Tips for living a longer life
According to recent research, the British have shorter and less healthy lives than inhabitants in most other European countries.
This shocking conclusion came from an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Disease study of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle. The study compared Britain with 18 other countries in Europe – we ranked 12th out of 19. The following tips are simple ways to help you live a long and healthy life.
Check your blood pressure
You check the pressure of the tyres on your car – so why not your own pressure? For some, high blood pressure is triggered by genetics, for others it is poor diet, not enough exercise or smoking and drinking too much. Whatever the reason, keeping an eye on your blood pressure is essential. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for early deaths in Europe, so be sure to seek medical advice if you are worried about yours.
Eat more nuts and seeds
According to the Global Burden of Disease, a lack of nuts and seeds is considered one of the highest-ranking risk factors for early disease and death alongside a lack of fruit, too few vegetables and too much processed meat. This proves how important your diet is, and not just for those who are overweight.
Drink in moderation
It has been reported that one or two units of alcohol a day could help reduce heart disease, but sadly most of us drink a lot more and it is doing us more harm than good. Abusing alcohol can often cause cirrhosis, which is the 12th highest cause of ill health and early death in Western Europe.
An obvious tip – but true none the less. Exercising reduces the risk of developing heart disease (one of Britain’s biggest killers), stroke and diabetes. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels making your life more enjoyable.
Again, predictable but true. Smoking is the one habit that is most likely to shorten your life and make it more miserable before you die. Most people suffering with lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can attribute it to smoking and only 50% of long-term smokers are likely to see past 70.
If you want to address your lifestyle, speaking to a life coach could help motivate you and keep you focussed. For more information and to find a life coach in your area, please see our Health page.
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