Derby City Council’s Livewell service is urging local residents in Derby to get their blood pressure checked for free as part of Know Your Numbers! Week – the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country.

Advisors from Livewell – the Council’s free healthy lifestyle service, will be hosting the Pressure Stations at Tesco, Asda and Morrisons from Monday 18th – Sunday 24th September. They will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately.

Livewell’s free blood pressure checks are at:

  • Tesco, St Peter’s Street on Monday 18th September, 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tesco, Mickleover on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th September, 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Asda, Spondon on Thursday 21st September, 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Morrisons, Derby on Friday 22nd September, 9.00am – 5.00pm

This comes as charity, Blood Pressure UK cautions that ignoring health warnings, particularly about poor diet and excess salt intake, is leading more young people to develop hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) – putting them at risk of having an early stroke.

Unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet are contributing to more people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension. Around one in three people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure (the single biggest cause of death) – however 6.5 million people still remain diagnosed.

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care says:

“The message to Derby residents is to take charge of their health and get their blood pressure checked free of charge at one of our Pressure Stations. Blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Shefalee Loth, Nutritionist at Blood Pressure UK says:

“Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in younger patients with high blood pressure, often as a result of too much salt and poor diet. If you start making small changes to your lifestyle when you are young, such as eating less salt, more fruit and vegetable, taking more exercise and keeping to a healthy weight, you will stay healthier and prevent strokes and heart disease.”

For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! visit the Blood Pressure UK website.

Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Top five tips for a healthy blood pressure’:

  1. Cut down on salt – Reducing your salt intake it the quickest way to lower your blood pressure. Don’t add it when cooking or at the table, avoid using stock cubes, gravy and soy sauce, check food labels and avoid processed foods high in salt – aim to eat less than 6g a day.
  2. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – at least five different portions every day.
  3. Watch your weight – try to reach the right weight for your height.
  4. Exercise regularly – that doesn’t have to mean the gym, how about a regular lunchtime walk? 30 minutes five times a week is ideal. If you are unsure about taking up exercise, ask your GP.
  5. Drink alcohol in moderation – up to 14 units a week for both men and women – a glass of wine or a pint of beer is 2-3 units.