Are we prescribing chemical substances for illnesses that are created by lifestyle?
The primary conditions/diseases highlighted in the tables above are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, acid reflux. Alongside type 2 diabetes each is considered symptomatic of our lifestyle. (Note: there are some people who are genetically predisposed and therefore medicating is the sensible preventative option).
Evidence shows that if we were to reduce stress, improve nutrition with home cooking, choose fresh produce, increase hydration, and move more, we may reduce our need for medication that is costing the NHS over £333m per annum in England. (Please note we do not recommend that reducing medication without discussing with a medical practitioner) .,
Is it fair to conclude that we have a responsibility to look after our own health and wellbeing to actively reduce this burden on our health service?
If the answer is YES then choosing to take action is the first step.