I’m very lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country. Where pollution isn’t too much of a worry, crime is low and it’s generally a pretty laid back way of life. I’ve made a conscious decision to stay in the county in which I did most of my growing up and raise my children based on all these factors.
Having spent 10 of my earliest years in the suburbs of the stunning city of Chester, I was all too aware of the dangers of city living, our car was stolen from our drive, there was a lot more traffic pollution and I remember not having the freedom which I gained from moving to a little village on the east Devon coast and taking into consideration that where you live affects your health.
I’ve also made a few lifestyle changes since hitting the big 4-0 last year, I’ve given up meat, set myself up on an exercise challenge, to raise money for a small but deserving charity (MAMA Academy of you’d like to donate and spur me on! Sales pitch over, close tags) and am attempting to be more organised to alleviate stress as well as making sure I am looking after number 1 . And it’s all going pretty swell.
Or so I thought.
But according to The Daily Mail , who used the Benenden Risks by region tool, there is a link to where you live and how it affects your health risks. For example, Devon ranks 12th out of 71 counties across England and Wales for risk of a medical condition in Females, with Skin Cancer topping the list. So from that information, it appears that there is more I should be doing to ensure I live a long and happy life, which in this instance is using a high factor sunscreen and moving to neighbouring Cornwall who rank 69th!
I’m pretty good at making sure I am safe in the sun, being a freckled Freida I do tend to burn before tanning, and red just isn’t my colour. But by having a statistic to remind me, I’ll be extra vigilant with both myself and my family from now on.
The tool also allows users to understand the regional differences between the sexes. If you are a woman, you are 21% more likely to be at risk of breast cancer if you live in Cheshire compared to women who live in Cambridgeshire. And if you’re a female in Cornwall, you are 14% less likely suffer from heart disease than a woman in Merseyside.
The information you can find using the ‘Risk by Region’ tool is designed to raise awareness of the higher risk of medical conditions in your area so you can take a more informed view of your approach to your health and lifestyle. And that’s exactly what I will be doing. (It doesn’t make assumptions on your current lifestyle – instead it uses national statistics to build the picture of varied risk across the country which is worth bearing in mind.)
So if you too are looking to introduce a healthier lifestyle for 2016, then it is worth checking out the health risks in your part of the country and seeing if there are extra factors which you can bring into your healthy living plan.
And if like me, you’re a lucky lady living in Devon, then it seems all those delicious cream teas we’re scoffing aren’t so bad on your health after all.
You must however, stay out of the sun!
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