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The doctors get into their stride on the streets of Manchester

The Street Doctors - Dr Jonty, Dr George, Dr Ayan and Dr Barbara - have stepped out of their surgeries and onto the streets to treat and cure the Great British public.

Hitting the streets of Manchester, Dr Jonty meets Sally who is concerned that she may be prone to diabetes, as a history of the illness runs in her family.

If you're concerned that you may have type 1 diabetes then look out for these signs: an increase in thirst, passing water more frequently, especially at night, day to day tiredness and recurrent fungal infections such as thrush. If you have any of these symptoms then see your GP for advice.

Doctors Barbara and Ayan visit a theatrical open day at Manchester's famous Royal Exchange and meet a patient concerned with what looks like a burst blood vessel in his eye. This may be an indicator of high blood pressure.

If you have high blood pressure, Dr Barbara advises: if you smoke stop, take regular exercise, watch your weight and eat a diet that's low in salt and alcohol.

At Manchester's most flamboyant cabaret club, staff and performers are preparing for the night ahead, but star performer David is hiding an unsightly secret under his skirt: varicose veins.

To ease varicose veins Dr Jonty recommends: avoid standing still for long periods, maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Compression stockings can help with discomfort but if you want to have a varicose vein removed then see your GP.

Related Links

Diabetes UK
Features practical pointers on managing the condition, with a teen zone aimed at younger sufferers.
Net Doctor - Type 1 diabetes
A well-indexed look at Type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent), including symptoms, ways to help yourself, and the role of insulin
Blood Pressure Association
Comprehensive advice, support and information about the silent killer, put together with the help of sufferers.

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Dr Barbara

Health Tips

from Dr Barbara

  • Take up a hobby, learn a new skill or try taking part in a sporting or group activity.
  • Use the stairs not the lift at work.
  • Eat fish at least twice a week.
  • Walk 20 minutes a day. Try to avoid using the car.
  • Reduce fat(approx 70g fat per day in average diet).

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