Dear Diana, after a recent medical check-up which included a blood test I was told I was anaemic. How can I help myself to rectify this? Patricia Carson West Yorkshire Patricia, typical symptoms of anaemia are lack of energy, a rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath when exercising, or dizziness. Being told you are anaemicContinue reading “Anaemia”
Hi Diana …Well here we are nearing the end of January and my New Year resolution to lose weight hasn’t really done it for me! What down to earth tips can you give me to help my continuing battle with the bulge! Marjorie Barnes…Devon Hi Marjorie, you need motivation so ask your GP, aContinue reading “My New Year resolution to lose weight hasn’t really done it for me!”
A healthy diet CANNOT stop you from becoming infected with the coronavirus.
However, staying well and healthy is more important that ever before. Eating well can boost your immunity and healthy behaviours will help to get you through these challenging and difficult times.
Every day we get that little bit older and whoever we are may well start thinking about “retirement.” When we were younger we assumed older people retired at 60 years of age. We also thought many of them would need to be looked after because ageing was like an illness! Some people still assume weContinue reading “Retirement and care”
Dear Diana I have become increasingly concerned about the appearance of my arms so much so that I never reveal them even on hot summer days. The skin appears mottled, marbled even, and I most certainly have ‘bingo wings’. Is there anything that can be done ? Valerie Gould, Bucks Valerie you’re notContinue reading “I have become increasingly concerned about the appearance of my arms”
We sit to take the weight off our feet but sitting for too long can result in slack abdominal muscles and slumped posture encouraging cramp and indigestion. Exercise helps to re-oxygenate your system and improve your circulation and digestion. Reintroducing exercise for the less active and for those getting older or restricted in their movementsContinue reading “Too much sitting”
Vast sums of money are being spent on the search for the elixir of life, a drug that would slow the ageing process. But there is no pill or drug that we can recommend. But, there is a fascinating new idea emerging from research and that is that by becoming more active we can reduceContinue reading “Chronic inflammation is one of the major causes of the changes that we have assumed to be due to the normal ageing process”
Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning condition but it is by no means new. The Romans were referring to non-healing hip fractures and other similar-sounding conditions in the 6th century. By the early 19th century, physicians were concerned about the ‘spongy’ texture of bones in old age, even before they were able to see them on X-ray.
Ouch! An increase in years inevitably brings some changes to our skeletons with a natural thinning of bones. Changes in the joints, with arthritis, rheumatism and backache are painful reminders of the passing years. Joint pain is common and can be the result of injury, but more often a form of arthritis. In older peopleContinue reading “Aching joints”
Our hands and fingers are anatomically complicated areas of our bodies consisting of 27 bones, and for us human beings they play an important role in how we function in both our body and sign language. It’s fascinating to learn that the 10 digits of two hands, and also the 12 phalanges of 4 fingers (touchable byContinue reading “Strong hands and fingers”