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How to achieve top marks in health

It’s time to crunch the numbers and find the answers that will empower you to develop a healthier lifestyle.

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is full of advice that can reshape your weight reduction plan and boost activity levels. Participants on the programme are in good company; more than half a million people have benefitted from the guidance since its launch.

Knowing the weight that you should ideally be for your gender and height is a useful starting point.

Being within the ideal weight range, eating healthier foods and exercising more are all achievable key factors in reducing your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

An ideal waist measurement for men would be less than 94 cm (37 inches), and for women it is below 80 cm (31.5 inches).

Most guides to ideal weight ratios use a graph that depicts the weight graduations from underweight to obese. Check your measurements to work out if you are in the ideal band, and if not, we have plenty of help on offer to become a healthier, happier you.

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is another important goal to feature in your fitness plan. The two important numbers to remember are systolic and diastolic pressure readings.

Systolic refers to the amount of pressure in the arteries during heart muscle contraction. Diastolic refers to the pressure when your heart muscle is between beats. The programme’s recommendation is to try and keep the level below 140 systolic/80 diastolic.

Being more active, reducing the salt in your diet and eating more fibre, ideally five portions of fruit and vegetables a day - will score you top marks and help you feel good.

Check out your Type 2 risk with a simple online calculation – a few figures could add up to a whole new you:


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