April is ‘Health Spring Clean’ month!

This month, Warwickshire County Council is encouraging residents to take control of their health by getting any areas of concern or risk checked.

While living a balanced and healthy lifestyle is the best way to stay well for longer, there is no way to completely prevent the risk of developing conditions such as cancer, diabetes or dementia.

So the council is reminding adult residents to take up offers of health checks or screening from GPs.

Understanding the risk of developing diabetes and making lifestyle changes to lower the risk of developing the condition can positively impact an individuals’ health.

A healthy active lifestyle is the first place to start when looking to lower the risk, however, there is plenty of support available to help you to understand the risk and make changes.

Screenings for cervical, breast and bowel cancer are routinely offered to adults by the NHS, while everyone between ages 40 and 75 is encouraged to take up a free health check from their GP every five years.

Health checks are designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

When people become eligible (usually based on their age), they will receive a letter inviting them to attend or book a screening or health check.

If there are no additional concerns, residents don’t need to go for a screening or health check until they are invited. However, if there are symptoms or family history of a condition, the council recommend a chat to their GP about getting tested sooner.

For more information about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, go to https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/health

For more information about health checks for people aged 40-74, go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/

Find out more about cervical screening by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/

Find out more about breast cancer screening by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/

Find out more about bowel cancer screening by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/

Find out more about preventing or managing diabetes by visiting

www.diabetes.org.uk


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