Can we beat the ageing process?

A boy lying on grass apparently sleeping. He's getting his vitamin D which can slow ageing

The world’s oldest living person is 117 year old Kane Tanaka from Japan. She’s still a few years off the record for the world’s oldest person though, which is held by French woman Jeanne Calment who died in 1997 at the age of 122! However, these people are definitely the exception with average life expectancy in the UK currently 80.96 years old. But is there anything we can do to live longer? Is it possible to beat the ageing process?

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NHS Health Check // Fit at 40

What to expect from an NHS Health Check

As you may well know I turned 40 years old in May. A couple of months later I received a letter from my GP inviting me to go for an NHS Health Check. This health check is offered every five years to adults in England aged between 40 and 74 who don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from my NHS health check so I thought I would share my experience with you. Read more

Fit by 40 // How did I do?

On my 40th birthday night away

Last year, just after I turned 39 I was pretty miserable in my body, and with myself. I wrote a sort of poem and then decided to do something about it. Over the last 12 months I have written lots of updates about my ‘Fit by 40’ progress but now I actually am 40 (well 40 and a month now) how did I actually do in my mission? Read more

What happens after an abnormal smear test?

What happens after an abnormal smear test

I originally wrote this post back in 2015 but I’ve had quite a few friends recently who have had abnormal smear test results requiring further investigation or treatment and so I though it might be worth sharing it again...

I recently got a letter advising me it was time for me to have another smear test. As I’m pregnant at the moment I have to wait until three months after the baby is born but I wanted to write a bit about why I was being called for a smear test just 6 months after I had the last one, and what had happened in between. I know this isn’t the kind of thing everyone likes to talk (or read) about but I hope that sharing my experience might encourage other women to make sure they get regular smear tests, and so set their minds at rest if the results do come back as abnormal. Read more