Of the hundreds of thousands of annual deaths, most are preventable through early interventions. Most of the deaths are as a result of lifestyle choices. And by limiting some of the harmful habits that have slowly become part of our lives, these deaths can be avoided. Here are the major causes of death in the UK at present:
Almost seventy thousand people die each year owing to complications from this disease. It takes place when vessels leading to the heart get clogged by minerals or fatty molecules. The heart is thus unable to get enough oxygen and nutrients.
Risk factors of this ailment include binge drinking and having high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol. Unlike the common perception, this disease also occurs in the younger generations. It is therefore essential to seek medical advice where you get any symptoms as to this. Exercising, eating healthy, and quitting smoking are how you can reduce your risk of this disease.
Cancer is responsible for close to a third of all recorded deaths in the UK. According to studies, one in three people is likely to suffer a type of cancer during their life. And at present, there are more than 200 known cancer types. Most deaths are as a result of lung, bowel, prostate, and breast cancer. According to studies, genes have a lot to do with cancer. However, people can reduce their health risks by making changes in their lifestyle. From giving up smoking and junk foods to shading yourself from the sun, there is a lot that can help you fight this disease.
This disease is quite extensive, but the two main conditions under it are asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to statistics, at least three people die of asthma-related conditions each day in the UK. Thus, it is one of the leading causes of death in the country. COPD is likely to occur in smokers as well as in people with exposure to chemicals and fumes. It kills at least twenty thousand people each year. A way to reduce your risk of lung disease is to avoid smoking. Taking vitamin D supplements also helps.
A stroke takes place where the blood supply to the brain stops taking place. If this happens, you are likely to change your manner of movement, thinking, and feeling. Anyone can get this disease, but some people are predisposed to it. Examples of those at high risk include people with diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol and those with atrial fibrillation. Lifestyle plays a significant role in the occurrence of this disease.
Obese people, heavyweight drinkers and those with undiagnosed infections are the most likely to suffer from this disease. Having awareness as to the number of drinks you have will enable you to be safe from it.
All these diseases are preventable by taking various measures. It starts with one glass of water, one fruit, and one less cigarette. Start today, repeat tomorrow, and it soon becomes a habit.