Un­der the mi­cro­scope

UB40 singer Ali Camp­bell, 58, an­swers our health quiz

Daily Mail - - Good Health - GOD, no. In­ter­view by SARAH EWING

CAN YOU RUN UP THE STAIRS?

YES. I’m on the road a lot do­ing two-hour shows so I’m ac­tive. I’ve got a sta­tion­ary bike that I do 20km on sev­eral times a week. I’m a couch potato by na­ture and I love watch­ing telly, so at least if I’m on my bike at the same time I don’t feel so guilty.

GET YOUR FIVE A DAY?

I DO try. I’ve had type 2 di­a­betes for a few years, so eat­ing healthily is im­por­tant. I was quite heav­ily into juic­ing, hav­ing a cou­ple of pints of some­thing like car­rot, ap­ple and gin­ger a day, think­ing I was be­ing su­per-healthy. But I was hav­ing so much fruit sugar that it made my di­a­betes worse, so I scaled it back.

ANY VICES?

CHOCO­LATE, es­pe­cially Mal­te­sers.

EVER DIETED?

I’VE al­ways wor­ried about my weight, partly be­cause I used to be a heavy drinker. I was hyp­no­tised 15 years ago and had aver­sion ther­apy, where I had to vi­su­alise a gi­ant ten-pint glass get­ting more and more dis­gust­ing. I haven’t drunk clear beer since, but I still have the oc­ca­sional Guin­ness. I’m 5ft 8in and about 14½ stone.

ANY FAM­ILY AIL­MENTS?

TYPE 2 di­a­betes. My mum’s got it too.

WORST ILL­NESS?

MY DI­A­BETES, be­cause I’ve never had any symp­toms (it was di­ag­nosed by a ran­dom blood test), and I’m never re­ally sure if I’m manag­ing it right.

WORST IN­JURY?

ON MY 17th birth­day I got caught in the mid­dle of a fight and was hit with a glass — I had 90 stitches on the left side of my face. I used my crim­i­nal in­juries com­pen­sa­tion to start UB40.

TAKE ANY SUP­PLE­MENTS?

AT THE mo­ment, I’m drink­ing fresh or pow­dered turmeric in hot wa­ter ev­ery morn­ing. A friend in Cal­i­for­nia swears by it. I’ve also heard it can help type 2 di­a­betes by re­duc­ing blood sugar lev­els.

EVER HAVE PLAS­TIC SURGERY?

NO. I don’t want to look the same as ev­ery­one else.

EVER BEEN DE­PRESSED?

I’M PRETTY pos­i­tive but I used to get SAD (Sea­sonal Af­fec­tive Dis­or­der). Even as a child, I’d get very de­pressed be­cause of the dark win­ters and hor­rid yel­low light­ing in­side. It’s part of the rea­son I moved to Ja­maica for 17 years in the Eight­ies. It made a huge dif­fer­ence. I live in Christchurch, Dorset, by the sea now. I still get SAD but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE?

NOTH­ING, I sleep like a brick.

BIG­GEST PHOBIA?

MY ONLY fear is go­ing on stage and ev­ery­one ig­nor­ing me.

LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER?

Ub40 fea­tur­ing ali Camp­bell, astro and mickey have a new al­bum, Un­plugged + Great­est hits, out now on Uni­ver­sal, price £9.99.

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