October 2011

Age-well Newsletter

“ Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
World Health Organization, 1948

Hi again, everybody! I am Mary Treacy founder and editor of the Age Well web site and this is the second issue of our monthly Newsletter.

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What's New?

This month I want to introduce you to another of our health correspondents, Michelle Botes, who comes from South Africa. Michelle, who has a diploma in Journalism and Media Studies and is currently studying for diplomas in Creative Photography and Advanced Reflexology, has been writing for age-well.org for the past two years.

Michelle is passionate about keeping fit and healthy and told me that the advice she read in the age-well.org web site helped her lose weight and increased her energy. She said that this helped her break out of a vicious circle, when back problems prevented her from exercising and she had very low energy levels and motivation.

Michelle also said that her new found energy gave her the motivation to cook healthier meals for the whole family, so everyone benefited. Her increased well-being encouraged her to want to help others and stimulated her to contribute to the site's development.

Michelle is currently working on a series of articles on the different therapies for lower back pain, based mainly on her own experience.

Please go to the Section on Back Problems to read Michelle's interesting and well informed articles on this subject.

Trending Now

This has been a year characterized by social unrest around the globe, from the protests that toppled dictators in Egypt and Libya and are continuing to cost lives in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria to the student riots in the UK and anti-austerity strikes and street protests in Spain, Greece, Italy, the Irish Republic and Latvia.

Financial markets around the globe continue to be volatile and Nature shows us again how powerful a force it is with events like Hurricane Irene and the drought in East Africa.

As we go to press it appears that many world health targets are being missed, although all is not gloom and doom as infant mortality worldwide is reducing, and in many countries life expectancy is on the rise and with advances in health care, the levels of ill-health and disability among the aging population is falling.

While there is a continuing trend throughout the Western world for people to live longer, they also have a tendency to put on more weight. Obesity is now a very serious issue and this is the reason it is featured in age-well.org this month.

Shown below are some issues trending now on the subject of aging well:-

Recent research addresses the connection between obesity, diabetes and diseases like Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Keeping your weight under control can help to protect you from type II diabetes. Skeptics there may be, but recent research suggests that this may also cut your risk of developing dementia such as Alzheimer’s or Vascular Dementia as you age. Read more about the link between Obesity, Type II diabetes and Dementia

Learn the Lifestyle Changes you need to implement to break the Link Between Diabetes and Dementia. Cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's by almost 50 percent by implementing these Seven Life Saving tips.

Researchers in Denmark have linked yellow markings on the eyelid to an elevated risk of developing heart disease or suffering a heart attack. Read how yellow markings on the eyes might indicate a higher risk of heart disease.

Beat Depression to Cut Osteoporosis Risk -- Use Vitamins to Heal Your Gums – Learn Why An apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away -- Find Out Why Tomatoes Stop Sun Damage. - Read Dr. Marilyn Glenville's Health Tips

New Pages

Our main feature article this month addresses the problem of Obesity, which is a subject that has been in the news recently, as governments everywhere try to improve the health of their senior citizens and mitigate the costs of an aging population.

We include links to some of our other new and updated pages, below:

  • Exercise can limit your risk of developing heart disease, control cholesterol levels and diabetes, slow bone loss associated with advancing age, lower the risk of certain cancers, and reduce anxiety and depression. It also makes you feel better, reduces depression, and makes you look better by improving posture and driving more oxygen to your skin, nails and hair. This article Exercise Well to Age Well, one of the most popular pages on age-well.org, tells you all about what exercise can do for you.

  • You don't need to follow freaky diets or limit your menu to a few specific foods. A healthy diet incorporating a variety of foods will help keep your weight down, fight age-related disease, and age well. However, incorporating a few of these Superfoods can give you the edge if you are looking to obtain optimum health

  • We all have some beauty tips and secrets to share. Here is a list of Top Beauty Secrets compiled from secrets shared by friends and by other visitors to this site.

  • Maybe you have some beauty secrets you'd like to share and have your own page on age-well.org? Bring a smile to someone's face, by contributing here Your Beauty Secrets Revealed.

Recipe of the Month

Each month we will feature one of the recipes which has been added to our health recipes database.

This month's dish has been submitted by Sue from New York who is by far the most prolific contributor to our forums and recipe databank. It is mainly down to Sue that the bank is regularly updated with delicious and healthy new recipes. We appreciate her efforts enormously. Thank you Sue.

Healthy Carrot and Coriander Soup

by Sue (New York)


1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion , chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 potato, chopped
450g carrots , peeled and chopped
1.2 litres of vegetable or chicken stock
handful coriander (about ½ a supermarket packet)


Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, then fry for 5 mins until softened.
Stir in the ground coriander and potato, then cook for 1 min.
Add the carrots and stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat.
Cover and cook for 20 mins until the carrots are tender.
Tip into food processor with the coriander. then blitz until smooth (you may need to do this in two batches).
Return to pan, taste, add salt if necessary, then reheat to serve.


115 kcalories, protein 3g, carbohydrate 19g, fat 4 g, saturated fat 1g, fibre 5g, sugar 12g, salt 0.46 g

Sue contributed this recipe to our Healthy Soups Page

To find and share recipes about healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, salads, soups, vegetarian options and more go to the Recipe Database Entry Page. Contributing your recipes is safe and easy to do.

New Contributions to Age-well Forums

Age-well.org has an interactive section which comprises a series of forums, where you can submit your own news items for possible inclusion in this newsletter or exchange views with other readers on a variety of issue, such as osteoporosis and its treatments and share weight loss strategies or beauty tips.

Highlighted here are some great tips for those of us who want to optimize our beauty from the forum on Beauty Secrets, and questions on our Osteoshare forum and Readers'Tension Busting Tequniques forum:

Please visit our Age-well Forums to join in.

Till Next Time

To Age Well, pay attention to your diet, keep your weight down, stop smoking and exercise regularly.

We hope you will enjoy this issue. Please feel free to send us your comments , reactions, criticisms and suggestions, so that this news bulletin will evolve over time and fulfill the needs and wishes of our readers.

In the midst of worldwide political, economic and financial uncertainty and a daily barrage of dire headlines from the media it is hard to remain optimistic. When faced with many negative events it is important to remain positive and to fight depression, especially when new research suggests that this illness makes us more susceptible to conditions like Alzheimer's as we age.

With that in mind, the November issue of this newsletter is going to focus on positive thinking and ways in which we can increase our happiness and enjoy life more fully.

If you have an article you would like to contribute, please read our guidelines for authors and submit your article here. Keep well till next time.

Mary Treacy
Founder and Editor of Age Well

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