FRAILTY PART 1

FRAILTY PART 1

The genesis of Frailty For the past six months I have been writing about all the degenerative diseases which assail us as the years go by. These are the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which wear us down and, if they don’t kill us by then, lead to FRAILTY...
EXERCISE AND OSTEOPOROSIS

EXERCISE AND OSTEOPOROSIS

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is the process of loss of calcium from bone with consequent fragility and increased risk of fracture. We start to lose bone strength from the age of about 35 and the loss continues throughout life but becomes more rapid in women...
EXERCISE AND THE CORONA VIRUS – AGAIN

EXERCISE AND THE CORONA VIRUS – AGAIN

Well, here we go again The emergence of the second wave of the pandemic and the subsequent Lockdown brings me back to this subject. Of course we are all delighted by the news of an effective vaccine. However it will be many months before it has been rolled out widely...
EXERCISE AND THE MANAGEMENT OF CANCER

EXERCISE AND THE MANAGEMENT OF CANCER

Exercise in the treatment of cancer Exercise is attracting increasing attention as a treatment for cancers. Regular exercise can reduce the recurrence of some cancers after treatment with drugs, radiation and/or surgery – and also prolong life. In one study of...
 EXERCISE AND CANCER

 EXERCISE AND CANCER

Cancers form a very large group of conditions which are extremely common causes of disease, disability, suffering and death. Nearly 40% of people will be diagnosed with one or another type of cancer in their lifetime and cancer causes nearly 30% of all deaths in the...
EXERCISE AND LUNG DISEASE

EXERCISE AND LUNG DISEASE

Lung disease The secret of longevity is to keep breathing. Sophie Tucker Lung disease encompasses a large collection of widely varying chest pathologies. The most frequent include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD – what used to be referred to as chronic...
EXERCISE AND THE TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA

EXERCISE AND THE TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA

Does exercise improve brain function in dementia? Maybe. There are theoretical reasons to believe that the failing brain might be benefitted by regular exercise. The hippocampus is an area at the base of the brain which is concerned with memory and the processing of...
EXERCISE AND THE PREVENTION OF DEMENTIA

EXERCISE AND THE PREVENTION OF DEMENTIA

Dementia, a modern pandemic Dementia is an advancing modern scourge and has recently been reported to have overtaken coronary heart disease (CHD) as the most frequent cause of death for women in the UK. For men it is still in second place after CHD. The two most...
MENTAL HEALTH

MENTAL HEALTH

What is mental health? Last week I described some of the benefits of exercise in preventing and treating the commonest mental illnesses – anxiety and depression. This week it is Mental Health which I am addressing. Just as physical health is not defined as the...
MENTAL ILLNESS

MENTAL ILLNESS

How common is mental illness? Psychological illnesses are extraordinarily common. The most common forms are anxiety and depression. A European study of depression found prevalence rates varying from 2.5% in Santander to 17% in Liverpool, while a worldwide study found...