Golf, gardening and housework ..

figure_sweeping_800_10765said to reduce risk of serious diseases. Really?

Gardening – risk of tetanus, nettle rash, slug pellet poisoning, not to mention muscle strain from digging.

Housework – falling off ladders, scolding yourself, dangerous cleaning chemicals, electric shocks, and dust mites.

Golf – getting drunk at 19th hole, boredom if you don’t play, being hit by a stray ball, being hit by lightening..

Need I say more?

So why do experts think these things are good for your health?

Basically it’s the exercise involved. They say we should be doing five times the WHO recommended minimum.

Playing an extra round of golf or gardening for a few more hours each week can help prevent five of the most common chronic diseases.

The research is based on 174 studies published since 1980 and the analysis found that increasing a person’s exercise level from 600 minutes a week to 3,000 -4,000 a week reduced the risk of heart disease by 16% and colon cancer by 10%.

This is the equivalent of climbing the stairs for 10 minutes, vacuuming for 15 minutes, running for 20 minutes or walking for 25 minutes – five days a week.

This level of activity also reduces the risk of diabetes by 14% and stroke by 16%. If you doubled the exercise levels you could reduce risks by a further 7-10%.

What is clear is that in terms of protecting oneself from the development of of these five common and potentially life-limiting illnesses, undertaking any level of exercise is protective, more is better, and should be encouraged by healthcare professionals, politicians, and charities alike, to decrease the burden of these debilitating illnesses in society today” said Oliver Monfredi, clinical lecturer in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Manchester.

And researchers at the University of Strathclyde and the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyons said that this study “represents an advance in the handling of disparate detainee a lifestyle factor that has considerable importance for the prevention of chronic diseases“.

What they’re not sure about is whether risk reduction is different when you exercise in short intensive bursts or do light physical activity for longer.

OK, I take it back about the gardening and the housework – but not the golf!

An earlier post on exercise

More evidence UK kids are not very happy

119460-117532Eight-year-old children in the UK are less happy than those in Romania, Poland, Turkey and Algeria.

That’s according to a survey by the University of York which produced a report “Children’s Words

England came 13th out of 16 countries surveyed ahead of Nepal, South Korea and Ethiopia. Britain came in the bottom half of the ranking on many issues with body image and school life the main areas for concern. (For which you can probably blame social media, selfies and self-obsession)

The three most positive aspects were family, health, and safety but we didn’t rate higher than eighth on any of the issues which included friendship, personal well-being, and possessions.

The co-author of the survey report, Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, thought it was due to “the balance between the high levels of attainment and the social environment in schools. …with our push to raise our children’s attainments

Well with all due respect professor we don’t have high levels of attainment do we? We rank in the bottom handful of countries in the OECD on literacy and numeracy. All these A* awards and 1st class honours degrees are just smoke and mirrors caused by grade inflation (at all levels in the education system) used as a marketing ploy to boost league tables and attract students.

British women die younger

doctor_shows_the_way_to_a_woman_1600_wht_8489compared to women in almost every other country in Western Europe.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging governments to introduce sugar taxes and raise the price of alcohol as it believes Europeans are the “world champions” of unhealthy living.

British women have the second lowest life expectancy of the 15 western EU countries. 

From the age of 30 to 74 British women have higher death rates than the european average. We have not reduced our alcohol consumption as much as other countries and 63% of UK adults are overweight compared to a european average of 57%.

A baby girl can expect to live to 82.7 in this country with only Denmark worse at 82.1. Spanish women have the longest life expectancy at 85.5 years. But overeating and drinking risk children living shorter lives than their parents.

“there are so many factors, lifestyle but also access to healthcare, early screening and detection of disease, prevention of disease” that could explain the gap said a WHO spokesperson.

Europe as a whole drinks and smokes more than any other part of the world and only America is fatter. (Although England is slightly better than its european neighbours in that regard)

And within England there are variations of up to seven years in women’s life expectancy. “Healthy behaviours, whatever your age, and effective care and support can help people have longer, healthier lives than ever before. There’s only so much medical technology can do“.

Tougher action is needed on the price of cigarettes, alcohol, and unhealthy foods but the government has so far rejected calls for this from health leaders.

Best place in UK to retire?

According to the Pensioners’ Wellbeing Index, which looks at factors such as life expectancy, crime, and healthcare, the Southwest is the place to spend your retirement.

Devon comes top of 20 counties in England and Wales ranked the “safest and nicest” for retirement.

In fact the South West has several placings in the list which is:

1   Devon

2   Dorset

 =3 Powys

=3 Norfolk

5  East Sussex

6  Surrey

7  Gloucestershire

8  West Sussex

9  Suffolk

10 North Yorkshire

There is only one place in the North of England to make the list and that’s in Yorkshire!

So why Devon? It’s mainly rural so less crime. It has an above-average number of health-care workers and men live 19 years longer than average and women 22 years (although Dorset actually has the longest life expectancy).

Christchurch in Dorset also has more pensioners than anywhere else in Britain.

Vitamin Supplements and what many have suspected for years………….

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Taking vitamin supplements to prevent Alzheimer’s and keep the brain sharp is a waste of money, Oxford scientists have concluded.B vitamins fail to slow mental decline and do not prevent dementia, a comprehensive analysis of evidence has found. Middle-aged people are better off taking a walk or eating more fruit and vegetables, experts say.

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People taking supplements scored no better on tests of memory, speed or decision-making than those taking placebos, according to an overview of data on 22,000 people in 11 different trials.

“Our study draws a line under the debate. B vitamins don’t reduce cognitive decline as we age. Taking folic acid and vitamin B-12 is sadly not going to prevent Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr Robert Clarke of the clinical trials service unit at Oxford University.

The millions of people who spend £10 a time on packs of vitamins are doing their health no good, Dr Clarke added.“Taking…

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More Scaremongering so called “research”…………………….

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More than four cups of coffee a day puts you at risk of early death, claim experts

U.S. researchers found more than 28 cups of coffee a week increases by half the chances of premature death in younger people. If you’re already holding your first coffee of the morning, you might want to put it down.

Because drinking four cups a day could raise your risk of dying young, researchers warn – but only if you’re under 55.

They found that consuming 28 cups of coffee a week increases the chances of premature death in younger people by half.  The findings come from a large- scale American lifestyle study of 43,727 individuals aged 20 to 87.

The US researchers suspect  (what they mean is they do not know) excessive coffee consumption may adversely affect the body’s metabolism, outweighing some of the known health benefits.

Individuals with a ‘genetic coffee…

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