Latest data from NHS England indicate that less than half of the individuals aged ≥40 years eligible for a dementia-reducing NHS health check have actually taken it.
A 20-minute evaluation looks for potential cardiac issues, type 2 diabetes and renal disease to help prevent the development of dementia, particularly vascular dementia, which results from impaired blood supply to the brain. NHS England has revealed that of the 15 million eligible individuals, only a small proportion have undergone the assessment in the last 5 years.
NHS England is offering the health check in its bid to improve early diagnosis of dementia. All individuals aged 40-74 years without pre-existing health conditions are eligible to receive the health check once every 5 years.
James Waterall, the programme leader at Public Health England, said: "The NHS health check looks at the top causes of premature death and ill health but more importantly supports people to take action of reducing their risk of preventable conditions such as dementia and heart disease."