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Taking statins when you're over 75

Even among the pro-statin camp there’s been uncertainty about the use of statins for people over 75. This month the authors of a new paper claim that in Britain up to 8000 deaths a year could be prevented if everyone in that age bracket took them. Needless to say not everyone agrees.  Read this post

Monday, February 25, 2019 | Rhonda Anderson

Why drinking water is even more important with age

Lately I’ve heard of two women in their 60s and 70s who’ve gotten dehydrated, to their surprise. But as we get older dehydration is a greater risk.  Read this post

Monday, January 28, 2019 | Rhonda Anderson

Susceptible to non-melanoma skin cancers? Here's a supplement you should know about

As someone who started the year by having a mole removed from my back, my ears pricked up when a client said her doctor recommended taking vitamin B3 to help prevent her BCCs (basal cell carcinomas).  Read this post

Monday, January 28, 2019 | Rhonda Anderson

Summer sun: find a sensible balance

With temperatures starting to sizzle, sun exposure’s back on our radar. But for all our slipping, slapping and slopping, it’s worth reminding ourselves that sunlight is good for us — and, it seems, in more ways than just vitamin D.  Read this post

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Good cholesterol is key to a healthy brain

For 20 years a research unit at the University of Melbourne has been studying women’s brains as they age, looking for clues as to what we can do to avoid dementia. Having good levels of HDL cholesterol seems to be important.  Read this post

Sunday, October 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

How to provide a urine sample and avoid unnecessary antibiotics

Earlier this year I wrote a post on having had several urinary tract infections in the summer. With another summer on the way I’m keen to avoid a repeat, so this month I sat down with an infectious diseases specialist who’s adamant that too many of us are being misdiagnosed with UTIs. Here’s what I learnt.  Read this post

Sunday, October 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

You can be 'fit' and still lose muscle

Jane Brody’s been a health writer for the New York Times since 1976. At age 77 she does two physical activities a day — alternating between walking, cycling and swimming — plus exercises for her back. But she was recently diagnosed with sarcopenia, i.e. the loss of muscle and strength.  Read this post

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Dodging the wave of fatty liver disease

One of the speakers at this month’s Australasian conference on lifestyle medicine predicted a tsunami of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It already affects at least one in five of us. So how do we avoid becoming part of this tidal wave, and if we are, how do we get out of it?  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Exercise and our immune system

We know it builds muscle and bone, and it’s good for our heart and brain, but exercise also seems to boost our immunity.  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Vigilance is needed with medication, even common ones

Drugs are prescribed to correct imbalances, but often they trigger other imbalances.  Read this post

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson