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Old October 14th, 2009, 09:21   Go To Top / FR Forum Home / #1
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Icon1 Unhealthy lifestyle 'loses 10-15 years'

A new interesting study has been published on the British Medical Journal website.

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Men who smoke and have both high blood pressure and high cholesterol can expect to live 10 to 15 years less than those without these risk factors, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal.

Researchers at the University of Oxford studied over 19,000 men aged 40-69 years employed in the civil service in London.

The men were first examined in 1967-70, before the records of 18,863 men were traced and 7,044 surviving participants were re-examined in 1997.

At entry, 42% of the men were smokers, 39% had high blood pressure and 51% had high cholesterol. Despite changes in lifestyle over time, including high numbers of participants giving up smoking, the presence of all three risk factors at entry was associated with a 10 year shorter life expectancy from age 50.

The Department of Health began a mass programme of free health checks for over 40s in England earlier this year, which the government claims will save 650 lives a year. Private medical insurers are increasingly seeking to reward members for following a healthy lifestyle. Earlier this year, Aviva launched its MyHealthCounts programme offering a discount of up to 15% for members who achieve a high "Q" score, calculated according to a number of health indicators.

Around 350,000 people in England have cardiovascular disease (CVD) without knowing it, according to the Care Quality Commission, the 'super regulator' of health and social care, which is calling for a renewed drive to cut deaths from the disease, currently responsible for one in three deaths in England.

While the government has already met its target of cutting total deaths among people under 75 by at least 40% by 2010, the UK still has one of the highest CVD rates in Europe. The regulator is calling for measures to tackle the postcode lottery of prescribing, particularly in deprived areas.

Caused mainly by obesity and smoking, CVD costs the country more than 30bn a year. It is set to affect greater numbers of people with forecasters predicting that 90% of adults will be overweight or obese by 2050.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 09:49   Go To Top / FR Forum Home / #2
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Great post 7ven. Another wake-up call for the smoking community.

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