As well as measuring your risk of developing these health problems, you will also receive advice on how to prevent them. The risk level varies from person to person, but everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some types of dementia. Your NHS Health Check can detect potential health problems before they do real damage.
The health conditions picked up by the NHS Health Check are, when added together, the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the UK, with around 7 million people affected by them. In its first five years, the NHS Health Check is estimated to have prevented 2,500 heart attacks or strokes. This is the result of people receiving treatment after their NHS Health Check. The latest research suggests that: for every 27 people having an NHS Health Check, one person is diagnosed with high blood pressure, for every 110 people having a NHS Health Check, one person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, for every 265 people having a NHS Health Check, one person is diagnosed with kidney disease.