Health, Wellbeing & medcine

Are you at risk of osteoporosis?

Fifty is the magic number… After this age you have 50-50 chance of developing osteoporosis. Your genes, lifestyle choices, and medical history can all contribute to your risk. After your menopause, loss of oestrogen exacerbates the situation by drying your bones out and making them more susceptible to fractures. For this feature, I worked with the National Osteoporosis Society (www.nos.org.uk) …

Are you younger than your chronological age?

I love writing about the things that age us – and those that keep us young. And it was while doing just this that I came across a brilliant little health quiz from the BBC’s How To Stay Young – it took about three minutes to complete, and told me I am biologically 20 years younger than my actual age. …

turning 50

Turning 50!

The Times recently reported that 50 is the age at which people start to think about their own mortality. Not really very surprising news, but someone went to the trouble of commissioning an opinion poll before reaching this conclusion. At 50, we’re on the cusp of old age – we are noticing changes in our bodies that weren’t there are …