Tom Jones talks health after doctor’s warning ‘That’s all the medication I take thank God’
Tom Jones discusses his morning routine
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Sir Tom Jones, 80, has opened up on how he stays healthy after he faced a battle with a bacterial infection back in 2018. Despite the issue, The Voice UK 2021 coach refused to comply with medical advice to rest, after being treated for the serious condition in hospital, as he was desperate to get back to performing.
The star was quizzed on his health and fitness regimen during a new interview with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 yesterday.
Asking the singer to share his top tips with her listeners, host Jo quizzed: “Do you take loads of vitamins?
“I presume you do, what do you recommend?”
Tom then revealed that he takes lots of vitamin supplements and tablets to ensure he looks after his health.
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He also shared his relief that he doesn’t have to take many medicines as he gets older, apart from a “blood-thinner”, also known as an anticoagulant.
According to the NHS website, anticoagulants are medicines that help prevent blood clots.
They’re given to people at a high risk of getting clots, to reduce their chances of developing serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.
Tom divulged in response to Jo’s questions: “Well, I take a multivitamin of course and Vitamin D I take for the sun, if you’re lacking in sunshine, and Vitamin C.
“I take a thing called Emergen-C, which is a lot of [vitamins] E and C, and it’s like powder form, you know, you just stick it in a glass of water and drink it, so that’s easy, and that’s about it.
The Delilah hitmaker added: “I take a blood-thinner, because when you get older your blood gets a bit thick.
“So I take a blood-thinner, but that’s all the medication I take, thank God!”
Tom also gave an insight into his fitness routine, telling Jo: “I’ve got a bike which I do later on in the day in the bedroom. I have a stationary bike in front of the TV set and I get on there for 30 minutes to get the heart rate up.
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“But I don’t do that till the afternoon, stretching and crunches and push-ups after I hang upside down, that’s the first thing.”
It comes after Sir Tom spoke with Jen Long on her podcast, Talk The Line, behind the inspiration for his new album, Surrounded By Time.
The host said: “Part of this album was a reaction to coming out of hospital and a doctor telling you to slow down, and you were like, ’Nah’.”
Tom agreed: “Exactly, I had an infection, and he said, ‘Ah well, you know’. I said, ‘I’ve got shows to do! And there’s nothing wrong with my voice’.”
Despite his protestations, the doctor thought Tom was not well enough to carry on with his scheduled tours due to his age, which could slow his recovery time down.
Relaying the doctor’s response to his hopes to return to work, Tom said: “‘Ah well you know at your age’. I think I was 78 then…‘What are you worried about now? You shouldn’t be worrying about it’.”
However, the main reason for the singer’s determination to recover quickly was so he could entertain his fans, who had spent their money on tickets to his concerts.
He added: “I don’t want to let people down! I’ve got shows to do. So he tried to tell me to, ’Slow down’, but I don’t want to slow down!”
“People were concerned, they thought there was something wrong, but it was an infection I had,” he finished, in reference to worries shared by his fans at the time.
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