Time to take responsibility for your health

Time to take responsibility for your health?

Current lifestyles predicted to be the cause up to 250,000 UK deaths by 2025!

Preventable conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, chronic lung disease arthritis and dementia are all detailed in a new study funded by 12 of the leading health and social care organisations, known as the Richmond Group” as conditions that need urgent national policy interventions to ensure that this figure is greatly reduced.

The lead author of the report Dr Peter Scarborough, said: “In recent years we have seen great improvements in cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic disease rates thanks both to improvements in treatment and healthier lifestyle choices such as fewer people smoking. “However, we have also seen worrying increases in obesity levels and type 2 diabetes, and there is much more that we could achieve to improve population diets and physical activity levels.”

Researchers have listed a number of national policy interventions which they believe could help bring the number of premature deaths and disabilities caused by common long-term health problems down.

The interventions focus on four major lifestyle changes:

  • Preventing smoking,
  • Cutting alcohol consumption,
  • Improving diet
  • Encouraging people to exercise more.

Researchers said  that with these interventions, together with the raising of prices on high strength, cheap alcohol and reformulating packaged food, many lives could be saved.

They also recommend redesigning urban environments to prioritise walking and cycling to help reduce physical inactivity, reducing portions sizes and further restricting the marketing of alcohol and unhealthy food.