A major new report sends a stark warning to the government that rising ill health from cholesterol-related cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) will undermine its plans for people to work for longer. The result may be a crisis in the increased pension and NHS costs of an aging population.
The report, from cholesterol charity H·E·A·R·T UK, entitled Cholesterol and the Ageing Population; Avoiding the Crisis in Health and Pension Costs has been funded by means of an educational grant provided by Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited and Schering-Plough Limited. The report shows:
It is estimated that over two-thirds of UK adults have cholesterol levels higher than recommended healthy levels. For most people, unhealthy levels of cholesterol can be avoided simply by maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
The report identifies:
Professor Andrew Neil, chairman of H·E·A·R·T UK, said: "In recent years, the NHS has made fantastic improvements in preventing deaths from heart disease. But the number of people developing and living with heart disease is spiralling, and the result is our government is sleepwalking into a potential health and pensions crisis."
The report recommends four areas of immediate action for Government:
Download the report at www.heartuk.org.uk
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