UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Former cabinet minister and Strictly contestant Ann Widdecombe, 71, answers our health quiz
Former cabinet minister and Strictly contestant Ann Widdecombe, 71, answers our health quiz
CAN YOU RUN UP THE STAIRS?
Yes, easily. My main exercise is walking — I live on Dartmoor.
GET YOUR FIVE A DAY?
I don’t slavishly count how many portions I have. I eat a lot of fish and spinach and avocado, so I eat healthily.
POP ANY PILLS?
The most I will take is a Nurofen if I have a headache.
Yes, in 2002 I did two diet challenges, one for a radio programme and the other for Celebrity Fit Club, and I lost 18lb on each.
Every night before I go to bed I read and have a nightcap, which tends to be a brandy. If the book is interesting, it might become a double.
MOST SERIOUS ILLNESS?
A detached retina in my left eye in 2010, the year I retired. I was in Devon when I started seeing cobwebs in my eye. Realising what it was likely to be, I jumped on a train to London, got to Moorfields Eye Hospital and had an operation immediately. I was also very unwell with viral labyrinthitis (an ear infection) in 2002. It went on for about five months. I couldn’t drive for nine weeks. My doctor told me to keep moving and eventually it passed.
ANY FAMILY AILMENTS?
My mother had arthritis and had two hip replacements. My grandmother had it, too. But both my parents lived long lives. My mother lived to 95 and my father to 89. My brother died of oesophageal cancer in 2010 aged 73.
COPE WELL WITH PAIN?
I cope if it is in a leg or an arm, but I am very feeble if I have earache.
HAD ANYTHING REMOVED?
My appendix when I was 16. I was at boarding school and experienced the most massive pains. I was taken to hospital and operated on.
Ann said: ‘I don’t slavishly count how many portions I have. I eat a lot of fish and spinach and avocado, so I eat healthily’ (pictured being hoisted by Anton Du Beke on Strictly)
EVER HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY?
I see no point going under the knife just to change the way I look.
EVER BEEN DEPRESSED?
No. Fortunately I operate on a pretty even keel.
I had a hangover when I was young and couldn’t bear it, so I do not drink enough to get one.
I have a bad height phobia that is getting worse. I will take a detour to avoid driving over a high bridge.
WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?
Nothing, but I need seven hours’ sleep. All the time I was in the shadow cabinet or a minister I was very tired, as the volume of work meant I couldn’t get my seven hours.
Ann Widdecombe starts her 34-date national tour, Strictly Ann Widdecombe, on February 1 at Newark Palace Theatre. Further details at awaywithmedia.com