Different cultures may be more at risk of certain diseases due to cultural, genetic and social differences. Being aware of cultural health issues will allow you to take action to help reduce your risk. Find out more at Patient UK.
Use this Atlas of risk tool kit to determine your health risk adjusted to your age, sex and region:
Here are some examples of specific cultural health risks.
For more information about Asian health see these websites:
For more information on African health see these websites:
To remain healthy during Ramadan, normal quantities of food from the major food groups: bread and cereal, milk and dairy product, fish, meat and poultry, bean, vegetable and fruit should be consumed. In view of the long hours of fasting, you should consume the complex carbohydrates’ or slow digesting foods so that the food lasts longer (about 8 hours) making you less hungry during the day. These complex carbohydrates are found in foods that contain grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour, and unpolished rice. For more information and advice on Ramadan health see these websites:
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, the important thing to remember is that you need to eat a balanced diet to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs.
See these websites for more information and advice:
- NHS choices – Vegetarian and Vegan health
- Vegan Society
- Vegetarian Diet Healthy Eating Guide
- Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation
Cultural Clothing and Health
Lots of Clothing
Cultures that wear a lot of clothing which covers the majority of their body are more at risk of Vitamin D deficiency.
Cultures that wear less clothing so exposing more skin are more at risk of skin sun damage. See our skin health page for more information on sun health.
- Heart disease
- Cancer (lung, prostrate and colon)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Heart disease
- Cancer (bowel, breast)