British experts have revealed that there has been a steep rise in the number of people suffering from diseases caused by notorious lifestyles like poor diet, lack of exercise, and increase in alcohol consumption in the past five years. The figures released by the Information Centre, a body responsible for National Health Service (NHS) data, on Friday reveal that levels of diabetes have more than doubled in the last five years. The data also indicates more than one third rise in the number of people suffering from high blood pressure in the same period. While the number of people with epilepsy has increased by 15.6 per cent in the last five years, incidences of heart disease have risen by 6.2 per cent. A report in the Telegraph says that the rise in some of the diseases can be attributed to better screening and an ageing population. Various charities blame unhealthy diets and insufficient exercise for the increase in illness rates among large sections of the population, reports the newspaper. According to the Department of Health, 21.2 per cent of men and 21.5 per cent of women are now classified as obese. The newspaper report also suggests that the diabetes epidemic is being driven mainly by the increase in Type 2 diabetes, the form of the disease that is linked to poor diet and lack of exercise. Source: ANISRM/C << Teenage Breakdown Led Me to Where I Am: Drew Barrymore Mere Health Information may Not Be of Help to Bring Obese Ki... >> Recommended Reading Diet, Lifestyle and Heart Disease The correlation between diet, lifestyle and heart disease. The importance of balanced diet life style and exercise for controlling heart disease. READ MORE Obesity Obesity is a condition where there is excess accumulation of body fat which poses a risk to the health of the individual. It can affect children and adults. READ MORE Does Yoga help you grow Taller Yoga is one very effective exercise – to add a few inches to your height -- when done correctly and diligently. With yoga a person can cleanse oneself physically as well as improve their mental faculties. READ MORE Gardening and Horticultural Therapy for the Young and the Old Art of gardening can improve socializing and cognitive skills in children and elderly. As a therapy it benefits all, be it able or disabled, young or old. READ MORE Grow as tall as you want The mantra to increase your child’s height is by giving a nudge to your child’s Growth Hormone by ensuring a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep. READ MORE Grow Taller Are you worried that your child will be short - follow our five simple tips to ensure that your child's full height potential is realized. READ MORE The Better Flour - Refined Or Whole Wheat Flour! Whole wheat flour is rapidly gaining exposure for its rich nutritional value and being considered healthy, as opposed to all-purpose flour, maida. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Daily Calorie Requirements How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Accident and Trauma Care More News on: Ideal Baby WeightGrow TallerGrow as tall as you wantDoes Yoga help you grow TallerGardening and Horticultural Therapy for the Young and the OldThe Better Flour - Refined Or Whole Wheat Flour!