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It's National Heart Month... Read about the occasion, conditions, dieting, and more

Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, February is National Heart Month and brings with it awareness that 2.6 million people are living in the UK with Coronary Heart Disease. Having a heart condition can affect all areas of your life, such as work, family, travel, sex, driving, and even just simply daily tasks such as moving around your home or getting dressed. National Heart Month encourages heart-healthy living and awareness for cardiovascular diseases.

Heart and circulatory conditions

Heart and circulatory conditions affect people of all ages and from all walks of life. But despite progress, there is still so much to discover to beat the world’s biggest killers. In the UK, someone dies from a heart or circulatory condition every three minutes. Whether it's losing a loved one to sudden cardiac arrest or coping with the devastating impact of heart failure, far too many of us have felt the pain of heart and circulatory conditions. But with your help, we can give more hearts a chance.

Each day your heart beats approximately 100,000 times, pumping 23,000 litres of blood around the body and it is a vital part of your cardiovascular system. Problems with this system can take many forms but the most common issues are heart attack, stroke, and angina.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) can include illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and other blood vessel diseases. Unfortunately, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity all increase your risk of CVD significantly. The commonly understood solution to these illnesses is a change in lifestyle. Yes, that means moving more and, for most people, losing some weight.

Weight of the Nation

Research by the team at The 1:1 Diet has revealed that there has been a universal mental shift, as many of us continue to focus on ourselves and our wellbeing. For two thirds of people (66%), this centres on the desire to bring down the number we see when we step onto a set of scales, by - on average - two stone.

Read Weight of the Nation 2024 report

The research - drawn from the Weight of the Nation 2023 report - polled over 3,000 people across the UK and Ireland. It found that 21% of those polled have high blood pressure, 19% have high cholesterol and worryingly, 4% are suffering with heart disease and heart attacks. What’s more, 22% have been told by a doctor to lose weight for health reasons, and with 77% of the nation feeling ‘stuck in a rut’ when it comes to weight loss, now is the time to instil hope for those about to embark on their life-changing journey.

Heart conditions and diabetes

Mark Gilbert, Nutritionist at The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, comments: “The results of this report are very concerning but The 1:1 Diet can provide a healthy, research-proven, nutritional solution. Our diet has been shown to help reverse diseases such as diabetes, prediabetes (which over half the overweight, 40+ population has) and high blood pressure, along with substantial weight loss – all of which are significant risk factors for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the UK.”

Inspired to kickstart your own weight loss? Find a 1:1 Diet Consultant today.