Your metabolic rate will be 20-40 per cent lower than it was in your twenties, so weight gain can be an issue and the risk of cancers significantly increases. + As you get older you increase the chance that you might end up in hospital, and if you do, according to Dr Schenker, your best line of defence is a daily probiotic. “Many experts believe probiotics provide a better line of defence for hospital patients than hand gels and washing,” she says.
Studies have shown patients who take a daily probiotic drink in hospital reduce the risk of catching Clostridium difficile, which causes severe diarhhoea. + We gradually lose the thirst sensation as we get older (the mechanisms of thirst lose their effectiveness with age) and we can easily become dehydrated, leading to tiredness, headaches, lack of concentration, kidney problems and cystitis.
Water is always best – aim for eight glasses a day – but contrary to popular belief, coffee and tea count, as well. + Eighty per cent of bowel cancers arise in the over-sixties, so cut back on processed meat (sausages, salami, ham, bacon, paté) which have been linked with the disease.
Scientists say a diet rich in folate – green and leafy vegetables – can lower the risk and will also keep your weight down, further decreasing your chance of cancer.