Although we’re legally required to MOT our cars and vehicles every year, there is no such requirement for our bodies. And yet, for adults aged between 40 and 74 there is a way to do that.
An NHS Health Check is free of charge and available to adults without pre-existing cardiovascular conditions. It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia as well as reducing the risk of developing these conditions by helping people take preventative steps.
So what happens at a Health Check? Continue reading
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It’s National Diabetes Awareness day on 14 November and what with the rise in obesity, no-sugar diets in the news and worries about what to do here is something you can do that only takes a couple of minutes.
Find out if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You can do this by visiting http://www.diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk.
Then read about Shirley Rose from Leeds she found out she was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes following a blood test carried out as part of an NHS Health Check at her GP practice. So what did Shirley do next? Continue reading
We’ve had a bit of a cold snap in the last couple of days, sunny days becoming frosty nights, it’s time to get out jumpers and fleecy tops. The flu season is upon us and some may well have already started sneezing and coughing. What can you do to protect yourself, your family, workmates and possibly the vulnerable people you work with?
Vaccines are one of the greatest public health innovations in recent history and no other medical intervention has done more to save lives. The flu vaccine has been proved to reduce the number of deaths and hospital admissions. Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you getting the flu. It’s not difficult to get a flu jab you can even get one while you’re doing your weekly shop in a supermarket so why are we all so reluctant? Read on to find out the answers to some common queries about the flu jab.
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This year Leeds is celebrating International Day of Older Persons with a number of different events based on this year’s theme: Age Friendly Leeds which will take place throughout Leeds between 30 September and 7 October.
The events are all for older people, some aimed at the general public and others are only for members of the host organisation.
Learn how to blow your own trumpet, try art sessions, craft sessions, exercise, be part of a photographic exhibition, remember the good old days and trip the light fantastic 60s and 70s style and show age is no barrier at an intergenerational event. Continue reading
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Tagged Age Friendly, awareness, celebration, choice, dignity, health and wellbeing, independent living, Older People, Support