GPs to give de­men­tia risk ad­vice

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Giles Sheldrick

DOC­TORS will now give pa­tients ad­vice on how to slash the risk of de­vel­op­ing de­men­tia as part of rou­tine health checks.

More than half of adults say the de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­ease is one of their big­gest wor­ries.

But health bosses say GPs will now in­clude de­men­tia ad­vice in the NHS Health Check for adults aged 40 to 74 in Eng­land. Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Health Steve Brine said: “Early de­tec­tion and pre­ven­tion are vi­tal to the health of our na­tion and our pro­grammes in this area are among the most am­bi­tious in the world. Our aim is to keep ev­ery­one as healthy as pos­si­ble, for as long as pos­si­ble, which is why we are in­tro­duc­ing ad­vice on de­men­tia pre­ven­tion as part of our free health checks.”

Dun­can Sel­bie, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Pub­lic Health Eng­land said: “The NHS Health Check is one of the largest pub­lic health pre­ven­tion pro­grammes in the world. It’s free and fast, and ef­fec­tive – just 15 min­utes that could add years to your life.”

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