Less than 1% of Population in Wales lead a healthy lifestyle

Weslh flag with doctor in front
A study into the effects of lifestyle on health, carried out over 35 years has revealed health habits in Wales have not changed. 2500 men in Caerphilly were tracked over the course of 35 years in the longest running health study of its kind. Caerphilly was chosen as it most accurately represented the diversity of population found all over the rest of Wales.

So What were the findings?

Unsurprisingly (for me anyway) the study found a link between unhealthy lifestyle and chronic disease. I think its great that modern medicine can finally recognise this fact. Its just a bit of a shame that it took a 35 year study to point out what may be obvious to any of us who try to engage in a healthy lifestyle. Anyway, I digress.

So what did the study consider a healthy lifestyle?

  • Regular Exercise
  • Eating a Balanced Diet
  • Not Smoking
  • Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight
  • Low alcohol intake

Unfortunately only 1% of the population follow this advice and enjoy the following benefits:

  • 70% less likely to develop diabetes
  • 60% less likely to have heart attacks and strokes
  • 40% less likely to have cancers
  • 60% less likely to suffer from dementia

So lets all get a bit healthier

Seems pretty compelling. What the report fails to mention is how good it feels to be healthy. To feel fit and healthy truly is wonderful.

One of the most compelling statements I read came from from Professor Peter Elwood from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

“What the research shows is that following a healthy lifestyle confers surprisingly large benefits to health – healthy behaviours have a far more beneficial effect than any medical treatment”

If you’re living in Swansea why not take a look at healthy things you can do in Swansea.

To read more about the Caerphilly Cohort study click here.