Thérèse Henkin reports on recent studies in the field of health and wellbeing.
While we’ve always been told calcium keeps bones strong, exercise might be a better bet at preserving your ageing skeleton. A Penn State University study has found that low-weight, high-repetition resistance training increases bone density significantly in adults and is more beneficial than other types of exercise. In a 27-week study of 20 adults, those who were doing low-resistance weight training experienced a bone mineral density increase of eight per cent in their legs, seven per cent in their pelvis and four per
cent in arms and spine.
Moderation is key. Mediterranean scientists claim that drinking around 1.4 pints of beer a day could actually do some good. Their review of 150 studies has discovered that regularly drinking beer in moderation, along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, doesn’t have any detrimental health effects and could in fact reduce the risk of cardiovascular