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Actress Rula Lenska, 69, answers our weekly health quiz

Still performing well! Actress Rula Lenska balances health with indulgence 

DO YOU EXERCISE?

Yes, I do a lot of brisk walking and a little bit of swimming.

GET YOUR FIVE-A-DAY?

I eat a lot of vegetables but I’m careful with fruit because I have a problematic digestive system.

EVER DIETED?

I’m 5 ft 8 in and I’ve weighed between nine and nine-and-a-half stone all my adult life. I never overeat, but I don’t think anything should be forbidden unless you’re allergic or intolerant to it.

ANY VICES?

Chips, ideally out of a paper bag with vinegar. I’m on and off with smoking; I do well and then some emotional hiccup happens, I’ll have one and it’s hard to give it up for a month or so.

ANY FAMILY AILMENTS?

My mother was in a concentration camp and was malnourished for two-and-a-half years. I think I’ve inherited my digestive issues from her.

WORST ILLNESS OR INJURY?

A problematic neck due to scoliosis (a twisted spine). If I’m sitting next to someone, I have to turn my body or my neck muscles go into spasm.

POP ANY PILLS?

I take vitamin C, zinc and echinacea in the winter to help fight off colds, and magnesium and calcium for the bones.

TRIED ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES?

I see an acupuncturist twice a month to help with my digestion, stiff neck, bad back and circulation.

EVER BEEN DEPRESSED?

Losing my hearing in my mid-50s was depressing. I now wear hearing aids in both ears. I also felt very low during both my divorces. On my mother’s side of the family, there is manic depression. Touch wood, I don’t think I have that.

Vanity: Ms Lenska often ponders the need for a lower facelift to enhance her appeal 

Vanity: Ms Lenska often ponders the need for a lower facelift to enhance her appeal 

HANGOVER CURE?

The hair of the dog.

EVER HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY?

When I look in the mirror I think it would be nice to have a lift on the lower jaw to get rid of the beginnings of jowls, but my inner-self says: ‘What is the point unless it’s necessary?’

IS SEX IMPORTANT?

Not without feelings and love. 

BIGGEST PHOBIA?

Heights, and I’m not a good flier.

COPE WELL WITH PAIN?

I certainly do. During a performance of Calendar Girls, I fell backstage and cracked a rib and tore my rotator cuff [a group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder], but I went straight back on stage. My rotator cuff was operated on and worked brilliantly for a few years, but has become detached once more and can’t be operated on again. I manage perfectly well. 

LIKE TO LIVE FOREVER?

If I was in good health and surrounded by people of the same sort of age, yes.

Rula Lenska appears in Celebrity Taste of Italy – Friday, September 29, 9pm, on Channel 5.

 

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