How long would you like to live?

How long would you like to live?

Research shows that the British, in comparison to many of their European counterparts will not live to a ripe old age.   The UK ranked 12th out of 19 countries of similar affluence in 2010.

It is true Britain has the NHS but we cannot nor should we depend upon it.  We should really be taking care of ourselves to avoid burdening the forever stretched health system.

There are a few things we can do to help ourselves, one of which is (don’t laugh) move to Japan.  The Japanese people have the highest healthy life expectancy in the world.  They are very regimented people they have regular health checks and noticeably pay very high attention to hygiene.  Topped off with their diet, the staple being rice with a lot of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.

Another very simple thing you can do to help yourself is to check your blood pressure.  You can do it easily yourself with an easy to use home system.  The ideal is 120/80, so you need to see your doctor if you hit around 140/90, it’s too high or 90/60, it’s too low.

We all know that we are what we eat, there’s a plethora of sensible information freely available.  Read it and do it.

Like food, take care what you drink.  Alcohol has a lot to answer for, just check out alcohol related deaths due to disease not even taking into account accidents.

Take up some form of exercise, you don’t have to start running marathons, just a brisk 30 minute walk per day would do it.

Try not to get stressed, not always easy these days I know.  If you pay attention to your diet, exercise enough, relax and sleep well, stress should be kept to a minimum.  Always relax in some way before you go to sleep, a nice film, bath or good old fashioned sex!

Last one, DON’T SMOKE, easy.

Information came from the Global Burden of Disease study of the institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle.

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