Exercise

We all know that exercise is important, but what sort of exercise should we be doing to maintain our general health and fitness, and to avoid problems like back pain, and threats like diabetes?All sources agree that some form of regular exercise is important, and this should include short spells of vigorous exercise to get …

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Statins

According to the National Health Service, “Statins are a group of medicines that can help lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as ‘bad cholesterol’, and statins reduce the production of it inside the liver.Having a high level of LDL cholesterol is potentially dangerous, as …

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Benefits of Alcohol on Cognition

A study published in June 2020 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, produced what to many may be a startling conclusion.That low to moderate alcohol consumption can actually be beneficial.This is quite a separate issue from the widely accepted benefits of red wine, as it relates to alcohol itself, in whatever form consumed. …

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Coronavirus and Vitamin D

At May 2020, the press was starting to get news about a possible protective effect of Vitamin D on Coronavirus (aka Covid-19).Typical was this in WebMD.com: “Several groups of researchers from different countries have found that the sickest patients often have the lowest levels of vitamin D, and that countries with higher death rates had …

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Vitamin D

According to the National Health Service, Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults. Adults need 10 micrograms of vitamin D a …

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Legumes

Legumes are edible seeds or pods, such as black beans, chickpeas, peas, and even peanuts, that grow from certain plants. When dried they are often referred to as pulses. A Harvard article notes that they make a good exchange for red meat because they contain many of the same nutrients, but fewer of the drawbacks. …

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Blood Cancer

WebMD.com defines blood cancers as cancers that affect blood cells and bone marrow — the spongy tissue inside your bones where blood cells are made. These cancers change the way blood cells behave and how well they work.There are three major types of blood cancer: Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma,These cancers cause your bone marrow and …

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Arthritis

While not life-threatening, arthritis can be debilitating, and is a particularly common problem among the over 60s. The National Health Service states that “arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints.”There are …

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Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer is one of the major causes of death for the over 60s in the US and the UK. Cigarette smoking is well-known as the main cause, but is there more to it? According to Cancer Research UK:A person’s risk of developing cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk …

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Obesity

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines obesity as follows: “Weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese.” Obesity gets a special mention in 2020 as it’s been shown that it’s an underlying factor in the likelihood of death from …

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