Dementia Part 2

Dementia Part 2

Last week I told you about some of the research indicating that regular physical activity can protect against dementia. Today a bit more about that protection What exercise? Which exercise regime is most beneficial? The short answer seems to be anything. Even gentle...
Dementia Part 1

Dementia Part 1

A modern scourge Dementia is an advancing modern scourge and has recently been reported to have overtaken coronary heart disease as the most frequent cause of death for women in the UK. For men, coronary heart disease remains the commonest. There are a number of...
Psychological ill-health Part 1

Psychological ill-health Part 1

 ‘Mens sana in corpore sano. (Healthy mind in healthy body)’ Juvenal, c. AD 100 Psychological illnesses are extremely common. The commonest examples are depression and anxiety. A European study of depression found prevalence rates varying from 2.5 per cent in...
Dementia Part 1

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...
Psychological ill-health Part 1

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...