Risking Lycra stigma for better cardio health

IT'S PERHAPS not unexpected, as a middle-aged male GP with a bunch of middle-aged male patients who sometimes have a little too much around their middle.

Having recently finished some renovations, those little coloured squares on the cardiovascular risk calculator now always remind me of a Dulux paint colour chart. It would make for some interesting new colour options. Introducing the new Five Year Absolute Cardiovascular Risk indoor range – featuring thrombus orange and lacuna red.

Anyway, one of the stock bits of exercise advice I give to all my patients (glowing green through to stroke scarlet) is to

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