Health awareness: Blood pressure & obesity

Throughout this month we are highlighting the importance of blood pressure checking and obesity:

Blood pressure

Good blood pressure control is key to reducing cardiovascular morbidity, especially in patients with other risk factors and co-morbidities. Chief amongst these is diabetes. Patients and, to some extent clinicians, still think of diabetes in terms of blood sugar control but cardiovascular risk reduction is more important.

NHS Choices - Interactive Tools, Smartphone Apps and Podcasts

There are a wide range tools available for you from NHS Choices, including a tool to help understand what your blood pressure means, a calorie checker for over 150,000 food and drinks and a 12-week PDF weight loss guide combining advice on healthier eating and physical activity.  To see these and more tools go to

British Heart Foundation - 10 minutes to change your life - High Blood Pressure guide

A simple guide is available from the British Heart Foundation those who have been told they have high blood pressure or are at risk of getting it.  The guide includes an explanation of what blood pressure is, what can cause it and how they can lower it (including a planner to track their salt and alcohol intake and physical activity).  To download the guide or to share the link with your patients and their carers please click here:


The term 'obese' describes a person who's very overweight, with a lot of body fat. It's a common problem in the UK that's estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 10 to 11.

There are many ways to define obesity; a person's health in relation to their weight or, the most widely used method, is body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of whether you're a healthy weight for your height. You can use the BMI healthy weight calculator to work out your score.

If you would like to read more, including very overweight children: advice for parentstreating obesity and help finding weight loss support.

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