Lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes type 2 and cancer are increasingly very common in today’s society. In fact heart disease is the no. 1 killer of Irish women.
Theses diseases are directly linked to several risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, high consumption of alcohol and physical inactivity (Department of Health, 2013).
Although farming is traditionally associated with a healthy lifestyle, recent Irish research has showed that farmers are 7 times more likely to die from circulatory diseases than other occupation groups such as lower professionals, managers and skilled manual workers.