South Asian health

South Asian health issues

If you are of Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan or Pakistani origin you may have a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes than the general population. Find out how to keep healthy.

Why body shape matters

As your waist grows so do certain health risks, and the risks are higher for people of south Asian origin.

'Diabetes and me'

Surjeet Soin talks about his life with type 2 diabetes, and how he keeps healthy by exercising and eating well.

10 tips for a healthy diet

South Asian health expert and cardiologist Dr Justin Zaman shares 10 tips for healthier eating.

Paan, bidi and shisha

Paan, bidi and shisha all have health risks. Get help quitting using these leaflets in Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Gujarati.

Aftab Sarwar

'I took up running after losing a friend'

Father-of-two Aftab says he discovered running after losing a close friend through a heart attack.

Top 10 healthy heart tips

Heart disease can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Find out the top 10 ways to a healthy heart.

Black and south Asian kidney health

If you're black or south Asian, you have a higher risk of kidney disease. Find out whether you should be tested.

Keloid scars and hypertrophic scars

Raised, shiny scars are known as keloid scars. Find out who gets them and how they're treated.

Ramadan health FAQs

Your health questions about fasting during the holy month of Ramadan are answered here.

The 10,000 steps challenge

Walking 10,000 steps a day can build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart.

Gym-free exercises

Cheap and easy ways to improve your fitness without a gym, including walking, running, dancing, swimming and cycling.

Diabetes and your heart

People with diabetes have a high risk of heart disease, but there's a lot they can do to lower the threat.

How to look after your feet if you have diabetes

Foot health is vital for people with diabetes. Find out how to look after your feet and when to get help.

Diabetes and eyesight

Blood vessels in the retina of your eye can bleed, become leaky or grow haphazardly. This can prevent light being detected on the retina or even reaching your retina. If left untreated, it can damage your vision. In this video, an expert explains how diabetes can affect your vision and the possible treatments for it.

Media last reviewed: 14/07/2015

Next review due: 14/07/2017


'We only have one life'

Find out how Bala has made lifestyle changes since his NHS Health Check that have brought down his cholesterol and blood glucose levels

Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

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Katak dancing

Getting the exercise we need can be a challenge and people from some cultures can find it particularly hard. Find out how one enterprising group is keeping fit through Southeast Asian Katak dancing.

Media last reviewed: 29/09/2014

Next review due: 29/09/2016

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Living with diabetes

How to live healthily with diabetes, including advice on diet and lifestyle

Healthy Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to give your body a health check. Find out how.

Skin-lightening creams

Don't put your health at risk with over-the-counter creams that claim to lighten skin. They could contain illegal ingredients and damage your skin

Healthy hearts

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the UK. Find out what to do to keep your heart fit for purpose

Health and fitness

Boost your health and fitness with fun and practical ideas to get active and improve your general health

Lose weight

Weight loss resources to help you lose weight healthily, including the NHS 12-week diet and exercise plan