Think Carol Decker and what comes to mind? For us, it’s her belter of voice, rocking some of the soundtrack to the 80s as the frontwoman for T’Pau. That, and her magnificent mane of red hair. What we don’t think of is osteoporosis.
Carol was diagnosed with osteoporosis at 57, and she was shocked. “Initially when I saw my Dexa bone scan results I thought ‘you must have me mixed up with my gran!’,” she says. “Like so many other people, I thought osteoporosis was an old lady’s disease, but now I know different. When I was diagnosed, I was fully booked up with gigs and commitments and had no time to be sidelined by osteoporosis.”
If you’re Carol Decker, 80s popstar, you deal with the health challenges of midlife head on. “I felt absolutely awful on the drugs they prescribed me, like I had flu all the time,” she says. “I couldn’t live like that so I stopped the medication and set out to find something more natural. I was delighted to find the Marodyne LiV device and haven’t looked back since.”
So delighted is Carol with the effects of Marodyne LiV, that she is now an ambassador for the brand. But what else is in her Midlife Survival Kit? Her choices may surprise you.
Superdrug Colour Effects Wash In/Wash Out Hair Dye, £1.99
My trademark red hair has gone a bit more sandy in midlife but a dollop of this quickly puts the colour right back.
It’s an easy-to-use wash in/wash out conditioning colour and I find the Warm Copper Gold is brilliant at reviving my natural hair colour.
It leaves my hair feeling conditioned and soft which is an extra bonus as often hair colour treatments can feel a bit harsh. Another big bonus is that it saves me from having to sit for hours in a salon with my head covered in tin foil!
Boots No7 Skin Illuminator, £12.50
This is my favourite product to make the light bounce off my cheeks like it does off a youngster’s. It puts back that dewy fresh youthful peachy appearance and I have often been told that I look well when I wear it.
It’s a life saver if I’ve been naughty and had a few drinks and find my skin looking dehydrated. I just pop it on the apple of my cheeks and am ready to face the world.
SLB Resistance Bands, £7.99
I like to keep toned. When I’m on the road with the band I’ll do various exercises in my hotel room or dressing room ahead of doing a show. I find doing some resistance band training and ab crunches before I go on stage make me feel more body confident.
I love these SLB Resistance Bands with their comfy soft grip handles. They’re cheap, portable and highly effective. I don’t leave home without them basically!
ROSVANEE Under Eye Patches, £9.99 for 30 pairs
This 24K Gold Eye Recovery mask sorts out a multitude of midlife eye issues. It’s my first line of defence against dreaded dark circles and puffiness. It also tackles crow’s feet and fine lines.
It’s designed to lift, firm and brighten the under-eye area. The pads are super easy to use: I just pop them under my eyes for 30 minutes and crack on with other things like emails or even a workout. They get on with their job while I get on with mine.
Marodyne LiV, £2995
After being diagnosed with osteoporosis, I wanted to find an effective drug-free treatment. Marodyne LiV is the perfect solution. The world’s first medical device certified to prevent osteoporosis and build stronger bones, it’s a game changer.
I stand on it for 10 minutes a day while its low intensity vibrations stimulate my bone cells into action to create new bone. It sends a lovely buzz through my body and is relaxing and easy to use. I see it as an investment in my health and instalment payments make it easier to manage!
It’s worth every penny to help save my bones naturally. And it works. My latest Dexa bone scan since using this has shown no further deterioration in my bones as you’d usually expect with osteoporosis. That’s all I need to know.