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  1. Nine Steps to Improve Insulin Sensitivity

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    Article by Fleur Brown According to Diabetes UK, nearly 3.6 million people are living with Diabetes Type 2 in the UK. Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times and an urgent public health issue. Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes has more than doubled. If nothing changes, it is estimated that more than five million people in the UK will have diabetes within the next five years. Diabetes Type 2 is primarily a disease of insulin “resistance” when the cells become insensitive to the effects of insulin. Insulin is needed to facilitate the uptake of glucose into the cells but if your cells are...
  2. Tips on managing joint pain

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      Actor and Radio Presenter Larry Lamb made a splash when he entered I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here last winter, lasting 19 days in the harsh, humid Australian jungle. Larry even dove into the trials, winning fourteen stars for his fellow (very hungry) campmates. A few years ago Larry wouldn’t have thought that he’d be capable of life in the jungle. Years of wear and tear on his knees meant that even simple exercises like crouching and bending put him in agony. Larry recently starred in a short video from GOPO®, where he explains that just a few years ago he struggled with his busy work schedule due to the pain in his knees. He even admits that he would have struggled to even consider the jungle...
  3. Natural Ways to Prevent Varicose Veins

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    By Debbie Cotton for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Varicose veins are sore, raised, normally purplish coloured areas of blood vessels that occur most often on the legs. They form as a result of weak or faulty valves that are present within the veins, and the area becomes stagnated with blood, causing inflammation and further damage to the area. They are more common in people that have jobs in which they have to stand all day. The trouble with varicose veins is that once they have formed, they are quite tricky to make disappear, but what you can do is prevent them from forming or getting worse. If you are predisposed to prominent veins, it is a good idea to start a preventative treatment as soon as possible. Vitamin C is a...
  4. What is Lyme disease and how can you avoid it?

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    By Sally Wisbey for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that was first noticed in the 1970s in America as being spread to humans by infected ticks. It is now thought also to be spread by mosquitos and horse flies.  Already rife in America and Germany, Lyme disease is becoming an epidemic in the UK, where it is carried by ticks commonly found on deer, sheep, foxes, horses, cats, dogs, small mammals and birds.  People who live or work near woodland or countryside are at greater risk but the disease has spread to city parks and gardens. Pets can also carry infected ticks into the home. What are the symptoms to look out for? Because Lyme disease affects many organs of the body, it mimics other conditions such...
  5. Is it possible to live to be 120? Biological v chronological age. Part 3

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      Article by Ceri Wheeldon The third article in our series on longevity, and changes we can make to live longer and healthier lives. According to scientists , a 120 year life span is feasible for people being born today.  But if we live longer, what can we do to ensure our later years are healthy and productive?  This is the second in a three part series where  I  asked Yuri Medzinovsky, Director General of Longevity & Beauty Residence GLMED, and some of his medical colleagues about the prospects for extending lifespan to 120 years (and staying active and healthy as well) There is a lot of information  which is why I have split the answers into three separate posts to make it a little easier to digest. Part one covered ...
  6. Is it possible to live to be 120? The role of telomeres and peptides in longevity . Part 2

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon According to scientists , a 120 year life span is feasible, not for our generation, but  for people being born today.  But if we live longer, what can we do to ensure our later years are healthy and productive?  This is the second in a three part series where  I  asked Yuri Medzinovsky, Director General of Longevity & Beauty Residence GLMED, and some of his medical colleagues about the prospects for extending lifespan to 120 years (and staying active and healthy as well) There is a lot of information  which is why I have split the answers into three separate posts to make it a little easier to digest. This post covers the role of telomeres and peptides in longevity Part 1 talks specifically about lifestyle...
  7. Sugar and Alzheimers: 12 Steps to give up sugar for brain health

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK and it is set to rise to over 1 million by 2025! However, not many people know that there is a strong link between sugar and Alzheimer’s. Almost 70% of people with type 2 diabetes are now known to develop Alzheimer’s, compared with only 10% of people without diabetes!  Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist explains this phenomenon in her latest book Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s “The high levels of insulin block a group of enzymes that would normally break down the beta-amyloid proteins responsible for the brain plaques in Alzheimer’s. Although high levels of insulincan have this effect, confusingly the brain also...
  8. Brain health: 9 ways to give your brain a workout

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    Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville   We can spend hours at the gym or running and hiking to train our body and endurance.  But what about our brain? Mental exercise is as important as physical exercise when it comes to healthy ageing. Increasing our neural pathways is key . If you feel like your attention span is shortening you can stretch and strengthen it with simple everyday changes. Get more Sleep Not sleeping properly can not only affect our energy levels and looks but also our brain functions. Getting enough Zzz’s can help support learning, memory as well as regulate our mood or even appetite and libido. When looking at the brain of someone who is sleep-deprived, scientists have found reduced metabolism and blood flow in multiple brain regions. Be Social Making friends and socialising...
  9. 8 Top Nutritional Tips on How Your Diet Can Help Manage Arthritis

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    Article by Dr Emma Derbyshire Registered nutritionist, Dr Emma Derbyshire from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service shares her nutritional tips for arthritis :   Maintain a healthy body weight When considering the role of nutrition in arthritis management, it is important to look at body weight. Being a healthy body weight, typically defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) sitting between 19 and 25, can help to ease pressure on the joints caused by carrying excess weight.  NHS Choices has an excellent BMI calculator that can be used. The joints that are usually affected by excess weight are the hips, knees, ankles and feet and just losing a few pounds can make all the difference in taking pressure off the joint].   Eat oily fish Current advice is that people...
  10. 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...
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