Keep warm, keep well.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in Health Topics

Keep warm, keep well.

Cold homes have a significant impact on people’s health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm.

 Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes,pneumonia and depression.

The chances of these problems are higher if you’re vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following:

  • you’re over 65
  • you’re on a low income (so can’t afford heating)
  • you have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
  • you are disabled

How to fight flu

Flu is a highly infectious illness that can spread rapidly. You may be eligible for a free flu jab if you’re at risk of complications from flu.

Find out if you can get the flu jab for free on the NHS.

Fuel poverty facts

In the UK, in the winter of 2012-13 there were 31,000 deaths linked to the cold weather.

Currently, there are 2.46 million households in England in fuel poverty. This is when a household is living below the poverty line and has higher than average energy bills.

Read more about fuel poverty from the Energy Bill Revolution.

Keep your home warm

  • If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C and make sure you wear enough clothes to stay warm. It’s a good idea to keep your bedroom at this temperature all night.
  • If you’re under 65 and healthy, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable.
  • You can also use a hot water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you’re in bed.

Eat well in winter

Food is a vital source of energy, which helps keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.

Wear warm clothes

Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.

Source: www.nhs.uk