The benefits of understanding your health status

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Randox Health believe in takin a proactive approach to health – making it their mission to deliver accurate and informative preventative health directly to consumers, all the while helping to relieve some of the strain felt by the health service.

More than 4.3 million people in the UK now live with diabetes. Additionally 850,000 people could be living with diabetes who are yet to be diagnoses. (Diabetes UK)

The Office for National Statistics also estimated that one in nine adults – equating to more than five million people – have non-diabetic hyperglycemia, or ‘pre-diabetes’. Making it one of the most common conditions that people live with – most people with diabetes, with the right medication and management, can live completely unencumbered lives and new technologies are making it even simpler. However, if the right care is not provided, diabetes can increase your risk of several serious complications.

Journalist, Matt Rudd, with a group of colleagues from The Times, UK, recently undertook the Randox Health Vital test – which allows you to understand your health baseline by reviewing vital health areas that could increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.

Matt described the test as ‘making sense’, “…even though most cases (of type 2 diabetes) are linked to poor diet and obesity those people in the undiagnosed category are likely to be slimmer, younger and in good general health.”

Understanding your health data is vital in helping you to not only feel your best but can also help to prevent illness and reduce your risk of common conditions. The Randox Health Vital health check provides insight into four essential health areas and provides key data empowering you to take control of your health:

  1. Personal measurements including blood pressure and body composition are measured, If left unmanaged, high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
  2. Heart Health – find out if your levels of both good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol/ HDL Ratio – higher than normal levels of LDL cholesterol may make you more likely to have heart problems or stroke.)
  3. Diabetes Health – HbA1c levels are measured to provide an overall picture of average blood sugar levels over a period of weeks/ months. HbA1c levels can be used to indicate prediabetes or diabetes.
  4. Full blood count.

The easy-to-interpret report from this Health test will provide a breakdown of results, what they mean and next steps.

By finding out if you are at increased risk of conditions such as those that the Vital package tests for, you can choose to make lifestyle changes to help improve your risk of these potentially devastating conditions.

Medical director for Randox Health, Dr. Gary Smyth provided the following comments for the Times article.

“I believe we should be screening more widely. As the adage goes, prevention is better than a cure. We’re not talking about eradicating type 2 diabetes, but we know it’s am entirely preventable disease with the correct lifestyle choices. It’s depression that there isn’t a system to test more people at a younger age.”

To read the full Times article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/35d441ef-49fa-4b1a-978b-13792123cde9?shareToken=6f1dbe1f2bf3e591663f0c240d92c9ae

 


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