Whilst you can see that there are a few non- modifiable risk factors, which are out of our control, there are many more modifiable risk factors that we can do something about to lower our risk of developing health conditions. By identifying any risk of diseases through a health check and understanding your health numbers, you’ll be able to discuss with your health professional what changes you can make to your lifestyle to impact your health for the better.
For example, if during a health check you find out that your blood sugar levels are higher than they should be, meaning you’re at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, you can make lifestyle changes to bring your blood sugars into a healthier range. During your health check, you can talk with the doctor about the best next steps and changes you can make, such as getting more active and improving your sleep.
Identify any issues early with regular health checks
Over 95% of the world’s population has health problems of some kind, with over a third having more than five ailments according to The Lancet2. In the UK alone, research suggests that for every 110 people having a health check, one person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, whilst one in every 256 people checked are diagnosed with a kidney disease3. Having something flagged during a health check is an important part of keeping your health, in check – knowing any health problems early on and being proactive with your health, gives you the potential to live longer and in a better quality of health.
Whilst we can’t live completely risk free when it comes to our health, we can at least do our best to reduce these risks. With or without a health check, you can kick start a healthier lifestyle today.
If you’d like to know more about what happens in a health check, take a look at our Health Checks by age article .
1. Reasons why people do not attend health checks: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis https://bjgp.org/content/68/666/e28