Free health checks are to take place in Epworth, and residents aged between 40 and 74 years-old are advised to take advantage of them.
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. However, the good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family.
Public Health has set up free NHS health checks across numerous locations throughout the year to help you be better prepared for the future.
The risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and kidney disease increases with age. Other factors to put you at greater risk include:
Lack of exercise
High blood pressure
Both men and women can develop these conditions. Even if you are feeling well, it is worth having an NHS health check now. The team can then work with you to lower your chances of developing these problems in the future.
The health check assesses your risk of developing type-two diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and stroke. It will take about 20 to 30 minutes and you will be asked some simple questions. For example about your family history and any medication you are currently taking.
The team will record your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity, then take your blood pressure and pulse, do a blood test and check your cholesterol level.
They will discuss how you can be supported to reduce your risk and stay healthy. You will be taken through your results and told what they mean, and given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Frances Cunning, Director of Public Health at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is important that people keep a close eye on their health as the majority of time, these conditions can be prevented. Don’t let it get too late, be proactive about your health and wellbeing. The health checks will only take about 30 minutes of your time and could ensure you have a healthy lifestyle for years to come. We have plenty of sessions planned throughout the year, so make sure you book an appointment and get your health checked.”
The next health checks are on:
Thursday 4 September at Alvingham Road Day Centre, Scunthorpe, from 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 9 September at Riddings Pool, Scunthorpe, from 10am to 4pm
Friday 19 September at Epworth Clinic, Moorland Way, Epworth, from 10am to 4pm
To book your place call 01724 292170. You can drop into any of the sessions, but there will be a wait.
People can participate if they don’t have any of the following conditions and haven’t had an NHS health check for five years:
Coronary heart disease or previous heart attacks
Stroke or mini stroke
Chronic kidney disease
Peripheral arterial disease and Atrial Fibrillation (AF)
High blood pressure
For more information about the NHS health checks, visit: www.northlincs.gov.uk/people-health-and-care/health-and-healthy-lifestyle/free-nhs-health-check/.