All those aged between forty and seventy four are entitled to a free health check on the NHS, an ‘MOT’. An NHS Health Coach is available in over fifty locations across the county to give you an up to date health screening which includes a simple blood test to check your cholesterol and asses your risk of some of the biggest preventable causes of early death. You will also receive personalised advice and additional support on how to maintain your health and well being by eating well, moving more, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking. You can also receive advice on how to lose weight. Over 16,000 people have already benefitted from this service across East Sussex.

This health check can tell you if you are at greater risk of developing certain health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or stroke. If you are over sixty-five you will also be informed of the signs and symptoms of early dementia. If you haven’t already been diagnosed with one of the illnesses mentioned above, you are entitled to this screening. All follow up tests and treatments are also free of charge and it is advised that you have follow up screenings every five years. The test takes about thirty minutes and as well as the blood test you will be asked some very simple questions about your lifestyle and family history. Your height, weight and blood pressure will be noted too.

After the test you will be given guidelines on how to prevent and reduce your risk of these preventable diseases. Helping to minimise your risk and detect any potential health challenges before they do any real damage. Each of the conditions that are looked for during this health check are known to be the biggest causes of preventable deaths in the UK, with around seven million people being affected by them. It is estimated that the scheme helped to prevent around 2,500 heart attacks or strokes in its first five years. All as a result of people receiving treatment after their checks. Of every twenty seven people attending the health checks at least one person is diagnosed with raised blood pressure and for every one hundred and ten people one person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and in every two hundred and sixty five people one person is discovered to be suffering from kidney disease.

Educating yourself these days has never been easier, but it is all too easy to get false information and find yourself confused by the things you read or hear about on social media and TV.  At the NHS Health Check, you will be given advice on how to maintain or achieve optimum health through diet and exercise and this information will be devised for you personally. Advice on how much exercise is correct for you and your health as well as how to lose weight sensibly and maintain that weight loss in the future.

The NHS Health Coaches have specialist knowledge and experience on how to change bad habits and show you how to become more active, pointing you towards suitable local activities in your area. You will be advised on how to change your eating habits, quit smoking and handle any problems you may have regarding alcohol consumption. 

What better way to start off the new year? 

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