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.

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.

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.

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.

Keloid scars

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

Eating a balanced diet

A healthy diet contains food from the major food groups to give us the energy and nutrients we need.

What's your BMI?

Are you a healthy weight for your height? Use this simple interactive tool to find out.

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.

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: 24/05/2016

Next review due: 24/05/2019

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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

Trying a skin-lightening procedure is a major decision. It can be expensive, time-consuming, and the results can’t be guaranteed

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

Fat: the facts

Find out about the role fats play in a healthy diet, including saturated fats and unsaturated fats

Lose weight

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