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Ruth Jones health: Star uses one 'anti-inflammatory' spice to help chronic condition

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Most recently, the star was shocked to find out that her ancestors helped to influence the development of the NHS, a fact that she found out whilst filming for BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? The actress, who never knew her grandfather’s, found out that Henry Richard Jones, born in 1897, attended to those injured in the Navy early in the 20th Century before returning to work for Neath and District Medical Aid association. Speaking about her own health in an interview with Woman&Home back in 2020, Jones revealed that she has developed arthritis in her knee, and has adapted both her diet and exercise regime to try and help the condition.

Aged 53 at the time, Jones said: “If you’d asked me when I was younger what life would be like in my 50s, I’d probably have imagined someone like my grandmother.

“I’d have looked like a little old lady who went for a shampoo and set every week.

“But it’s funny – when you get to your 50s it’s not like that at all because apart from a few aches and pains, I feel like I’m in my 30s. Perhaps I ought to behave accordingly”

Despite saying that she felt 20-years younger than she actually is, Jones went on to say more about her arthritis and what she wished she had done when she was younger.

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She continued to say: “Perhaps I should have been more careful with my health. I have a bit of arthritis in my knee.

“When you’re younger you think ‘it won’t happen to me’ but of course these things do.

“I’m taking turmeric as that’s anti-inflammatory and I try to avoid processed carbohydrates. But I love walking.”

In addition to walking and avoiding processed carbohydrates, Jones says that she avoids the “red carpet lifestyle” preferring not to wear any makeup or dress up in fancy clothes.

“I still live in Cardiff, my family are nearby and my old friends. I guess I don’t want the red carpet lifestyle enough to change that,” Jones continued to say.

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“I wouldn’t go out of my way to go to a big celebrity bash. You have to make an effort to dress up. I’m a bit lazy really.

“I can’t be bothered to put make-up on – I certainly don’t wear it day to day.

“There’s something more enjoyable about being at a party among your friends.”

Arthritis is used to describe the pain, swelling and stiffness that some individuals experience in their joints. Versus Arthritis, a UK-based charity estimates that around 10 million people in the UK are thought to suffer from one type of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types and although treatment has greatly improved over the years, the condition still cannot be cured.

Osteoarthritis starts with the roughening of cartilage, making moving more difficult than usual and leading to pain and stiffness. Once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thin out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder.

This can cause swelling and the formation of bony spurs called osteophytes. The NHS explains that severe loss of cartilage can lead to bone rubbing on bone, altering the shape of the joint and forcing the bones out of their normal position.

Osteoarthritis is more common in women and usually affects people from the age of 45 onwards. The parts of the body most commonly affected are the knees, hands, hips, and back.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory condition in which the body’s immune system targets affected joints leading to pain and swelling. The inflammation and extra fluid in a joint can cause the following problems:

  • Make moving the joint difficult and painful.
  • Chemicals in the fluid can damage the bone and joint.
  • The extra fluid can stretch the joint capsule. Whenever a joint capsule is stretched, it never quite returns to its original position.
  • Chemicals in the fluid can irritate nerve endings, which can be painful.

In addition to pain and stiffness, rheumatoid arthritis can cause individuals to become extremely fatigued, and generally feel unwell. The condition typically starts in the hands and feet, but gradually gets worse over time.

Versus Arthritis recommends that if you have swelling or stiffness that you can’t explain and that doesn’t go away in a few days, or if it becomes painful to touch your joints, you should see a doctor. The earlier you get an arthritis diagnosis and start the right type of treatment, the better the outcome will be.

As Jones briefly mentioned, taking turmeric – a spice used in Asian cuisine – has been said to be a viable treatment for arthritis, with studies finding that the substance has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.

Historically, the spice has been used by alternative healers to treat pain and swelling. This is because it contains a substance called curcumin, which is thought to possess anti-inflammatory properties. One study of 107 people found that daily consumption of curcumin had an effect comparable to commonly used anti-inflammatory medicines. However, evidence is still limited, if you’re thinking about taking turmeric, it is recommended you speak to your GP or a pharmacist.



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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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