HEALTH AND WEALTH – INSEPARABLE
IF, LIKE EDITOR MARC ASHTON, you find yourself surviving on a staple diet of Bovril on white bread and energy drinks at your desk, you need to be aware that you are jeopardising your investment in medical insurance.
According to recent research from the British Medical Journal, a healthy lifestyle coupled with a bit of exercise can make a material difference to your long-term health. Bloomberg notes that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, killing at least 17m people a year, with fatalities predicted to rise to more than 23m by 2030, according to the World Health Organisation. Research from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that heart disease and strokes can be reduced by simply cutting down on alcohol and adopting healthier lifestyle habits. As the graphs from Discovery Vitality on page 12 show, unhealthy lifestyle choices are going to be a major killer over the next 10 to 20 years.