Living better and living longer: Women share their secrets
Professor Cassandra Szoeke has unlocked the secrets of women living better and longer.
Her book Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing published in 2021 is based on over 30 years of research.
To celebrate Women’s Health Week (Monday 5 September- Sunday 11 September) Professor Szoeke will deliver a summary of her findings and some free advice for a healthier lifestyle.
University researchers followed 387 Australian women from the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project for three decades. The women were aged from 45 to 55 when the study began in 1992.
The research team noted their lifestyle factors, including exercise and diet, education, marital and employment status, number of children, mood, physical activity and smoking.
The women’s hormone levels, cholesterol, blood sugar, height, weight, Body Mass Index and blood pressure were recorded at every assessment throughout the study. Hormone replacement therapy was also factored in.
When measuring memory loss over 30 years, frequent physical activity, normal blood pressure and high good cholesterol were all strongly associated with better recall.
“We know that once dementia occurs, it is irreversible,” Professor Szoeke said. “Dementia is also the leading cause of death in Australian Women”.
But regular exercise of any type, from walking the dog to mountain climbing, is the number one protective factor against memory loss.
Professor Szoeke says the best effects came from cumulative exercise, that is, how much you do and how often over the course of your life.
Professor Cassandra Szoeke talking on Secrets of Women’s Healthy Ageing
Where: University House, Professor's Walk
When: 5:30pm-7:00pm, Wednesday 7 September
Tickets and further information: https://events.humanitix.com/secrets-of-women-s-healthy-aging-presented-by-cassandra-szoeke
Professor Szoeke is available for interviews during Women’s Health Week’ Monday 5 September- Sunday 11 September.