Britain’s Biggest Killers

Britain’s Biggest Killers

Are you at risk?

The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a look at Britain’s biggest killers. According to the BBC there are five main killers in the UK: heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, cancer and liver disease. We want to get you talking about these killers and your own health. You may want to improve your health, suffer with health issues currently, or be a parent wanting to protect the health of your growing children. Whatever you situation it’s important we recognize the diseases which could hugely affect or end our lives.

Heart Disease

Coronary Heart Disease is responsible for around £74,000 deaths each year and therefore it has become our biggest killer within the UK. Smokers, overweight people and people with high blood pressure are all at a higher risk. The Cheapest Life Insurance was staggered to find out around 200 deaths per day are caused by the condition. High blood pressure is more common than you think with about one in three adults suffering from the condition within Scotland and England. For more information on Heart Disease see: http://www.bhf.org.uk/#&panel1-1

Respiratory Diseases

Respiratory diseases include conditions such asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Shockingly England has one of the highest Asthma rates in the world. According to the BBC GP registers in 2008 suggested about 6% of people in England have Asthma. Danger of the disease comes from our continued levels of smoking which is still a part of millions of people’s lives with in UK. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease kills about 23,000 people in the UK per year.  For more information on Respiratory Diseases see: http://www.blf.org.uk/Conditions

Stroke

Suffering a stroke is the third biggest cause of death within England each year and responsible for a great cause of disability. With more than 150,000 in the UK suffering from per year it’s been found up to 10,000 of these could have been prevented if more people were aware of the symptoms and got faster treatment. For more information on Strokes see: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Cancer

The word Cancer is almost something we have become used to hearing as sadly one in 30 people living in the UK has cancer or is in remission. Men, women and children can be affected by the illness. It has been estimated by 2030 three million people in England will have had a form of cancer. There have been huge improvements in screening and early detection. Survival rates are also up. Once again cancer rates have shown links to unhealthy lifestyles including smokers and obesity. For more information on Cancer see: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/

Liver disease

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer of England has previously highlighted liver disease as an issue. With many people in England drinking more than is recommended deaths from 2000-2009 caused my liver disease and cirrhosis increased by 20%. There are 3 major causes of liver diseases and all of them are preventable. They are obesity, undiagnosed infection and excessive/harmful drinking. For more information on Liver Disease see: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

What can we do to fight these killers? Firstly, take a look at your lifestyle. It’s true that we can’t make ourselves immune from these diseases but we can certainly do things to reduce our risk of being diagnosed with a life threatening illness. People who are more at risk include smokers, overweight people and big drinkers.

Remember the internet can be a great resource if you want to find out more and your GP should be your first port of call if you suspect your may have one of these illnesses. Early detection could save your life. Take advantage of free screenings and regularly check your body to maintain your health.

Don’t put something priceless at unnecessary risk…look after your health.

 

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