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How important is Cholesterol?

Are cholesterol and saturated fats really a health risk? Are statins good for us? How important are diet, lifestyle – and not smoking?

Losing Weight

Might breakfast, protein, soup and dairy products help us lose weight? These were some of the 'strange but true' suggestions in a BBC programme. What does the evidence show?

Looking Younger

Why do some people look younger than others? Can we control how our looks age, or is it all in the genes?

Exercise Myths

Might some exercise myths be discouraging us from exercising – and so damaging our health? Here’s our verdict on five health myths.

Exercise and Cancer

Can exercise reduce the risk of cancer? Can it help tackle some of the side effects of cancer treatment? Can it improve your chances of surviving cancer? And what sort of exercise are we talking about?

Eat Less and Live Longer?

Might eating less help us live longer? What evidence is there? Are there any health risks if we eat less? What can we learn from experiments with animals?  

Mindful Eating

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?

Alcohol and disease – the bad news and the good!

We know we shouldn’t drink too much. But what is too much – and why exactly is it bad for us? Might some alcohol actually be good for our health? Where should we draw the line?

The Foetal Hypothesis – Our health starts in the womb 

Is chronic illness pre-determined from our time in the womb? If so, can we reverse any harmful effects, to improve our health and longevity later on? 

Garlic, Green Tea and Oily Fish?  

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 if they can really affect our bodies, are there any possible side effects?   

Olive Oil, Honey and Chillies?  

Are olive oil, honey and chillies really good for us? If so, how and why? And if they can really affect our bodies, are there any possible side effects?  

Cruciferous, Pulses and Berries? 

Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower are rich in antioxidants and nutrients which are believed to help protect our health. However, is there research evidence showing health benefits in practice? 

Ageing of the immune system - Immunosenescence

As we age our immune system becomes less effective and we are more likely to fall ill. Can we do anything about this, so that we stay healthier for longer? 

Vitamin D Awareness – Age Watch Survey Results 

Most people surveyed didn’t know their Vitamin D level. Of those who did, nearly two thirds had Vitamin D deficiency. 

Look After Your Body 

There are seven practical things we can do to increase our chances of living a long and healthy life: 

Look After Your Mind 

We probably all know we need to look after our body. What we might not realise is how important it is to look after our mind as well. Here are seven ways this can help increase our prospects of living longer, in good health: 

Look After Your Relationships 

This may not be obvious but seems to be another important factor influencing how long we live in good health, as we can see in these examples:  

Successful Retirement: Staying Healthy

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?

Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

What are they? Why do they matter? What foods are healthier from a glycemic perspective?

Healthy Ageing

What is healthy ageing? When do we start to age? Why do some people age faster than others? Does what happens earlier in life influence this? So what can we do to slow the pace of ageing? What is new here?

How important is our Body Clock?

Do we have a built in body clock? If so, what triggers it? Does it influence our sleep? And what are the health implications? 

Exercise and Fitness Classes – are they worthwhile? 

Whether it’s aquafit, zumba or tai chi, can taking fitness classes keep you healthier for longer? 

Successful Retirement: Staying Financially Healthy 

We could spend one third of our adult life drawing a State Pension. So what options are there to help you stay financially healthy in retirement?

How is Ageing Portrayed?

How is ageing portrayed in the media and by policy makers? What assumptions are they making? And what are the practical implications?

The Power of Positive Thinking

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?

Vitamin D and Human Health 

Is Vitamin D important for human health? If so, what aspects of health? Why might Vitamin D make a difference?  What does research tell us? What questions remain?

Immunology of Ageing

What happens to our immune system as we get older? Why do we find it harder to fight infections and to develop immunity after vaccinations? What can we do to help maintain our immune systems?

Retirement - Good or Bad for You? 

Can WHEN and WHY we retire affect our health? If so, what happens AFTER we retire? Is retirement likely to be good or bad for our health?    

Is Status a Key to Longevity?

Oscar winners, on average, live four years longer than other Hollywood actors. Could social status be a key to human longevity?  

Is Status a Life Sentence?

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?

Good Fats and Bad Fats? 

We need fat in our diet. It is a source of energy. It helps the body absorb some of the nutrients we need. And it provides some essential fatty acids (fats) that the body can’t make itself. But which fat is good for us - and which fat isn't?

What can we do to get a good night's sleep?   

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. Over 5 million prescriptions for sleeping tablets are issued each year in the UK to the over 65's!  

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