A health assessment at this stage of life can assist patients to make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease.
A chronic disease or condition is one that has been, or is likely to be present for at least six months, including (but not limited to) asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, a mental health condition, arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition.
The decision that a patient is at risk of developing a chronic disease is a clinical judgment made by the GP. However, at least one risk factor must be identified. Risk factors that the GP may consider include, but are not limited to:
• Lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition or alcohol use;
• Biomedical risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, impaired glucose metabolism or excess weight; and
• A family history of a chronic disease.
If you have not had a health check and wish to have one, please tell the reception when you book the appointment enabling them to book for a long appointment.