Hi! Plan to prevent 10 diseases.

1. What matters to you & your family about your health?

2. Why your own personal health plan?

3. 10 diseases you could plan to prevent now

4. So, next actions?

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1. What matters to you & your family about your health?

Worried about getting covid-19 virus?

“What can go wrong will go wrong”. So, what are my biggest health risks over the next 10 years? What actions could I plan to prevent up to 10 diseases?

One of our older family members gets out of breath too often?

What is meant by high blood pressure? And how do I manage it?

Diet to prevent diabetes? Plus what if I’ve got pre-diabetes?

One of our older members has bad falls too often

How do we check heart health?

Tell us your own health question, if you wish – (use reply box at bottom of this page). We will reply!

2. Why your own personal health plan to prevent 10 diseases?

To prevent yourself, or your loved ones, getting serious long-term diseases, do not wait! First, check which diseases you are at risk of, in the next 10 years. To do this, you can use our links in section 3, below, to reliable risk checking tools for each disease. Then look at links to actions to reduce these health risks, discuss them with your home carer and doctor, and put them in your own health plan if you wish.

monitoring blood pressureAmazing how many people have never had a cholesterol blood test, nor checked their blood pressure. This website gives links to diseases prevention actions, many from the UK NHS, to put in your own health plan.

Put the prevention actions you decide in your own health plan, or the plans of family members.  Now you can plan your own better health online, and so avoid many visits to medical surgeries and hospitals where there may be viruses. In 2020 these easy to use digital tools have become very important — possibly life-saving.

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plan to prevent 10 diseases

This is a no-brainer,” Dr Michael Snyder, the director of the Centre for Genomics & Personalised Medicine at Stanford University, tells us. “Everyone already does home shopping. Why would we not do home healthcare? Why wait days to go to a doctor’s office where you can get a virus?”

A girl born in a deprived area of UK is expected to live 19 fewer years in “good health” than one born in a least deprived areas [evidence ref. 53]. We all could help change these health differences!

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3. 10 diseases you could prevent now

  1. Protect your Mental Health? If a worry, refer yourself, or one you love, to a local NHS psychological service (IAPT) for an early 5-minute test, without bothering your GP.
  2. Prevent Heart diseases? For this some can get a NHS Health Check to measure their risks and help change lifestyle. Or do it yourself with help here on your risks and prevention actions.
  3. Blood Pressure (BP) problems? A BP test is your best overall health check. Join NHS Health Check programme if you can. If not, look at your own risks and 6 ways to reduce high BP; cut in half your risk of heart diseases; avoid strokes and later dementia. Also extra ways to cut blood pressure without drugs.
  4. Prevent Pneumonia? Two vaccines available.
  5. Prevent Diabetes – 1 in 3 adults in England has ‘pre-diabetes’ [19]. Perhaps you can use ‘pre-diabetes’ to help avoid diabetes.
  6. Stress problems? Regular exercise helps reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing. And here are 12 extra ways to cut blood pressure without drugs.
  7. Shingles? After chickenpox, a virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and can re-activate later when your immune system has weakened. A shingles vaccine is available.
  8. Kidney diseases? For kidney screening, the NHS uses blood tests. Are yours marked ‘normal’?
  9. Prevent Cancers? 1 in every 2 people will develop a cancer during their life [Cancer Research UK, 2015]. Women and men can each be screened for several types of cancer, and more if pregnant. Some cancers can be screened with a home test kit. Simple changes to lifestyle can reduce your risks.
  10. Prevent Stroke? NHS Health Check is designed to spot early signs of stroke and other diseases, and helps find ways to lower risks, e.g. checking blood pressure is vital. Ask your GP about this. If you cannot get an NHS Health Check, you can all still benefit from an online stroke risk test. And use local NHS health services for prevention actions, such as lifestyle changes, alcohol reduction services, manage blood pressure.

4. pointing fingerSo, next actions?

  1. Check your risks of long-term diseases, by using risks links in diseases listed above.
  2. Get UK NHS and other trusted professional help with prevention actions, in guidance links above.
  3. , Decide on your actions, and put in your own draft plan to discuss with your doctors.

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