One in two people are putting their health in jeopardy by delaying important health checks, a new survey has warned.
A study from Laya Healthcare found that fear, anxiety about costs, and a lack of access awareness are all reasons why people avoid getting evaluations for problems.
One in five said they turned off the health monitor for fear of discovering health problems.
And an additional one in three people who participated in the autopsy discovered a condition of which they were unaware.
Of those, 40% had a long-term health problem and 25% said their condition could be terminal if not identified.
The study results are revealed as part of Laya Healthcare’s campaign to raise awareness of the importance of preventive health screening.
Commenting on the study results, Sinéad Proos, Head of Health & Wellness at Laya Healthcare, said: “The study shows that the majority of Irish people believe that getting a check-up is important but there are barriers to it. difference and permanence to participation remains.
“By highlighting the important health checks that we should all have at different age milestones, we wanted to break down some of these barriers and increase engagement with screenings. important and potentially life-saving.
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“It can be a challenge for people to grasp the different types of preventive health screening options available, and more importantly, to accommodate them.
“Taking care of your health from a preventive perspective can be as simple as going to your GP for a checkup or stepping on a scale and going online to calculate your BMI. What we want is for the public to get into the habit of examining different factors of their health throughout their lives. ”
Laya’s HeartBeat Heart Test checks BMI and blood pressure. Members can now book tickets online through the app for biennial heart monitors from age 12 onwards.
Professor Carl Vaughan, Consultant Cardiologist and Principal Cardiologist at Advanced Health Services, adds: “There are many reasons why people choose not to participate in preventive screening but what we do We see every year the power of finding health conditions as early as possible in order to get the best possible outcomes.
SIMPLE FIRST STEPS
“Fear of the unknown is natural and something we can all understand but people shouldn’t be afraid to look for something early because it gives us the best chance of getting ahead. through a problem.
“An important first step is to educate yourself about what testing steps are important to you and how you can get started.
“This can be as simple as stepping on a scale, having your heart checked, sharing a family history with your doctor, or a simple blood test.
“By taking the time to consider your health now, you’re investing in a healthier and brighter future.”
Meanwhile, experts say high cholesterol can be addressed through diet and lifestyle changes.
The researchers also found that tea and coffee, as well as other everyday foods, can be surprising. Health benefits.
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