SE­NIOR CARE

With Julie Akroyd

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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.

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