Do you take lifestyle risks, ones which ultimately could affect your mental and physical health? Are you easily led by the media and clever marketing without actually having awareness of the full facts about the daily risks you take? Do you ever stop to think and read labels and really consider what you are putting into your body.

The latest news about the COVID AstraZeneca vaccine and the link to blood clotting really made me think about risks we face in life in general. There are side effects and risks with all medications but they are calculated risks, fully tested and as safe as can possibly be. There are times when medication is essential in maintaining a quality of life but sometimes the need of medication can be prevented.

In 2017 the UK dispensed 1,105.8 million prescriptions. I wonder how many of these prescriptions are preventable if people make better choices.

Do you look after your own health both physically and mentally or do you take risks everyday without even thinking about the possible longer term impact?

Lifestyle Choices:-

  • SMOKING - In 2017/18 there were estimated to be 489,300 hospital admissions attributable to smoking.

  • Poor diet and nutrition are recognised as major contributory risk factors for ill health and premature death.

  • In 2018/19 there were 876 thousand hospital admissions where obesity was recorded as the primary or a secondary diagnosis.

  • There were 7,565 deaths related to alcohol-specific causes registered in the UK in 2019.

Some of your lifestyle choices could be putting you at risk but you have the choice to change. Physical activity contributes to a wide range of health benefits and regular physical activity can improve health outcomes irrespective of whether individuals achieve weight loss. A healthy diet is a proactive lifestyle choice to prevent the onset of lifestyle diseases and illnesses and the need to take medications which always come with warnings and side effects.

You only have one body to last your whole life so take good care of it.

If you need some guidance and motivation to make some changes in your life contact me and start your journey to a happier healthier life.

Stay safe and well.

Jane Turner


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