Why belly fat’s bad news for men

3rd July 2017

Move more, eat well and watch the booze.

This was the advice given to male health and social care workers attending health checks during Men’s Health Week, which ran from 12 to 18 June.

The sessions were organised by NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, Cheshire East Council and East Cheshire NHS Trust in support of their respective staff wellbeing programmes and in line with the Caring Together ambition to empower people to take good care of themselves.  The checks were carried out by Everybody Sport and Recreation, which delivers leisure services for the council.

Mens Health Week CCG session 2.06.17

THE PRESSURE’S ON: Alex has his blood pressure tested, watched by Jerry, left.

The focus of Men’s Health Week was belly fat, which is bad for your health and which men are more likely to have. Belly fat is a problem because it lurks not only on the surface but also gets down deep around your vital organs.  Regardless of your overall weight, a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of

  • cardiovascular disease
  • insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • colorectal cancer
  • sleep apnoea
  • premature death from any cause
  • high blood pressure.

The National Know Your Numbers campaign recommends:

  • blood pressure 120/80
  • total cholesterol less than 200
  • BMI 18.6 – 24.9.

Ten of the 50 people who had a health check signed up to an Everybody health programme. Staff having a check included CCG chief officer Jerry Hawker and finance director Alex Mitchell plus Mark Ogden, director of finance at the trust.

Click here for more information on health and wellbeing in Cheshire East.

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