Bucks residents aged between 40 and 74, are being encouraged to book a free NHS Health Check at their GP surgery.
The risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia increases with age. NHS Health Checks are designed to spot early signs of these serious conditions and give you personalised advice so you can lower your risk of serious health problems and enjoy a healthier life for longer.
Angela Macpherson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said:
“So many of us put off seeing a doctor for various reasons. The NHS Health Check is a quick and easy way for people over 40 to get a much-needed MOT and can help you to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and even certain types of dementia.
“We’re particularly encouraging men in their 40s and 50s to book themselves a 20-minute NHS Health Check, as from our experience, they are less likely to see a doctor until they are worried. Even 40 isn’t too young to detect health problems that often come without symptoms in the early stages and take control of your health.
“We promise there’ll be no lectures, embarrassing poking and prodding, or even the need to get undressed. Just a few straightforward checks, clear results, and simple changes, all within 20-30 minutes.”
The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall health. At your GP surgery it is usually carried out by a practice nurse or other healthcare professional. It can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:
The NHS Health Check takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The health professional will ask you some questions about your lifestyle and family history, measure your height and weight, take your blood pressure and do a cholesterol test.
The check is for people who are aged 40-74 who do not already have conditions relating to their heart or circulation (cardiovascular conditions), and who haven’t had a check in the last five years.
Find out more at buckinghamshire.gov.uk/nhs-health-check - including how to get one if you’re not registered with a GP surgery.