Seven top ways to avoid cardio-metabolic diseases
Eat salt sparingly
Salt is a huge contributor to hypertension. Use very little in cooking — a teaspoon a day — and none at the table.
Eat fat sparingly
Avoid fried and deep-fried food. Fried food is associated with greater risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Eat fruit and vegetables Try to consume at least five a day. This may help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and some cancers.
Be active for at least 30 minutes on most days. This can include walking briskly, gardening, dancing or climbing stairs.
Lose the booze
Limit alcohol intake to one or two standard drinks per day, with meals.
Do not smoke
Smoking damages your heart and circulation, and increases your risk of stroke or heart disease.
Stress is linked to high blood pressure, heart problems, obesity and diabetes.