Change your Lifestyle

Why do most of us need to change our ‘lifestyle’ to improve our health?

NHS says you could prevent most deaths by 5 simple steps.

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heart system

Diseases of the heart and blood vessels are the UK’s biggest killers, causing 180,000 deaths every year in England & Wales [12] That’s 200 people every day. A powerful new Cambridge study followed 14,500 men and women in England for 20 years, and found that exercise during middle age, 40 to 50 years old, reduces your risk of death.

They found that only two-and-a-half hours a week of good exercise, e.g. walking briskly, could cut your present death risk by almost half [48].

Another 30 years study of 120,000 men and women in the USA found that 50 year-olds who maintained all five good habits, of healthy eating, drinking moderately, not smoking, and keeping weight in check, cut their chances of dying from cancer by 2 out of every 3 people; and cut dying from heart disease by a whopping 4 out of every 5 persons. These healthy habits added on average 14 extra years of life for women and 12 years for men [49].

The NHS says you could prevent most deaths by 5 simple steps.

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Stop sign

Step 1: If you smoke, use a free NHS local stop smoking service.

Step 2: Get to a more healthy weight with NHS help.

Step 3: Eat a healthy, balanced diet with 8 easy NHS tips. A 2015 study found that the cost of bad diets in the UK was £19 billion a year, being almost 1 in 3 of people going into hospital and over 1 in 3 people going into care homes.

Step 4: Stress causes changes in your body made to help you take on threats or difficulties. Your heart may pound, your breathing quicken, your muscles tense, and you start to sweat. This is known as ‘a fight or flight response’. The NHS guides you on how to manage stress.

Step 5: Take more exercise

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runners feet exercising

Check here to find out – are you doing enough exercise if adult aged 19 to 64if aged over 65? “Exercise is the miracle cure”, says the UK NHS. And it stops or delays you getting dementia later [43].

Why sitting  for too long is unhealthy, even if you take plenty of exercise.

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pointing finger

The 5 steps here will help you keep your weightblood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels, improve your heart & blood health, and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. So suggest you write them into your personal health plan.

page updated 7 Feb. 2020.  © 2020 by social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.