Staying Healthy

As we get into the 60s and 70s, we become more vulnerable to a range of diseases and ailments. So, what steps can we take to stay fit and healthy in our later years?

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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Appearance

An important element of keeping healthy is your attitude. People who think positively will live longer than those who are negative, or those who succumb to depression.“Positive Thinking” is a start, but do you have an underlying concern about how you appear to others? Expressions like self-image and self-esteem come to mind, part of which …

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Nicotinamide Riboside

NAD

There’s a chemical in every cell of our body, that’s vital for processes within the cell and for cell-to-cell communication. It’s called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (abbreviated as NAD or NAD+). The problem for older people is that as we age, the levels of this important chemical decline. A study reported in “Antioxidants & Redox Signaling”, …

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DNA

For about £150 (or more) you can have your DNA analysed, and get a range of comment about what diseases and conditions you might be more susceptible to, compared with the average person. But what can you usefully do with the information, and is it worth bothering? The Tests The most widely publicised tests are …

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Positive Thinking

Back in 1953, Norman Vincent Peale published his best-selling book “The Power of Positive Thinking”. In it, among other benefits of following his advice:“You can attain a degree of health not hitherto known by you.”But is there real evidence that positive thinking can prevent disease and ailments? The Evidence In the book “Doctor You”, Oxford …

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Blue Zone

Blue Zones

According to Wikipedia: Blue Zones are regions of the world where it’s claimed that people live much longer than average. The term was coined by Dan Buettner, and first appeared in a 2005 National Geographic magazine story, “The Secrets of a Long Life”. Five regions have been identified as “Blue Zones”: • Sardinia, Italy: where …

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Blood Pressure

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says: High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. In 2017, nearly half a million deaths in the United States included hypertension (high blood pressure) as a primary or contributing cause. According to the National Health …

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Sleep

We often hear that sleep is important, but that leads to several questions: • How much sleep should we be getting? • What if we have less sleep than we should? • Can you have too much sleep? • Is an afternoon nap a good thing or a bad thing? The Harvard Medical School in …

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