Diabetes

The most common form of diabetes is called Type 2 Diabetes, and whether or not you get this condition is largely under your control, ie. It is preventable.

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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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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Sugar

Sugar in its various forms is a part of our diet, and in moderate quantities provides some of the calories we need. However, the typical western diet includes far too much, and this leads to a range of problems, the most common of which are obesity and type 2 diabetes. The National Health Service says:“Eating …

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Coronavirus

All the evidence so far in 2020 and 2021, about the spread of coronavirus (“Covid-19”), is that older people with existing medical conditions are the most vulnerable to suffering and dying from this virus.That makes it all the more important to take what steps you can, to do something to lessen these conditions, and also …

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Kidney Disease

According to the National Health Service, chronic kidney disease is usually caused by other conditions that put a strain on the kidneys. Often it’s the result of a combination of different problems.• high blood pressure• diabetes• high cholesterol• kidney infections• kidney inflammation• polycystic kidney disease• blockages in the flow of urine• long-term, regular use of …

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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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Cholesterol

According to the Mayo Clinic in the US: Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. With high cholesterol, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it …

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Diabetes

The most common form of diabetes is called Type 2 Diabetes, and whether or not you get this condition is largely under your control, ie. It is preventable. So, this is what we’ll be focusing on here. FYI: Type 2 is ten times more common than the inherited form Type 1, which is something you …

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Habits for a longer healthier life

A study in the British Medical Journal, published 8 January 2020, provides more evidence that a healthy lifestyle can lead to more healthy years later in life. The study examined over 100,000 records of American nursing staff, over a period of 20 years. The conclusion was that: In terms of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, …

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Heart Disease

For many of us, heart disease is perhaps the number one threat in terms of healthy longevity. And the bad news is that often the first attack is fatal. The National Health Service says that “Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by …

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