Persons aged between 40 and 74 are eligible for a free NHS Health Check, with a view to early identification and / or prevention of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease etc. In practice, statistics show that roughly 7.15 million people have had the free health check in England since 2013, despite 15 million people being eligible. The reduction of risk factors for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, dementia and type 2 diabetes is clearly advisable for improving individual and public health.
Patients receiving the NHS Health Check may get personalised advice on reducing lifestyle-related risks by improving diet, exercising more, weight loss , reducing alcohol consumption and stopping smoking.
“Attending a free NHS health check is a great opportunity to discuss existing health conditions, and to work out how to reduce the risk of developing dementia and other illness in the future”. Alistair Burns: National Clinical Director for Dementia and older People’s Mental Health at NHS England.
Minority take up ‘life-saving’ free health check. London: BBC Health News, December 31st 2018.
This relates to:
Spotting heart problems early could prevent dementia in tens of thousands. [Online]: NHS England, December 31st 2018.
A broad estimate of potential benefit:
“For every 2% reduction in the number of people experiencing stroke or other heart problems there are around 10,000 fewer dementia cases later in life.” (Unattributed).
Public Health England and the National CVD Prevention System Leadership Forum pursue a similar awareness campaign:
‘Know your cholesterol like you know your Pin code’. London: BBC Health News, February 14th 2019.
This relates to:
Ambitions set to address major causes of cardiovascular disease. [Online]: Public Health England, February 14th 2019.
“The NHS Long Term Plan has a target to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and cases of dementia within 10 years”. Matt Hancock, Health Secretary.
Health Matters: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease
Health matters: preventing cardiovascular disease. [Online]: Public Health England, February 14th 2019.