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Good Health April 2020

Good Health - for people with a healthy attitude to life! Our aim is to make Good Health informative, up-to-date, relevant to women´s lives and entertaining. Every issue is packed with information - cutting edge medical advances, psychology, relationship, kids, food, beauty and much more. Above all, we want to empower our readers with a sense that they can do something POSITIVE to enjoy a long and healthy life.

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in this issue

1 min.
ageing well

Most of us have a vision of how we’d like to end up in old age. In an ideal world, I see myself still heading to yoga, splashing around at aqua-aerobics sessions, reading shedloads of books, catching up with friends, going for walks with my husband and being treated to the odd dinner out by my children. What I’m hoping to avoid is being bedridden, ill and unable to do any of the things I love. In this issue, writer Linda Music talks to a number of people who are redefining ageing. Harvard researcher and author Dr David Sinclair believes that ageing is a disease, just like cancer or diabetes, and should be treated as such. He has done some promising research resetting the age of the cells in mice, allowing…

1 min.
have your say

A GOOD REMINDER I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Breaking Through’ – such a relatable, honest and real article. Julia Morris is a beautiful and genuine person. I had to remind myself that I don’t personally know this wonderful woman, however after reading about her, I felt I did. Julia is inspiring and has alerted me as a 51-year-old about the importance of exercise – and I too have started questioning myself if I’m dressing for my age. Thank you Julia, your story made me smile and gave me comfort. – Megan Write in and WIN! The star letter featured in next month’s issue will win a fabulous Plunkett’s prize pack, valued at $197.15, featuring their Collagen Lift, Collagen Eye Lift, Super Wrinkle Cream, Dark Spot Eraser and Exfoliating Skin Brightener. Whatever your individual needs, John…

1 min.
what lisa knows

I loved Lisa Curry’s article so much. Her beautiful words “I know that nothing is permanent, I know that I’m not stuck, I know that I have choices, and I know that I can learn something and create new habits. All I have to do is decide and do it” has inspired me beyond belief for 2020. It is amazing how words have such a powerful effect; it lifted me up and was exactly what I needed to hear at this point in time. I even started saying the mantra “I am strong, I got this” to myself again. You guys never disappoint. I have been a fan of Good Health & Wellbeing for a very long time and I really want to say thanks a million for producing such…

1 min.
in your sights

It has been drummed into us since we were children to ‘slip, slop and slap’ on sunscreen to protect our largest organ, our skin, from UV (ultraviolet) damage and melanoma, but did you know UV rays can also play havoc on our eyes? Australia gets some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world and that’s why it’s important to not only wear sunblock and a hat, but also to protect our precious sight. All of us, especially children, can be affected by UV damage and as a nation that enjoys spending time outdoors, be aware it’s not just the intense noon day sun that can be harmful. Even on cool, cloudy days it’s imperative to wear UV protective sunglasses all year round because UV radiation can reflect from the…

1 min.
some of the eye conditions that can be caused by uv damage include:

Cataracts A clouding of the naturally clear lens that leads to blurry vision and eventual blindness, and more than 1.5 million Australians over the age of 55 suffer from this problem. Macular degeneration A deterioration of the retina and the leading cause of age-related blindness in Australia. Around one in seven Australians over 50 show early signs of this disease. Skin cancers More commonly found around the eyelids, these melanomas can occur anywhere in the eye. Photokeratitis More commonly known as snow blindness, this painful condition occurs when the skin of the cornea gets sunburnt. Pterygium Caused by excessive exposure to UV light, sand, wind and pollen. This manifests as a pinkish, triangular growth on the cornea and results in inflamed, red and irritated eyes. Having regular check-ups is essential to identifying some of the problems that affect our eye…

9 min.
health now

ANOTHER OPTION For those who are on an oral contraceptive pill but have trouble remembering to take it each day, scientists are currently developing a contraceptive pill that only needs to be taken once a month. The gelatine capsule dissolves in the stomach, releasing a six-armed structure that sits in the stomach and releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for at least three weeks. The technology and dosage is still in the early stages of development and has only been tested on pigs so far, but experts are excited at the prospect of more expanded options for female contraceptives, especially for those in the developing world where health services can be limited or difficult to access. TAKE CONTROL Live More Think Less (Icon Books, $27.99) from Danish psychiatrist Dr Pia Callesen is the first…