11 Mar Insight into: Poor Diet
Food for Thought…
A study that was carried out by The Lancet has found that in 2017 19% of deaths worldwide could be attributed to poor diet. It found that our behaviour is the biggest threat to staying alive and that poor diet is the greatest risk factor. It was also found that poor diet was behind 70% of coronary heart disease deaths. The top three risk factors were found to be Poor Diet, High blood pressure and smoking. The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date and focused on 2017.
The three biggest problems with our diets were found to be that they are to high in sodium, too low in whole grains and also too low in fruits. Excess sodium in your diet increases blood pressure because it holds extra fluid in the body, and that creates an added burden on the heart. Too much sodium will increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease.
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Time for change?
The report also stated that poor quality diets are the leading cause in obesity which in turn can lead to even more health problems. A study that was carried out by the World Health Organization found that:
- 58% of women were obese or overweight.
- 68% of men were obese or overweight.
- 1 in 5 children were obese or overweight.
- 1 in 3 children were obese or overweight.
- 617,000 admissions to the NHS where obesity was recorded as a factor in 2017, up 18% on 2015/16.
- 26% of adults are obese.
So is it time to change? Yes. Poor diet can be linked to Diabetes, Heart diseases, stroke and kidney disease to name a few. But these can so easily be prevented by making simple changes to our diets. These diseases can be identified and prevented before they pose a serious threat to your health now or in the future. Do you really know what condition your health is in?
Randox Health Packages can give you a comprehensive look into your health, not only now but how it could look in the future. It ranges from heart function to liver health, bowel health to vitamin levels. The Everyman & Everywoman programmes trace up to 150 different indicators of disease in the body, even before symptoms have presented themselves. At Randox Health, you can have a detailed analysis of both your current and future health while there’s still time to make changes and reverse future illness. You can read more about our packages here! or contact a member of our team today to take back control of your health.