Winter is always welcome to me – mainly because it means I can indulge in skiing, one of my big sporting passions. I am a big believer that exercise keeps you young and strong. Age is no barrier to being physically active – in fact, I’d say that you can’t stop exercising when you’re older, just because perhaps you’re not as good at it as you once were, and expect to keep strong and fit. Keeping active keeps your body working at its best and keeps your mind sharp. When you accept that exercise brings a plethora of health benefits, such as increased bone density, reduced blood pressure, increased muscular strength and power, and improved balance, it seems obvious that we should make the time to move our bodies.
I’ve been having some interesting conversations recently with a company called Red & Yellow Care, which is a new disruptive force in UK health provision. I love disruptive innovation because some markets really need to be shaken up with fresh ways of thinking – and healthcare in the UK is one. There are a lot of gaps in our healthcare system, and not just in the NHS but in the provision of healthcare overall, throughout the UK.
One of the ways that getting older impacts, and I have noticed this a lot, is wondering whether you are at the ‘right’ point in your life for your age. People seem to gauge how far they have progressed, whether in their career or in their personal life, through age markers. I see it in my own children as they compare where they’re at with everyone else. Continue reading →
An awful lot has been written and reported about the Ebola virus in the last few weeks; as the world’s worst epidemic to date spreads through western Africa many in the west are understandably concerned. However, the scaremongering headlines predicting a global pandemic are by no means well informed.
Although the incubation period is between two and twenty-one days long, the chances of transfer to other countries is still a remote possibility. While it’s possible that an infected passenger could travel to another country Ebola is only contagious when symptomatic.
Once individuals are showing these final stage symptoms they are unlikely to be well enough to get out of bed, let alone get on a plane so the risk of transfer by an Ebola carrier to a person in another country is still unlikely. Continue reading →
As I’ve mentioned quite a lot lately, I’ve had my share of health issues in the past, which thankfully are now not a big issue. While being sick is a horrible thing to go through, it certainly puts things in perspective and I try to live a very healthy lifestyle to ensure I remain fit. That involves healthy eating, avoiding stress and getting plenty of fresh air and exercise.
Since Lorna and I bought our boat, Amazing Grace, I have truly realised the positive effect being near water can have. We have a berth in the seaside town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer in the South of France and in the past few years have spent many months down there. However, it’s only in the last nine months that we’ve had our berth, and since then have enjoyed many happy days sailing there.
Cancer is a disease which most people have had an experience with, whether it has affected them, or someone they know. It’s a disease that can have devastating outcomes but now has a deservedly high profile, and long may it continue. With their sponsored runs, walks, sky-dives, there are millions of people supporting this cause worldwide and we must all continue to raise awareness about this virulent but preventable and sometimes curable illness.
As I’ve mentioned before, I myself battled colon cancer a number of years ago. I had chemotherapy, radiotherapy, stem-cell therapy, every kind of treatment you can imagine. I was very lucky and made a full recovery. Although it has been many years now, I haven’t become complacent and try to keep myself as fit and healthy as possible. I also am very interested in new developments and treatments in cancer research, so was excited to see an article on the BBC News Northern Island website about a new development in research. Continue reading →
As many of you know fitness and travel are two of my great passions, so I was interested to read a recent article in The Guardian by writer Hope Whitmore about how hill walking and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors has helped her to combat an auto-immune disease.
Hope, despite having severe rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren’s syndrome, recently relocated from fast-paced London back to her homeland of Scotland, finding a small cottage at the foot of the Pentlands to live in. Continue reading →
Stem cell research has to be one of the most important areas in medicine development for the future. When I was treated for colon cancer many years ago, I received stem cell transplants to replace the cells that were killed by the chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It’s amazing, really. Human stem cells have the ability to turn into any type of cell. They work to maintain and repair the body tissue they’re found in. So, in theory, they can be used to replace any kind of damaged cell in the body.
Everyone wants to grow old with a healthy body and a healthy mind. I think the only way to do that is to keep exercising both of these things. For the mind, always striving to learn new things – whether by reading, talking to all different kinds of people, watching television, films and documentaries, taking courses etc. – keeps it active and doesn’t give it the chance to slow down. The same goes for physical exercise. Maintaining a fitness routine as you age means your body doesn’t get the opportunity to shrivel up. Continue reading →
Modern medicine is a miraculous thing. I have just recently read an article on the development of a new drug, which has been found to halve the chances of women deemed high-risk from developing breast cancer. The drug, named anastrozole, is proving much more effective than the current two on the market. Continue reading →