WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERS – Week Beginning Monday 17th February 2020
Doctors recommend many things to improve health and wellbeing and in this talk we have the definitive list.
GET ACTIVE: Research shows that physical inactivity can shave almost four years off a person’s expected lifespan. Those who are inactive are twice as likely to be at risk of heart disease or strokes.
CONTROL CHOLESTEROL: High levels of cholesterol can lead to the build-up of fatty deposits in your arteries and bring on heart disease and strokes. It is cut by reducing saturated fat intake, eating oily fish and exercising. Many patients are prescribed drugs by their doctors to control their cholesterol.
FOLLOW A HEALTHY DIET: Healthy eating is one of the most vital factors – yet only one in three adults in the UK eats the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE: High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it has no warning signs or symptoms. It increases the risk of strokes by up to 40 per cent and heart attacks by 25 per cent. The most effective way to reduce it is to eat less salt. Many patients are also prescribed drugs.
ACHIEVE A HEALTHY WEIGHT: Two-thirds of British adults are either overweight or obese. These are major risk factors for heart disease and strokes. Being obese can cut lifespan by almost four years.
MANAGE DIABETES: Over 2.5million Britons have type 2 diabetes, with an estimated 850,000 undiagnosed. The condition, which is often caused by obesity and poor diet, raises the risk of heart disease and life threatening complications.