Why do we need to change our lifestyle to improve our health? Here are 8 ways, with evidence of better health. [Time to read: 4 mins]
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.
NHS Choices 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.
- Get to a more healthy weight with NHS Choices. Like to try their weight reduction guide? Eat a healthy, balanced diet (8 simple NHS tips)
- 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 UK NHS.
“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. 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.”
- Why sitting for too long is bad for your health, even if you take plenty of exercise.
- 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 either, studies have shown that the benefits of taking daily low dose 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.
- These next steps will help you keep your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels, improve your heart & blood health, and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
8. Actions? Decide what changes above you want to make, and decide your targets? Put them in your own draft healthcare plan, and discuss with your doctor.
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