Welcome! 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 prevent now

4. Next actions?

[Time to read: 7 minutes]

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

  • Worried about getting covid-19 virus?
  • ‘What can go wrong will go wrong’. What are my biggest health risks over the next 10 years? What actions could I take?
  • One of our older family members gets out of breath too often?
  • What is meant by high blood pressure? How manage it
  • Diet to prevent diabetes? 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 – (in reply box at bottom of this page).

2. Why your own personal health plan?

If you want to prevent yourself, or your loved ones, getting serious long-term diseases, don’t wait! First, check which ones you are at risk of, in the next 10 years. Use our links to good risk checking tools in section 3 below for each of the 10 diseases listed there. Then look at possible actions you could take to reduce your health risks, also set out in section 3, below, and discuss with home carer and GP,

Amazing how many people have never had a cholesterol check or their blood pressure checked. This website gives links to diseases prevention actions, many from 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 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.

“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 one of the most deprived areas of England is expected to live 19 fewer years in “good” health than one born in one of the least deprived areas [53]. We all could help change these health differences! Have a look at Alicia’s story on video.

3. 10 diseases you could prevent now

  1. Guard Mental Health? If a worry, refer yourself or one your love to a local NHS psychological service (IAPT) for an early 5-minute test, without bothering your GP.
  2. Prevent Heart diseases? Some can get a NHS Health Check to measure their risk and help change lifestyle, or do it yourself here.
  3. Blood Pressure problems? Best overall health check. NHS Health Check programme if you can. If not, here are Six ways to reduce high blood pressure, half risk of heart diseases, avoid strokes and later dementia. Also extra ways to cut blood pressure without drugs
  4. Pneumonia? Two vaccines available.
  5. Prevent Diabetes – 1 in 3 adults in England has ‘pre-diabetes’ [19]. Use pre-diabetes to help avoid diabetes.
  6. Stress problems? Regular exercise helps reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing. 12 extra ways to cut blood pressure without drugs.
  7. Shingles? After chickenpox, a virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and can reactivate 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 2 people will develop a cancer during their life. Women and men can each be screened for several types of cancer. Some cancers can be screened with a home test kit. Simple changes to lifestyle can significantly reduce your risks.
  10. 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 local services, such as lifestyle changes, alcohol reduction services, manage blood pressure.

4. Next actions

  1. Check your risks of long-term diseases, by using risks links in diseases listed above.
  2. Get 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.

page updated 25 Oct. 2020. © 2020 social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.