King Charles, 74, celebrated his Coronation on Saturday and he is now the oldest monarch ever to begin his reign. A leading GP, Dr Luke Pratisdes, explained to Express.co.uk how King Charles can protect his health and fitness with a good diet and rule successfully into his 90s.
King Charles is 74 years old, which is 22 years younger than Queen Elizabeth when she died at the age of 96.
The King will need to be healthy if he wants to live as long as his mother, as she was the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.
Dr Luke offered a number of suggestions on how the King can maintain good health and prepare for a long, fulfilling life.
He spoke to Express.co.uk to explain what King Charles should do to ensure his reign is as long as possible.
Continuing to take regular exercise
Dr Luke said: “The King’s polo and skiing days are now largely behind him, but he’s known to be a keen walker and is famous for his love of gardening.
“This way, the King can continue to keep in shape, while balancing the effects of ageing and a busy schedule.”
Eating a consistent, healthy and balanced diet
The expert added: “It’s been reported that the King opts for a balanced, ‘flexitarian’ diet, and regularly skips lunch.
“He also limits his alcohol consumption to one drink (a strong dry martini) a day.”
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Effective stress management
Dr Luke continued: “The King has a uniquely demanding role that includes lots of international travel and high-level meetings.
“Not to mention having to manage significant levels of media interest.
“King Charles must ensure he can manage the demands of one of the world’s most stressful jobs.”
Keeping your mind stimulated
Dr Luke explained: “As we age, it’s important we keep our brains stimulated to ward off cognitive decline.
“Studies show that people who engage in mentally stimulating activities have better thinking skills as they age.
“King Charles should keep his mind stimulated with some of the best activities that support cognitive function.”
Back in 2021, then-Prince Charles gave an interview to the BBC where he opened up about his diet.
He said: “The business of what we eat of course is important. For years I haven’t eaten meat and fish on two days a week and I don’t eat dairy products on one day a week.
“Now I mean that’s one way to do it – if more did that you would reduce a lot of the pressure on the environment and everything else.
“Because you see the thing about meat is very important – where does it come from, how is it grown?
“So if it’s grass-based and from the right breeds, you know if it is better quality but eaten less often – that approach to farming is less damaging than the industrialised approach with intensive everything, and causing huge pressures and damage.”
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