Just Four Lifestyle Changes Could Prevent 250,000 Premature Deaths By 2025

Posted on June 8, 2016
Archive : June 2016
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According to a new report it is predicted that a quarter of a million people in the UK will die from preventable health conditions by 2025 unless changes are made to  current lifestyle habits.

This report is based upon information from Researchers who examined future trends for the most common long-term conditions such as coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, arthritis and dementia.

The report found that whilst  women are on target to meet the World Health Organisation‘s objective  of a 25% reduction in premature deaths from these conditions for  men however there is still some way to go .

Dr Peter Scarborough, lead author of the report which was commissioned by The Richmond Group of Charities, 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 namely:

The interventions focus on four major lifestyle changes:

  • Stopping smoking,
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Improving diet
  • Encouraging people to exercise more

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

The Richmond Group report also said that if food was reformulated to reduce salt, sugar and portion size there would be 26,000 fewer deaths.

Meanwhile an increase in tobacco tax could prevent 2,450 deaths and restrictions on alcohol marketing could result in 78,000 fewer deaths over the next decade.

Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “We call on the government to take the decisive actions recommended in this report so that the right support is in place to enable people to live well for longer.”

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