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Healthy Nordic Diet?

How healthy is the Nordic Diet? What evidence is there for this? Are there any possible side effects? What is the overall verdict?

What is the Nordic Diet?

What is the Nordic Diet? How does it compare with the Mediterranean Diet? Is it easy to follow outside Scandinavia?


What is Hypnotherapy? How does it work? Might it have health benefits? How can I find a hypnotherapist?

Does Hypnotherapy work?

Is there research evidence to suggest hypnotherapy works? If so, for which conditions? Where is more research needed? When isn’t hypnotherapy appropriate?

Health benefits of Mediterranean Diet

What is the Mediterranean Diet? Can it reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer? Can it help manage Type 2 Diabetes? Might it reduce the risk of getting Parkinson's or Alzheimer's?

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

What does the Mediterranean Diet consist of? Why is it important? Is it the diet or is it the climate? Are there any adverse side effects?

Is status a life sentence?

We have no control over our status at birth. Does this dictate our lives or can we change our status? If so, does this improve our health prospects and our life expectancy?

How long can we expect to live in good health?

What are the main causes of ill health? Are they preventable? And which countries have the best record for healthy life expectancy? 

Touch - the fifth sense 

You can read about the effects of ageing on sight, hearing, smell and taste elsewhere on this site  - in the section Effect of Ageing on the Senses. Our fifth sense is touch. Unlike the other senses, it is distributed all over the body.  

Successful retirement: Staying financially healthy

We could spend up to one third of our adult life drawing a State Pension. So what options are there to help us stay financially healthy in retirement?

Successful retirement: Staying healthy

How can we stay active as we get older – and what are the benefits? What else can we do to reduce the risk of illness? How can we keep our brains healthy too?

Are active brains more resistant to Dementia?

Can keeping mentally fit reduce the risk of dementia?

How to protect our senses?

Each of our senses can be affected as we age. So what can we do to protect them? 

Effects of ageing on senses

How does ageing affect our senses? Can we hear a smoke alarm? Is our vision up to motorway driving? Would we notice a wasp settling on grass underfoot? Or a burning smell in the kitchen? 

Is status key to longevity?

Oscar winners, on average, live four years longer than other Hollywood actors. Could social status be a key to human longevity?

Can we prevent Alzheimer's?

Might physical activity, educational achievement, a healthy diet and an active social life reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Might smoking, obesity and depression increase the risk?

Therapeutic Aids for Dementia

If you have dementia and if, for example, this means you have problems remembering recent events, this can be challenging and disorienting. 

Memory Aids for Dementia 

Can technology help people with memory problems and their carers?

What happens to our brains as we get older?

Our bodies change as we get older – do our brains? If so, is there anything we can do to compensate? Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

The power of Positive Thinking?

Can what is going on in your mind affect your physical wellbeing? If so, how can we take advantage of this to improve our mental and physical health?

Too much Salt?

Why do we need salt? How much should we be eating? What happens if we eat too much salt – or not enough?

Spare the Salt

We know too much salt is bad for our health. But what is too much? And how can we reduce our salt intake? 

Why is it good to keep stretching our brain?

Might learning a new language, being a musician or meditation protect our brains


What are prebiotics and are they good for our health? What is the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics?

Winter weather can bring snow, frost and ice. Does it also bring health risks?

Winter weather can bring snow, frost and ice. Does it also bring health risks? 

Stress and health

What is stress? Can too much stress make us ill? Might some stress actually keep us healthy?

What can we do to get a good night's sleep as we get older?  

Nearly 50% of older adults complain of sleeping problems. These include difficulties in getting to sleep, waking up at different times during the night and waking up too early in the morning.  

Having a purpose in life

Is having something to live for good for our health? Does having a purpose in life help us live longer? What if we feel we don’t have a sense of purpose?

Stress and Coping 

What can we do to help us cope with stress, so that it doesn’t lead to health issues?


What is flu? Is it ever fatal? Who is most vulnerable? What can we do to avoid getting it? Should we be worried about a flu pandemic?  

Can we dance our way to health?

Is dance different from other types of exercise? Can it help protect both our physical health and our mental health? What about Zumba? What if we have two left feet? 

Retirement - Good or bad for you?

Can WHEN and WHY we retire affect our health? If so, what happens AFTER we retire?

Japanese longevity 

Why are Japanese people living so long? Can we learn any lessons from them? 

Adult Education

There hasn’t been much direct research into the effect of Adult Education on health. However, three different types of research point in the same broad direction:

Blue Zones 

Are there parts of the world where people seem to live longer than others? If so, why? What can we learn from the people in these areas? 

Where do people live longest in the UK? 

Does your postcode really affect how long you might live? Do we need to move home to live longer? Or can we stay and find ways to improve our longevity?


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