With Julie Akroyd
HOME Instead, a company providing care for the elderly in their own homes, is offering tips to keep the doctor away this week... OF course, I’m not advocating that you shouldn’t visit the doctor if you feel unwell or need advice, or that you should change or reduce any medication without first consulting your doctor.
Still, here are some common medical conditions and some steps that you can take which you will hopefully feel some benefit from: ●● Arthritis:
Weight loss and exercise will certainly help reduce the pain of arthritis while improving your mobility.
It may feel like the last thing you want to do, but keep active and watch your diet. ●● Cholesterol:
Look out for saturated fats – they are the enemy that cause high cholesterol.
Eliminating them from your diet could reduce your LDL (‘bad cholesterol’) by as much as five per cent.
You can also increase your intake of soluble fibre and switch to margarines fortified with sterols. ●● Osteoporosis:
Extra vitamin D and calcium are on the menu to combat osteoporosis.