Keeping Healthy

How to Not Get Cancer

by on January 5, 2016

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It’s commonly thought that your family history – your DNA – has a major impact on whether or not you get cancer. In fact, the WCRF said that, at the most, only 10% of cancers could be traced back to inherited genes.
Of course, nobody wants to get cancer; and if you do get it the odds really don’t matter – it’s 100% for you.
But it is reassuring to know that we may have more control than we think we do of avoiding the “big C” – or a recurrence, for that matter.


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It is said that the average person needs to remember ten passwords a day – which obviously takes some mental gymnastics.
At least that’s better than using the same password for everything – which means that if a hacker finds out your single password they’ve got an “open sesame” to all your accounts everywhere. One study of over-50s found that their mental agility was equivalent to people eight years younger who were tested six years ago.

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Although, if you are trying to lose weight, this sounds a bit depressing, the point is you could be one of those 3,500 people, if you’re in a situation of obesity. The main thing is to find a method that works for you. There are ways which have clearly been shown to encourage weight loss, and ways which are widely believed to produce weight loss but which actually don’t.


Health Dangers of Obesity

There is a close correlation between being overweight/obese and having high blood pressure.
A major problem with having high blood pressure is it can lead to a stroke. This can happen even to a younger person. For example, the incidence of stroke in men between 40 and 54 increased by 50% between 2000 and 2014.


Worsening Diabetes in the UK and World

Diabetes type II used to be called “maturity onset diabetes”, because it would almost invariably happen at, or beyond, middle age. However, with the worsening incidence of type II diabetes people are developing it younger and younger. Even some children now have type II diabetes.
In its early or mild forms, this type of diabetes can be controlled by diet. As it is much more likely to happen if you are obese it is also greatly helped – or even eliminated – by losing weight, especially if dietary changes are made as well.
If a person won’t follow this treatment plan then they will certainly need to resort to medication.


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For example, one person in his mid-40s with a really healthy diet and good bodyweight who was exercising regularly at the gym had no idea he had high blood pressure. Then he had a stroke which took him completely by surprise. If he had known he had high blood pressure there’s no way he would have exercised so vigourously.
So if you haven’t had your blood pressure taken for a while, and especially if you are over forty, it would be wise to take a trip to the doctor.
You can get a rough idea from the “quickie” electronic blood pressure devices you can get from the chemist. But these can be quite inaccurate. And using the proper device with the cuff that goes around your arm needs practice – so your doctor is the best person to do that.


Is Cancer Due to Bad Luck?

by on February 4, 2015

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Our lifestyle choices affect the creation of degenerative disease tremendously. There is a huge amount of evidence to show that if we eat healthily, get a decent amount of exercise, stay within a normal weight range, and minimise our exposure to environmental chemicals we are more likely to live to a healthy old age.


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There is news from Poland about a spinal cord repair which enabled a man who was paralysed to walk again.
The man had his spinal cord severed during a knife attack. In the first procedure of its kind in the world, doctors implanted cells into a half inch gap in the man’s spine. These cells enabled the spinal-cord nerve cells to grow from each direction of the stump until they joined together. The cells which were transplanted into the spine were taken from the nasal cavity. This was because it been observed that nerve cells which carry olfactory messages can regrow if damaged.


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I talked recently about how carefully designed, yet simple, brain exercises can take advantage of the discovery of “brain plasticity” to head off dementia and age-related memory loss. And studies have shown that those with other brain issues – including physical, accidental damage, as well as dyslexia and other brain conditions, can respond to a careful programme of brain exercises.


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One of the main organs we are seeing go downhill as the population ages is – the brain. Happily, there is good news. Michael Merzenich , expert in brain health, has found incredible results from stretching the brain through specific mental exercises. The exercises used can also keep our brains capable and resilient. They have positive effects on brain ailments previously thought to be permanent.