Thanks to access to healthcare and improved living standards, we’re all living longer. But the reality is that many of us will have to live with multiple medical conditions, such as heart disease, dementia and diabetes. This presents challenges to an NHS already under pressure.
Recent figures reveal that the cost of treating diabetes could hit £17 billion by 2035. The current cost of £10 billion a year represents nearly 10% of the NHS’s entire budget. For this to be addressed, many believe that the NHS must stop being a crisis management service and have a greater emphasis on prevention rather than cure.
So, what can we all do to improve our health & wellbeing?
1. Think positive
Research shows a healthy positive attitude helps build a healthier immune system and boosts overall health.
2. Get your 5 a day
Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least five 80g portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. The 5 A Day campaign is based on advice from the World Health Organization, which recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers
3. Take regular exercise
Daily exercise can reduce all of the biomarkers of aging. This includes improving eyesight, normalising blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and improving bone density. If you want to live well and live longer, exercise is essential.
4. Get a good night’s sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep won’t grant you immunity from disease. But study after study has found a link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, such as heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity. And too little sleep can lead to weight gain by altering levels of the hormones that regulate hunger, leading to overeating, overweight, and obesity.
5. Take a health screen
Detect potential issues early for a healthier future. Many illnesses such as Arthritis and Osteoporosis can be detected years before symptoms are experienced and while you cannot reverse these conditions, you can take preventative measures to slow down their progression. A health screening could detect many illnesses early on to ensure your future is spent how you want and not restricted by the common constraints of illness.