Exercise – Bones & Osteo

Osteoporosis is a silent insidious bone disease linked to hormonal changes and the menopause in women. But in many cases osteoporosis can be prevented, it’s not just about getting old as was previously assumed!  According the NHS osteoporosis affects over three million people in the UK. More than 500,000 people receive hospital treatment for fragilityContinue reading “Exercise – Bones & Osteo”

I get asked …. Joint Pain

Dear Diana     I’ve just hit 60 and feel so frustrated because my joints are stiff and painful. It makes it more difficult to move around like I did previously. Is this just old age creeping on…or is there something I can do to help myself? Helen Martin   Somerset Answer Joint pain is a common problemContinue reading “I get asked …. Joint Pain”

Gardening Is Good For Your Health

We certainly feel like we’ve put in a good day’s work, after gardening for hours on end. But is gardening really considered good exercise? For the most part, yes. According to the University of Virginia, gardening rates up there with other moderate to strenuous forms of exercise, like walking and bicycling. It all depends on what gardening task you are doing and for how long. Like any other form of exercise, you have to be active for at least 30 minutes for there to be a benefit.

Osteoporosis – My Personal Interest In The Disease

I have spent over 40 years working in the media, much of that time concentrating on health and fitness, and have a particular interest in issues and illnesses which affect women who are past their first flush of youth. I soon realised how importance it is for women to maintain strong bones, particularly at the time of menopause and in later life. Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning condition that will affect one in three women after the menopause. It is a very serious disease, which in the UK alone, results in 310,000 fractures a year causing severe pain and disability. Over the last two decades there has been significant scientific research into the cause and treatment of the disease. The published results have found that a healthy active lifestyle can help guard against osteoporosis and reduce the risk of falls and resulting fractures.