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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.

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