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You exercise, eat your five a day and get eight hours’ sleep. But is that enough? Here are the health traps it’s easy to fall into, without realising it

1 Worrying about ‘The Big C’

Dave Bell, spokesperson for Dementia UK (, says:

‘While it’s a good thing that awareness has risen around our risk of getting cancer, dementia actually affects far more people. In fact, it is now the leading cause of death for women in the UK, according to the Office Of National Statistics (for men it’s heart disease), and half a million women currently live with the condition. This is partly the consequence of an ageing population. But your lifestyle now can have a major impact on your future risk of developing dementia, particularly when it comes to vascular forms. A cholesterol test is a good place to start [you can have one done at your pharmacy], as high levels of the wrong kind (low-density lipoprotein or LDL, sometimes referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol) are associated with inflammation and narrowing of blood vessels, which can compromise blood flow. Eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in a variety of fruit and vegetables (good sources of protective antioxidants) is also extremely important for a healthy brain. Regular exercise can make a huge difference as well – a recent Canadian study, published in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine, found that even just strolling for an hour, three times a week, improved brain function in participants after six months.’

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Prolong that summer health kick with our brand new #feelgood365 issue. Inside, we expose the health mistakes that even the experts make, and round up 7 simple tips to help you sleep better. You can also find a whole 25 brilliant veggie recipes – from plant based protein bowls to sharing supper. Plus! We ask: what's the real truth about dairy? Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy.