How to keep the doctor at bay

Here are some tips which may help you to combat a few of the more common illnesses which can be experienced by older people.

Firstly, we would recommend that you visit your Doctor when you are unwell or need advice. Also, that you should not make changes to your medication without talking to your Doctor.

Here are some common medical problems and some things you can do which may ease these conditions:

  1. Arthritis: Doing more exercise such as swimming or yoga can relieve joint pain caused by arthritis, while providing a host of other benefits.
  2. Cholesterol: Trying to limit saturated fats, this can help prevent high cholesterol. Removing saturated fat from your diet could decrease your LDL by as much as 5%.  You can gain further benefit by eating more fibre and changing to margarines which have sterols in them, as these limit absorption of LDL.
  3. Osteoporosis: More vitamin D and calcium can help fight osteoporosis. Also, regularly doing weight bearing exercise can help make your muscles and bones stronger. It has been shown that resistance exercise reduces the risk of fractures.
  4. High Blood Pressure: Eating less salt and doing more exercise can be the start of making a positive change for your blood pressure.
  5. Cognitive decline: Brain training such as learning a new skill, doing crosswords or playing sudoku are all good methods of working your mind to keep it sharp.
  6. Diabetes: Keeping an eye on your sugar intake will decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Again, exercise helps regulate blood sugar, by encouraging insulin to pull sugar from your blood into your muscles.
  7. Depression: Regular exercise can act as a great antidepressant by releasing feel-good chemicals in the brain. Similarly, socialising has this effect, so arranging  to meet up regularly with friends to have a good time can help ease depression.

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