Why Every Man Over 40 Should Prioritise Getting an NHS Health Check
As we get older, taking care of our health becomes more important than ever. However, many men over the age of 40 tend to put off regular health check-ups until they experience symptoms or feel unwell.
Leaving it until symptoms appear may be too late to prevent or treat serious health conditions. That's why it's crucial for men aged over 40 to prioritise getting an NHS Health Check with Healthy Lifestyles Coventry.
What is an NHS Health Check?
It is a free health check-up provided by Healthy Lifestyles Coventry, designed to identify potential health issues early. During the check, a professional health coach will ask you about your medical history, family history, lifestyle habits, and any current symptoms or concerns. They will also measure the following health factors:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar levels
- Waist circumference
- BMI (body mass index)
Based on your results, you may be offered further tests or referred to a specialist for further assessment.
Who is eligible?
Individuals aged 40 to 74 years who live in Coventry and do not have a pre-existing cardiovascular condition are eligible for a free NHS Health Check every five years.
Getting an NHS Health Check can offer numerous benefits for men aged over 40, including:
- Early detection of potential health issues: By detecting potential health issues early, you have a better chance of preventing or treating them before they become more serious.
- Reduced risk of chronic diseases: Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, can be prevented or managed through lifestyle changes and early intervention.
- Access to health and wellbeing support: Based on your results, we may recommend a referral to services offering health advice and support to help you improve your health and reduce your risk of future health problems. Support could be to quit smoking or to be more active.
Common misconceptions or concerns men have about health checks:
NHS research reveals that some men may be hesitant to get a health check. Here are some common misconceptions and the truth behind them:
- "I feel fine, so there's no need for a health check-up." Even if you feel fine, it's still important to get regular health check-ups to detect potential health issues early. Many health conditions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can have no symptoms initially.
- "I'm too busy to make an appointment." An NHS Health Check only takes around 30-45 minutes and can be scheduled at a time that's convenient for you. Remember, investing in your health now can save you time and money in the long run.
- "I'm afraid of what they might find." It's natural to be anxious about the results of a health check-up. However, by detecting potential health issues early, you have a better chance of preventing or treating them before they become more serious.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, men who received a health check were:
- 5% more likely to quit smoking.
- 5% more likely to reduce their alcohol consumption.
- 9% more likely to increase their physical activity levels.
Additionally, many men who have received a health check reported feeling more empowered to take control of their health and make positive lifestyle changes.
If you're aged over 40, don't wait until it's too late to prioritise your health. Book your free NHS Health Check. Investing in your health now can help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
For more information about our clinics or if you would like to book an appointment, please contact the Healthy Lifestyles Team:
0800 122 3780