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Fabafterfifty: Health

We all want to lead healthy fabulous lives, but we do recognise that as we reach  50 we have to deal with Health issues specific to our age group, starting with the ‘M’ word.

We will  be covering over 50 health topics such as osteoporosis, breast cancer, thyroid issues etc.

With the help of our ‘experts’, Dr Carol Cooper and Dr Marilyn Glenville, we will bring you information to help better understand the health issues faced post 50 and learn about the latest options to deal with them, using both medical and natural therapies.

  1. Antibiotics: How can we reduce our personal use?

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). With international calls to cut down on the over-use of antibiotics, how can we reduce our personal dependence on them? Antibiotics are life-savers when used appropriately and when essential.  However, their capacity to save lives has been endangered by the emergence of an antibiotic-resistance crisis for humans. What has contributed to the crisis is not only the over-prescription of antibiotics as a first resort medicine, but by the routine mass-medication of farm animals to compensate for the fact that animals are kept in intensive conditions where risk of disease runs high. Natural health practitioners believe that the use of antibiotics should be sparing and in conjunction with other measures to mitigate their adverse effects.  This is because antibiotics come with negative effects on the gut which can...
  2. MediRead – Medical Bracelets with a Difference

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    Article by Ram Venkataraman Medical bracelets have been around for years, even decades. The basic idea is that, in emergency situations when the person is unable to communicate effectively, the bracelet can provide key information to paramedics and doctors that is potentially life-saving. As such, medical bracelets can provide some peace of mind to the wearers and their family members. MediRead, a recently launched medical bracelet, provides a clever and low-cost alternative to more traditional forms. It works in conjunction with a free Android app of the same name which is used to read and update the user’s information on the bracelet. All that is required is for someone in the medical team to have an NFC-enabled Android phone, which are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Paramedics and doctors simply need to scan the...
  3. 7 ways to have a healthier relationship with food

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    Is your Instagram feed swamped with images of delicious foods, ranging from brownies to smoothie bowls, signalling mixed messages to your tastebuds on what you fancy? Let alone what your conscience is telling you to eat, after being bombarded with the latest celebrity bikini pictures. Here are top tips to help you have healthier relationship with food, as opposed to constantly counting calories and obsessively thinking about what you’re putting into your body.   Don’t label your foods For a healthy relationship with food, start by not associating them with being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ “People talk about themselves in terms of being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ according to how habitually they eat or drink things, or whether they snack.  ‘I’ve been bad today’, might mean someone has had a chocolate bar or muffin with their...
  4. Is Sitting the New Smoking?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon According to Dr Sara Gottfried , author of the book Younger, in which she details her 7 week programme to help us change the way in which we age,  sitting increases our risk of heart disease and diabetes.  Sitting for too long weakens our abdominal muscles,  raises the incidence of weak bones, leads to overall muscle decline , hormone problems and bad circulation . Phew!  After reading that list it definitely motivated me to move more! I wrote an initial review of Younger last week, but as I continue through the 7 week programme I appreciate just how much the way in which we age is within our own control. There are simple things we can do today which can really impact our...
  5. Top health tips to help you feel fabulous at fifty

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    By Liz McPherson, Boots Pharmacist Sponsored post New research reveals 4 in 5 (82%) women approaching their fiftieth birthday are winding up, not down as they reach this landmark age. Whether they’re travelling the world, following career aspirations or taking on charity work, women at fifty are feeling younger than ever before.   As a 55 year-old Boots Pharmacist with no plans to slow down, I’m using my personal and professional experience to offer my top tips for staying healthy – for any of you approaching your big birthday (and beyond!). Our mission at Boots UK is to raise the health and happiness of the nation, so I hope my health and lifestyle advice will give you some knowledge, tools and confidence to help your bodies keep up with your...
  6. Why is Vitamin D so important?

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton News out today stresses the importance of Vitamin D in preventing as many as 3.2 million colds and flu in the UK each year. So health expert and NHS weight loss consultant, Dr Sally Norton, is offering a load down on this valuable vitamin Up to 10 million Brits are simply not getting enough sunlight to make the right levels of Vitamin D. That’s about 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children. There are certain groups of people in particular that are more at risk and the risk is greatest between October to April when the sun isn’t out very often. What has the sun got to do with it? Well, quite a lot! We don’t get much vitamin D from foods –...
  7. Midlife Career: Returning to work with confidence

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    by clinical psychologist Deborah Golend   Life’s experiences can knock our confidence. Difficult times such as bereavements often make us feel more vulnerable and uncertain. But adapting to positive life stages can be just as hard. For women returning to work after raising a family or wanting a career change as their kids have fled the nest, confidence can be a particularly challenging issue. Many women talk about ‘brain fog’ during the early years of parenthood but, whether we have had children or not, a new ‘brain fog’ often descends as the menopause hits. At a time when women often have more time available to pursue new business ventures, the menopause can wreak havoc on our confidence and reduce our ability to forge ahead with these plans. Why does confidence...
  8. 10 outside the box weight loss tricks

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    Struggling to keep up your strict diet and exercise regime to help you squeeze back into your favourite jeans? Don’t stress, with January coming to and end, many of us may be lacking motivation and wearing our gym trainers less and less. To avoid the usual ‘cut down on your portion size’ and make sure you ‘exercise more’…we have asked our experts for weight loss tricks to help get us back on track.   Decrease your waistline with vitamin D Did you know that the sunshine supplement, Vitamin D, could be linked to weight loss in obese and overweight people who are deficient in this nutrient? This is according to research conducted by Dr. Luisella Vigna of the University of Milan. Dr. Louis Levy, Head of Nutrition Science at Public Health England confirms,...
  9. Nutrition to help you cut back on booze!

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    Article by Adam Greer for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). After the excesses of the festive holidays, many people’s New Year’s resolution is to reduce their alcohol consumption.  We know that alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors for developing conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.  It even affects the basic way our brain functions. So what makes us drink it? The reason for alcohol’s feel-good factor is found in some of the brain’s messenger chemicals, known as neurotransmitters. Just as an example, Dopamine – our reward and motivation chemical, is increased threefold by alcohol, giving us a burst of pleasure, but we quickly develop a tolerance to it, so we end up needing more to get the same ‘hit’.  Similarly, our ‘happy’ chemical, serotonin, is increased in...
  10. Do you feel tired all the time? Nutritionist reveals 6 healthy choices to improve your ‘get up and go’

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    Article by Cassandra Barns There can be many reasons for feeling tired, with the most obvious being lack of sleep! But what you eat and drink can also be important. The ‘right’ choices will provide slow-releasing energy, as well as all the necessary nutrients to help your body convert that food to energy. Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns reveals 6 healthy choices you can make to improve your ‘get up and go’! Whole grain oats If you start the day with a sugary breakfast cereal, toast or croissant, your energy is probably taking a nosedive by about 11am. Try swapping them for whole grain oats: as an unprocessed whole grain, they’re higher in fibre and break down more slowly, providing sustained energy. They’re also a natural source of energy-producing vitamins and minerals such...
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