NHS Health Checks
What are NHS Health Checks?
NHS Health Checks aims to help lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Everyone is at some risk of developing these four diseases. But by identifying that risk early and taking steps to reduce it can improve the chance of maintaining or improving health as we get older.
It’s for adults in England aged between 40 and 74 who haven’t already been diagnosed with any of those four diseases. In Slough, this is in fact offered from the age of 30 for people of South Asian origin who are at higher risk of developing these conditions.
Why are NHS Health Checks Important?
It is well known that the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease increases with age. There are also certain things that put us at even greater risk. These are:
- being overweight
- lack of exercise
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol.
Both men and women can develop these conditions, and having one could increase the risk of developing another in the future.
Once the NHS Health Check has shown the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease, the wellness coaches can help to find what can be done to reduce the risk. That may mean lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthier and balanced diet, stop smoking, cutting down on alcohol, or increasing the amount of physical activity.
What is available to me locally?
If you are a Health Professional please click here to refer.