The timing is perfect as 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and this week the British Chiropractic Association unveils consumer research results that might surprise you:
- 20% of over 55’s worry most about becoming less active as they age
- 51% of that age group are currently suffering from back or neck pain
- 33% complaining that they suffer daily
Nothing is more ageing than not being able to move freely and one element of that is paying attention to the role our posture plays in keeping us fit and active into old age. Patrick Holford has some excellent tips to help your overall health and mobility, but if you want some specific extra help in this area then go to StraightenUpUK for a series of simple stretches and exercises at www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk
On average, we are living longer than previous generations, but with fewer healthy years at the end. It doesn’t have to be this way as is demonstrated in this new ground-breaking book by leading nutrition expert and mental health specialist Patrick Holford and award-winning medical and health journalist Jerome Burne. They reveal that there is a great deal we can do to stay healthy as we age and scientists have discovered that markers for how well you are ageing – found in every cell in your body – can be altered by, amongst other things, the kind of exercise you do, the food you eat and the way you handle stress.
The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing uses those latest findings to provide a 10-step nutrition/lifestyle programme and anti-ageing diet that will increase your chances of staying healthy and functioning well for longer and how you can avoid developing common chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. If you have fallen for any of these five common myths Holford happily dispels them:
1)It’s your genes that decide the diseases you’re going to get.
The truth is that even genes that raise your risk aren’t a done deal. Some of the genes that push up you risk of various diseases can be changed. And not with high-tech wizardry. You can do genetic engineering on your kitchen table.
2) We all know what a healthy diet is – cut out the fat.
The truth is that after 30 years of these diets we are eating less fat while obesity and diabetes have soared. Instead you need to keep sugar and refined carbs to a minimum with a low glycemic diet. It’s the first step in cutting your risk of the big chronic killers and rolling back some of decline that comes with ageing.
3) As you get older regular aerobic exercise will keep you in shape.
The truth is that muscle mass drops with age, keeping it will boost your metabolism so you burn more calories, bring down your blood sugar level and keep back problems at bay.
4) You can get all the vitamins and minerals you need from a health balanced diet.
The truth is that that as you get older you don’t absorb minerals and vitamins from your food so well however good your diet so topping up your levels makes a lot of sense. But whatever you are eating it’s impossible to get healthy levels of Vitamin D in Britain around the year. Too little has been linked with various chronic disease. And you may need very high levels of B vitamins – shown to slow or stop memory loss in older people. You will never get the levels required from food. A lack of B12, which is absorbed less well as you age, leads to both brain and bone shrinkage. It’s well worth supplementing.
5) If you are healthy the best way to stay like that is to rely on drugs for prevention such as statins and blood pressure pills.
The truth is that only a small percentage of the people who take these drugs for prevention actually benefit and the more drugs you take that greater your risk of damaging side effects. In fact ‘Following official guidelines which results in multiple drug taking (polypharmacy), is one of the greatest but most invisible threats to health in the ageing population.’ Archives Internal Medicine, 2011.
If you want to know if your biological age is older or younger then your real age then try this free bioage® check – make sure you have a tape measure and prepare for a shock – I got one! Just a list of the 10 Secrets will give you a clue as to how you can start ageing down – which one do you need most?
The 10 Secrets
Secret 1: Stay smart as you age – and forget about Alzheimer’s
Secret 2: Keep your joints mobile and your bones strong
Secret 3: Beat the bulge, prevent diabetes and boost your energy
Secret 4: Switch off the stress factor and sleep for seven hours straight
Secret 5: Keep your skin youthful
Secret 6: Stay free from cancer
Secret 7: Keep your heart healthy and your blood pressure low
Secret 8: Improve your digestion without drugs
Secret 9: Stop your eyesight deteriorating
Secret 10: Discover the natural anti-ageing hormones that perk you up
That last Secret will be revealed here next week as Patrick Holford gives you the lowdown on the hormones that will help you look younger and feel sexier.
If you want some more hands on help then Patrick Holford is about to embark on his very last seminar tour in the UK and Europe. If you want to catch one of them the details are on his website, together with how to order his book at www.patrickholford.com