Why do we need to change our lifestyle to improve our health?
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Diseases of the heart and blood vessels are the UK’s biggest killers, causing 180,000 deaths every year in England & Wales . Most of those with diabetes, die from heart and stroke diseases . That’s 200 people every day.
Here are 8 reasons and ways to better health; and your next steps.
The UK NHS says most deaths could be prevented by simple steps:
- If you smoke,
, using a free NHS local stop smoking service. Stop smoking options: Public Health England guidance, August 2018.
3. Keep active with regular exercise – this will cut by half your risks of getting heart diseases, a stroke, diabetes or cancer [9, 11]. And most exercise is free! Check here to find out – are you doing enough exercise for your age? “Exercise is the miracle cure”, says the NHS. Now, like to choose a workout from the NHS Fitness Studio’s selection of online exercise videos?
“10 micrograms of vitamin D are needed daily to help you keep healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Most people get the vitamin D they need in spring and summer. But consider taking a supplement in autumn and winter (mid-September to April). Those who don’t get out in the sun, or always cover their skin when they do, or have darker skin, should take a vitamin D supplement throughout the year.”
5. Why is sitting for too long bad for your health? Even if you take plenty of exercise.
6. Does mini coated aspirin help prevent heart disease and strokes??
Latest NHS guidance is: If you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, or you are at high risk of them, studies have shown that the benefits of taking a daily low dose mini coated aspirin far outweigh the risk of side effects. But if you don’t have heart disease and are not considered to be at high risk of developing it, the risk of side effects (particularly the risk of internal bleeding) outweighs the benefit of preventing blood clots. The risks in younger people are fewer and the benefits, at least against cancers, are possibly greater. More research needs to be done.
7. These next steps and pages will help you keep your weight down, blood pressure down and cholesterol down at healthy levels, improve your heart & blood vessels health, and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
page updated 12 Jan. 2019. © by social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.