Lower your risk of the 'nasties' by getting healthier

What does being unhealthy cost us?

These are some of the facts about what we call the ‘nasties’…. 

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  • For every pound we’re overweight, we increase our risk of type 2 diabetes by 4%
  • Diabetes costs the NHS £10bn per year or £1m per hour!Source: Diabetes UK  more
  • Diabetes accounts for 10% of the NHS budget. Source: Diabetes UK more
  • The cost of diabetes is projected to increase to £17bn over the next 25 years!Source: Diabetes UK more
  • Diabetes threatens to ‘bankrupt’ the NHS within a generationSource: Barbara Young, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK  more

* About 90% of sufferers have Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to the increase in obesity, which is mostly preventable by living a healthy lifestyle.  The other 10% have Type 1 diabetes, this is a non-preventable autoimmune condition.

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Heart Disease

  • Piling on as little as 4lbs can raise the risk of heart attack by 17%  Source:  Research study Uppsala University, with Imperial College London and the University of Oxfordmore
  • 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke are preventable.  Source: WHO Europemore
  • The total cost of premature death, lost productivity, hospital treatment and prescriptions relating to cardiovascular disease is estimated at £19 billion each year.  Source: British Heart Foundationmore
  • Every three minutes someone suffers a heart attack.  Source: British Heart Foundationmore
  • Diabetes will increase your risk of heart disease by 48%.  Source: NHS Choicesmore
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Other statistics…

  • Deaths from alcohol related liver disease have increased by 450% in the last 30 years!Source: The British Liver Trustmore…
  • The UK is below average in terms of healthy life expectancy compared to other EU countries, we’re 14th out of 19 countries.Source: Global Burden of Disease Study more
  • More than 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes.  Source: Cancer Research UKmore…
  • In 2012, we were the THIRD laziest country in Europe after Serbia and MaltaSource: The Lancet more
  • World Health Organisation report: 74% of men and 64% of women in UK to be overweight by 2030  Source: WHO Europemore 
  • Only 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children eat their recommended FIVE portions of veg and fruit a day.  Source: British Heart Foundationmore

This isn’t good reading is it?


What is the cost of being healthy?

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What can you do?

  1. Learn how to get a better night’s sleep, eat a healthier diet, do more exercise and reduce your stress levels.
  2. Every pound you lose, you are reducing your risk of serious illness or disease – type 2 diabetes 4% and heart disease 4.25%.
  3. Start taking action sign up for our FREE ‘Get zesty in 30 days health challenge’ and join us on 01 September 2016!

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