Over 50s 'should be conscious of heat health risks'

Over 50s have been advised to ensure they take the necessary precautions for coping with what promises to be a particularly scorching summer.

Recent forecasts issued by the Met Office have indicated that temperatures over the coming days could hit highs of 30-33C during the daytime, leading the Department of Health to issue warnings to those sensitive to heat.

Those identified as particularly at risk are older people with heart and respiratory problems, while heat stroke can also prove extremely dangerous in some cases.

As a result, Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has advised over 50s to ensure they keep cool with plenty of drinks and cool showers during the hottest days.

However, he also was keen to emphasise the health benefits of simple relaxation, saying: "The Mediterranean people have it right, having a siesta during the hottest parts of the days. So have a lie down, rest and put your feet up."

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