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LIFE AS AN ADULT
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Continuing the series about the seven ages of humanity

Tuesday 9.00-9.30pm 15 October to 5 November

In her continuing look at health and wellbeing over the seven ages of man, Connie St Louis turns her attentions to the adult years of 20 - 40.
These are often the most healthy and active years of our lives, but decisions taken about health as a young adult can affect your wellbeing for decades.

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1. Healthy Bodies

The first programme looks at how the fully formed body functions. As biological machines, our bodies are little short of miraculous, but they are also highly vulnerable to aches, pains and disease. Most puzzling are those that strike in the prime of life - Multiple sclerosis, testicular cancer, and ME. What triggers these distressing conditions in apparently healthy bodies? And can new advances in genetics lead to a breakthrough in our treatment and management of these distressing conditions?

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2. Time for a Baby?

The second programme looks at sex and relationships. This is often the most promiscuous period in people's lives, but also the most likely time to have children. Connie also looks at the astonishing success of fertility treatments. Less than a generation ago, there was little hope for childless couples beyond adoption. Now there are a range of possibilities that have delivered parenthood for thousands. But have we really thought through the social consequences of this revolution in reproduction?

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3. Adult Minds

Programme three looks at mental health in early adulthood. Unlike most other disease, mental illness tends to afflict young adults more than any other group. Schizophrenia is common, as is depression. Suicide peaks in young men at around 30. Connie tries to uncover the factors that are fuelling this alarming statistic. Plus the pressures of parenthood. How having a baby can literally drive you crazy.
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4. Living Life to the Full

Programme four looks at lifestyle and keeping active. Young adults are often paradoxical in their behaviour. They are society's keenest sports fanatics, but also consumers of vast quantities of junk food and are more likely to smoke and drink to excess. Women, for instance, are now binge drinking more than ever before. How will the lives we lead in our 20s and 30s affect our health in later years?

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