Category Archives: age

Warm Weather? Grab the Sunscreen!

If, like us, you live in the UK, then you’re no stranger to a bit of rain, which means once the sun starts to reveal itself during the summer months we’re going for that sun-kissed tan! Over the coming months it’s important to reach for that sunscreen and apply it (repeatedly if you plan on being […]

Mediterranean diet prevents dementia

The so-called Mediterranean diet is crucial to fighting dementia, say a group of doctors on the first day of the G8 summit on dementia. Experts from the G8 countries are in London this week to plan fresh approaches to dementia. They have written a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt calling for the government to […]

Burden of the ageing population may have been overestimated

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh suggest that the increasingly ageing population won’t place as much strain on our health care resources as has been previously suspected. Apparently the number of older people who are dependent on taxpayer-funded health care has actually fallen over the past few decades. However, it does seem to depend on […]

Why you don’t have a slipped disc

“Have I got a slipped disc?” asks Mr Smith, shifting uncomfortably in his chair after describing his low back pain. How do I know the answer to this question is “no” before I’ve even examined him? Spinal discs don’t slip  Intervertebral discs are soft tissue structures that sit between the individual bones (vertebrae) in your spine. […]

The 5:2 diet and intermittent fasting

It seems that the internet is abuzz with reports that an easy to follow diet is an easy way to fat loss, and can significantly reduce your chances of developing several serious diseases including Alzheimer’s, cancer, and stroke. The “5:2 diet” was recently reported by Michael Mosley for the BBC, in the Horizon episode “Eat, […]

Falls prevention week

It’s “falls prevention week” in the UK. Many older people sustain injuries from falls, some of them very serious. But this isn’t inevitable: you can do plenty to help prevent falls, and the easiest thing to do is follow an exercise routine. So what makes an effective exercise routine? Well, firstly, it has to fit […]