Lifestyle Changes Could Prevent 100,000 Early Deaths Say NICE
The National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) has said that two thirds of deaths in people under 75 could be avoided if the population adopted healthy lifestyle advice. New guidance to local authorities focuses on actions that can be taken to reduce early death, address lifestyle issues that lead to poor health, improve access to services, and to prevent unintentional injuries.
The document builds on existing guidance to local authorities and is part of a suite of briefing documents which NICE is providing. It has been developed with input from the Local Government Reference Group which comprises of councillors, officers and others with an interest in community health and wellbeing.
Early intervention is seen as a vital ingredient in preventing avoidable deaths as Professor Gillian Leng Deputy Chief Executive at NICE explained; “Taking early action to tackle issues such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and obesity could save about 103,000 people from dying early each year in England. This new briefing pulls together recommendations from a wide range of NICE guidance to help local government use effective practical ways to address the direct causes of illness and early death.”
Recommendations include ensuring that leisure and other services are affordable to communities, introducing population wide programmes that address local health inequalities, and creating safe spaces for physical activity.
Social factors also play a prominent part with NICE estimating that people on low incomes are three to five times more likely to die from conditions caused by alcohol misuse such as chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.
You can view ‘Tackling the causes of premature mortality’ HERE