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  1. What's your BMI?

    Use the BMI calculator to find out if you or your child's weight is healthy. This article covers: Your BMI result Ethnicity and diabetes Your waist size Children's BMI BMI limitations A body mass index (BMI) above the healthy weight range or too much fat around your waist can increase…
  2. Vagina changes after childbirth

    The vagina naturally changes after giving birth, and might feel wider, dry or sore for some time. Find out what to expect and the ways you can help speed up recovery. When you give birth, the baby travels through the cervix and out through the…
  3. Advice for new kidney patients

    Kidney disease often has no symptoms, so diagnosis can be a shock. You may worry that your kidney disease will worsen and you'll end up on dialysis. In fact, the outlook in most cases is more reassuring. Kidney disease is common and usually stable (not going to get worse). Fewer than 1…
  4. Cold or flu?

    Flu is not a "bad cold". Each year, thousands of people die of complications after catching the flu. Find out how colds and flu differ. Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (cough, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much…
  5. Keeping your kidneys healthy

    Kidneys are vital to your overall health, so it's important to look after them. Five simple lifestyle steps can help you keep them in good shape. Stay hydrated Drinking plenty of fluid will help your kidneys function properly. Your urine should be straw-coloured. If it's…
  6. Kidney problems

    The number of people with serious kidney problems, such as kidney disease and kidney cancer, is increasing. Kidneys are vital organs that remove excess water and cleanse the blood of toxins. When the kidneys fail, waste products and fluid build up in the body, making you feel unwell,…
  7. Diet danger zones

    Temptation is never far away when you're trying to lose weight. But if you plan ahead and maintain a flexible attitude, diet danger zones don't need to stop you achieving your target. It's the moment someone trying to lose weight dreads: your friends are heading for a…
  8. How to diet

    Low carb, the 5:2 diet, detox, cabbage soup ... there is no shortage of novelty diet programmes promising to help you lose weight fast. The big question is, do they work? Most do lead to fast - sometimes dramatic - weight loss, but only for the pounds…
  9. Start the NHS weight loss plan

    Use the panel above to download the NHS weight loss guide, our popular, free 12-week diet and exercise plan. The plan, which has been downloaded more than 4 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely - and keep it off. Weight loss plan features promotes safe and sustainable weight loss learn to…
  10. How to stay motivated

    More tips from real-life slimmers Keep a photo diary From Carrie Sorrell, 20, from Hertfordshire. Lost 28kg (four and a half stone). "I asked my partner to take photographs of me in my underwear and kept a photo diary. It meant I could see what…
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