New research has revealed that almost half the nation feels they do not have sufficient knowledge of the risk of cardiovascular disease and what they can do to prevent it.
That’s according to the results of a new survey from Pharma Nord, which aimed to reveal awareness levels around heart disease. For example, two in 10 were unaware of the influence of type 2 diabetes and poor diet on the risk of cardiovascular disease and less than one third (30 per cent) of people said that they eat healthily to decrease the risk of becoming ill.
In addition, one in 10 were not aware of the impact of high blood pressure, smoking and cholesterol levels on heart health, while two in 10 were unaware of the risk of high alcohol intake.
Despite the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the UK, a worrying 39 per cent of people haven’t had their cholesterol levels checked in the last five years and 15 per cent are unaware if their blood pressure is healthy.
There is also need for greater awareness of the benefits of supplementation for heart health; 25 per cent of those surveyed are currently taking heart health supplements, ranging from Q10 and selenium to omega 3 and magnesium.