Changes 'could help 250,000 people live longer'
08 June 2016 07:58
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An estimated 250,000 extra British residents can expect to live to normal lifespans if they change to healthier lifestyles, according to a new report.
Study author the Richmond Group says most of these people are men.
The charities partnership claims that UK women are set to hit the World Health Organisation's (WHO) target of reducing early deaths from normal conditions from 2010-2025 by a quarter. These include cancer, Type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, dementia and arthritis.
But the male population is on course to fall short unless they do something about it over the next 10 years, the report warns.
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What people can do to help them live longer
The Richmond Group says people can:
• stop smoking
• not consume alcohol to dangerous levels
• change to a healthier diet
• do more physical exercise
How Government interventions can improve lifestyles
The report author says that ministers could improve the nation's health by (estimated reductions in deaths between now and 2025 as a result in brackets):
• upping the cost of strong, cheap alcohol
• redesigning towns and cities to give cyclists and pedestrians priority
• launching a new tobacco tax (2,450)
• limiting alcohol advertising (78,000)
• lowering food portions, sugar and salt (26,000)
What the experts say
Richmond Group officials call the figures "shocking" and say that British people should be doing "much better" in preventing premature deaths.
Peter Scarborough, the study's main author, says Britons have made recent "great improvements" in altering their lifestyles and reducing instances of preventable chronic diseases.
But Dr Scarborough adds that the same time-scale has also seen concerning hikes in Type-2 diabetes and obesity rates.