about being intimate with her boyfriend (inset), who has helped rebuild her confidence.

Why DOES your sight get worse with age? Experts give tips on prevention and treatment for four common problems

An estimated five million Britons are living with age-related eye conditions, such as glaucoma. We spoke to the experts to discover the latest on prevention and treatment for four common problems.

HOW TO BEAT EYE PROBLEMS: Eat these foods to boost your eyes (and no, we DON'T just mean carrots)

There is little doubt that good diet plays a key role in eye health. Here, Sian Porter, a consultant dietitian, identifies the most important foods to include in your diet, offering a great seven-day meal plan.

Diabetes drug could hold back Alzheimer's: 200 patients recruited for major trial that could transform way condition is treated 

More than 200 men and women in their 50s from across the country will be recruited for the year-long, £5million exercise, during which their brains will be scanned and their memory tested.

How to beat diabetes: Simple test to show if you need treatment

So you think you might be at risk of type 2 diabetes - what next? If you are in one of the at-risk groups you can ask your GP for a free annual blood-glucose test.

Is this Britain's FITTEST couple? Meet the partners who eat, sleep and train together every day... all after meeting on Instagram

Britain's FITTEST couple could be Ali Gordon and Lydia Millen

Ali Gordon, 26, and Lydia Millen, 27, from Milton Keynes, have been dating for two years after meeting via Instagram. Ali has been the driving force behind the overhaul, helping Lydia to ditch her bad lifestyle habits. Lydia, 27, explained: 'I was so unhealthy [before I met Ali]. I smoked up to 20 cigarettes a day, binge drank at weekends and my diet was just awful I didn't have a clue and was majorly under eating. I saw that Ali looked at his body a completely different way than I did and I almost felt a little jealous, I wanted to look at mine that way. So he started schooling me on training, nutrition and I fell in love with the lifestyle. I've now been smoke free for two years and I can't remember the last time I had a drink.'

Official - first NHS private hospital WAS stitched up: Watchdog that branded Hinchingbrooke 'inadequate' ignored checks that found huge improvements in standards

The health watchdog that damned the NHS's first privately run hospital ignored a spot check by its own inspectors that found huge improvements in standards at the Cambridgeshire site.

Nursing chiefs on £400,000 a year... as frontline staff endure pay freeze their bosses are hitting pay jackpot 

Health minister Jeremy Hunt, pictured, has vowed to investigate the payments where three senior nurses have received pay and pension packages of between £200,000 and £400,000.

Forget sports drinks, CHOCOLATE MILK is best after a workout: Beverage has 'all the nutrients the body needs to recover'

Chocolate milk, so long as it was a low fat brand, was the 'gold standard for a recovery beverage', scientists from Cornell University said after developing a formula for the best product.

Could YOGURT help beat depression? Probiotics 'reduce the negative thoughts that can spiral into mental illness'

People who ate probiotics found in live yogurt for a month were far less prone to rumination, the obsessive thinking that turns into depression, scientists from Leiden University found.

Thirty-eight stone man who wore a size XXXXXXXXL and was too obese to fit into a plane toilet loses half his bodyweight after taking up Zumba

Thirty-eight stone Middlesex man loses half his bodyweight after taking up Zumba

Tony Orrell, 56, from Feltham, Middlesex, reached 38 stone (left) by living off takeaways. After developing diabetes, Tony joined Slimming World and took up dancing - losing 21st in three years (right). At size XXXXXXXXL, Tony had to buy his clothes from specialist retailers online and was scared to sit on normal chairs. He vowed to shed the pounds alongside his wife Debbie, also 56, after he hit 38 stone and she tipped the scales at 18 stone.

Anorexia is an illness - NOT a lifestyle choice or something we can blame on skinny models, academic claims

Rachel Cole-Fletcher, of at Durham University, works with students investigating traits associated with anorexia risk. She says personality traits - rather than external factors - are to blame.

Two cups of coffee a day can HALVE the risk of breast cancer returning - and boosts drugs which stop tumours growing

Caffeine in coffee causes cancer cells to grow more slowly and die more frequently, and can boost the effects of the drug tamoxifen, researchers from Lundt University and Bristol University found.

Want to pass your exams? Put down the coffee! Pulling an all-nighter 'won't work' because sleep is vital to memory

Scientists at Brandeis University, Massachusetts believe that when memory neurons are activated and begin converting short-term memory to long-term , a person needs to sleep to remember what they've learned.

'It was his choice': Parents of five-year-old transgender boy share their son's transition story with the world to inspire other people to embrace their children's true identity

Parents of five-year-old transgender boy Jacob Lemay share their son's transition story

Five-year-old Jacob Lemay of Massachusetts was born a girl. After he insisted that he be treated as a boy since the age of two, his parents Joe and Mimi decided to let him transition. Now they hope to change the perception of transgender people.

Very young babies CAN feel pain and have a lower threshold than adults, say experts at Oxford

Crying newborn baby boy

Research by Oxford University doctors has found that tiny babies are more sensitive to pain than adults, which overturns the medical consensus that newborns have a high pain threshold.

Woman gets an earring lodged in her LUNG after it becomes trapped inside her asthma inhaler

The 41-year-old was rushed to hospital in Sydney after taking a puff on her inhaler and accidentally shooting an earring that had got inside the device into her right lung.

Cancer patient's giant tumour is 'completely destroyed' and 'dissolves' after doctors trial pioneering new drugs cocktail to treat melanoma

Cancer patient's giant tumour is 'completely destroyed' by pioneering new drugs

The 49-year-old cancer patient revealed how a large tumour underneath her left breast, pictured left, 'dissolved away', right, after a pioneering new drugs therapy. Doctors at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York have hailed their patient's recovery 'one of the most astonishing responses', ever seen. Scientists at the hospital have conducted a trial, treating patients diagnosed with advanced melanoma with a new type of treatment. They combined a standard drug already used, ipilimumab, with another, nivolumab. 'This is one of the most astonishing responses I have seen,' said medical oncologist Paul Chapman. 'It reminds us of the potential power of the immune system if we can remove the "brakes" that keep it from attacking cancer cells.'

Is pumpkin the new coconut oil? From making your skin glow to helping with menopause symptoms, Gwyneth Paltrow's favourite seed is bursting with health and beauty benefits

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  \n\nHOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: \n(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Reaping with beauty and health benefits, experts say it's time to replace coconut oil with pumpkin seed oil, which is being touted as the the new must-have.

'Devastating' health risks older fathers may pass to children 

Man tending child during stroller walk.

Research now suggests older fathers can affect baby's health. This increases the risk of epilepsy, autism and breast cancer.

Meditation is 'as effective as drugs for treating depression': Mindfulness could be offered as an alternative to antidepressants, study claims

A mindfulness course could be offered as an alternative to drugs, psychologists from Oxford University and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry said.

Trying to quit smoking? Those who use an e-cigarette EVERY day are 'more likely to succeed' - provided it's the right type

People who used 'tank' e-cigarettes - those that had refillable containers - were more likely to succeed than people who used 'cigalike' models which resemble cigarettes, researchers from King's College found.

Tragedy of student, 21, who died after accidentally taking lethal dose of diet pills she bought on the internet

Student Ella Parry dies after lethal dose of diet pill DNP from Internet

Eloise Parry, from Shrewsbury, 'burned up from the inside' after swallowing the highly-toxic substance known as Dinitrophenol or DNP. Her mother Fiona, 51, has now issued a stark warning about buying diet pills online. She said that her daughter never intended to take her own life, she just didn't understand the danger of taking an overdose of the slimming tablets.


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