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.

'Diabetes and me'

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

Find out about fat

Learn about the different fats we eat and how to cut down on saturated fat such as ghee.

10 tips for a healthy diet

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

South Asian health: risks of being overweight

Find out how to reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes by losing weight.

Gym-free exercises

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

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.

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.

Why body shape matters

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

Healthy south Asian recipes

Recipes for turkey kebabs, paprika chicken and chickpea dahl from members of the south Asian community in Tower Hamlets.

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.

All other articles on South Asian health


Media last reviewed: 01/03/2013

Next review due: 01/03/2015


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

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