You've probably read about ‘superfoods.’ Garlic, green tea and oily fish are three examples. Are they really good for us - and if so, why? And are there any possible side effects?
Why do some people look younger than others? Can we control how our looks age, or is it all in the genes? When and how do our looks start to age?
If you want to eat less, is it better to snack on small, calorie-restricted portions at frequent intervals - or to eat two or three larger meals per day? Or is the way we eat more important than how often we eat?
Might physical activity, educational achievement, a healthy diet and an active social life reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Might smoking, obesity and depression increase the risk?
What are prebiotics and are they good for our health? What is the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics?
We know that people in Japan live longer. How important is their traditional diet? Has the introduction of more Western diets affected their health and longevity? How easy is it to adopt a Japanese Diet if we live in the UK or the US?
What are they? Why do they matter? How can this help us make healthier food choices?
How healthy is the Nordic Diet? What evidence is there for this? Are there any possible side effects? What is the overall verdict?
What is the Nordic Diet? How does it compare with the Mediterranean Diet? Is it easy to follow outside Scandinavia?
What is Hypnotherapy? How does it work? Might it have health benefits? How can I find a hypnotherapist?
Is there research evidence to suggest hypnotherapy works? If so, for which conditions? Where is more research needed? When isn’t hypnotherapy appropriate?
What is the Mediterranean Diet? Can it reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer? Can it help manage Type 2 Diabetes? Might it reduce the risk of getting Parkinson's or Alzheimer's?
What does the Mediterranean Diet consist of? Why is it important? Is it the diet or is it the climate? Are there any adverse side effects?
We have no control over our status at birth. Does this dictate our lives or can we change our status? If so, does this improve our health prospects and our life expectancy?
What are the main causes of ill health? Are they preventable? And which countries have the best record for healthy life expectancy?
You can read about the effects of ageing on sight, hearing, smell and taste elsewhere on this site - in the section Effect of Ageing on the Senses. Our fifth sense is touch. Unlike the other senses, it is distributed all over the body.
We could spend up to one third of our adult life drawing a State Pension. So what options are there to help us stay financially healthy in retirement?
How can we stay active as we get older – and what are the benefits? What else can we do to reduce the risk of illness? How can we keep our brains healthy too?
Can keeping mentally fit reduce the risk of dementia?
Each of our senses can be affected as we age. So what can we do to protect them?
How does ageing affect our senses? Can we hear a smoke alarm? Is our vision up to motorway driving? Would we notice a wasp settling on grass underfoot? Or a burning smell in the kitchen?
Oscar winners, on average, live four years longer than other Hollywood actors. Could social status be a key to human longevity?
If you have dementia and if, for example, this means you have problems remembering recent events, this can be challenging and disorienting.
Can technology help people with memory problems and their carers?
Our bodies change as we get older – do our brains? If so, is there anything we can do to compensate? Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
Can what is going on in your mind affect your physical wellbeing? If so, how can we take advantage of this to improve our mental and physical health?
Why do we need salt? How much should we be eating? What happens if we eat too much salt – or not enough?
We know too much salt is bad for our health. But what is too much? And how can we reduce our salt intake?
Might learning a new language, being a musician or meditation protect our brains?
Winter weather can bring snow, frost and ice. Does it also bring health risks?
Nearly 50% of older adults complain of sleeping problems. These include difficulties in getting to sleep, waking up at different times during the night and waking up too early in the morning.
Is having something to live for good for our health? Does having a purpose in life help us live longer? What if we feel we don’t have a sense of purpose?
What can we do to help us cope with stress, so that it doesn’t lead to health issues?
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