Ageing and Fitness tips - semi-research

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    Ageing and Fitness tips - semi-research

    I recently saw this article on general health and fitness tips.

    It seems OK to me, but I think it's also interesting as an example of relatively good quality journalistic reporting of science that is still probably a little dodgy.

    I'm interested if anyone has any views, either on the tips suggested in the article, or in the presentation of research in the article.

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...l-into-old-age

    #2
    It's difficult to write for a broad audience (which newspapers cover) and provide in-depth detail and studies, even in online articles. In broad strokes the suggestions are correct and the research represents a body of knowledge that has been growing over the past thirty years. You're right in that the reporting omits many points and glosses over things quite a bit but, at the same time, it covers a massive amount of ground very quickly. Were you to try and put any or even all of these things into some king of regime for you, you'd soon run into difficulties. On the whole however none of them are wrong. I hope this has helped, a little.

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      #3
      That's very useful, Damer, thank you. I used to be a journalist so I'm quite attuned to the style. (I'm also now more aware these days that a single study of 10 people could easily be used to generate a headline saying "Coffee causes cancer", while another single study of 10 people could generate a headline saying "Coffee cures cancer"!) I might take a look at the book this article is based on if it pops up in my local library.

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        #4
        I liked that and a fair few of those are regulars in my day.
        For me it's all about what I eat and what I do. More veg, less meat and move loads. If I add in the magic of meditation, I shine.

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