Mar 01

Advice On Exercise For Arthritis Sufferers


Arthritis can be a debilitating condition that can make it difficult to do even basic daily tasks when it becomes severe.

However, doing certain exercise can help alleviate symptoms and make it easier to live an independent life for longer. The Express has highlighted advice about the best exercise to do if you suffer from arthritis.

Among the options are pilates and bowls, both of which can be beneficial to people who suffer from arthritis.

Speaking to the newspaper, Wendy Davis, from Arthritis Care, commented: “Those with arthritis can benefit from a combination of gentle stretching, strengthening and aerobic exercise – this includes yoga and pilates, or even sports such as bowls or petanque.”

Even low-impact activities like gardening or housework can class as aerobic exercise for arthritis sufferers, she added.

The important thing, according to the news provider, is to make sure you’re doing the right kind and level of exercise for your arthritis – this will ensure it doesn’t get worse.

Making changes to your home, such as by installing a walk-in shower bath and other additions to the bathroom that make it easier to use it if you have reduced mobility, may be another step you want to consider if your arthritis is worsening or becoming severe.

There are a host of other adaptations you can make to your home to ensure you’re able to stay there as long as possible, even if your mobility is reduced as you get older. One council in the UK revealed earlier this year that it’s trying to encourage more elderly people to make use of assistive technology.

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is offering people devices on a free 12-week trial, as well as providing training on how to use them.

Nov 29

Is Your Sleep Routine Affecting Your Arthritis?


As you get older there are many aliments that can make life difficult, but there are many steps you can take around your home such as installing a walk in shower bath or bar supports to make daily life easier.

A study has shown how your sleep pattern and routine could affect your health and wellbeing, and that having a set bedtime could possibly avoid muscle and joint pain and some cancers too. A disrupted sleep pattern is common for many of us with hectic lifestyles and it can be difficult to maintain constant routine.

When you experience a broken sleep, it can have a knock on effect on our body clock and in turn affect cells in our bodies. Many of us are aware of the term ‘body clock’ but the exact name for this is circadian rhythm, which sets the tone for how alert and energised we feel each day.

A central clock in our brains manages our responses and keeps us in sync with the outside world, monitoring and responding to any light that enters our eye.

This is called suprachiasmatic nucleus. Most of us will have experienced jet lag and this is our body’s response to being out of sync with our usual routine and our exposure to different light. Our body clocks tick away in every part of our bodies and in the cells of organs, which is why when jet lag occurs this can trigger other symptoms in the body such as mood swings and even constipation.

It is also thought to have a link to issues ranging from arthritis to poor eyesight and even complications related to surgery, according to the Daily Mail.

Apr 24

Significant Breakthrough In Dementia Treatment


Scientists at the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) have made a significant breakthrough that could lead to effective treatment for dementia patients.

The organisation revealed that a team of researchers has identified two drugs – one of which is already licensed for use in humans – that block a major pathway that leads to brain cell death in mice. As a result, these drugs prevent neurodegeneration.

In previous research, the team identified an accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain as one of the major factors in illnesses like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Their research showed that this buildup of misfolded proteins negatively impacted the production of new proteins in brain cells.

Using an experimental drug, they found that turning this protein production back on was able to stop neurodegeneration. However, when it was investigated further, the drug proved to be unsuitable for use in humans.

Now, two new drugs that restore protein production rates in mice have been identified. One (trazodone) is a licensed antidepressant and is therefore ready for clinical trials. The other is an anti-cancer drug that’s currently being trialled.

Trazodone is already given to late-stage dementia patients, so the team now want to find out whether giving it to people at an early stage of the disease can “help arrest or slow down the disease through its effects on this pathway”.

While this is an exciting breakthrough, it is likely to be at least two to three years before researchers know how effective it is.

Earlier this month, one dementia sufferer wrote an article in the Yorkshire Post about her experiences, and stressed that adapting your lifestyle and habits is essential to make living with the illness easier.

This can involve everything from changing your daily routine, to making adjustments like installing a walk in shower bath to make washing easier.