THE NA­TION’S HEALTH CHECK 2017

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50% of peo­ple now sur­vive can­cer for at least 10 years. An­nual deaths from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease – which in­cludes stroke, heart at­tack and heart fail­ure – have halved in the last 50 years. Life ex­pectancy is at its high­est ever, and a 65-year-old woman can ex­pect to live to 86. Rates of cer­vi­cal can­cer are at their low­est for 50 years. The num­ber of adults with di­a­betes has risen by more than 1.5 mil­lion in a decade. There are now 4.5 mil­lion peo­ple in the UK with di­a­betes – 90% of them type 2. On cur­rent pre­dic­tions, half of women, 60% of men and a quar­ter of chil­dren will be obese by 2050. In 1975, the av­er­age BMI was a healthy 23 – today it is 27, which is con­sid­ered over­weight. By 2050, an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance will be a greater health threat than can­cer, ex­perts pre­dict. A third of us now get by on five to six hours’ sleep a night, and nearly three-quar­ters sur­vive on seven hours or less. One in 10 adults takes med­i­ca­tion for a men­tal health prob­lem and one in five has thought of tak­ing their life at some point**.

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