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“People don’t know how to tell how healthy they are!” says private health firm

Over HALF of Britons determine if they are fit by looking in the MIRROR

OVER half of Britons delude themselves into thinking they are fit and healthy by simply looking at their bodies in the mirror, a survey has revealed.

And 51 per cent of the population would only change their day-to-day lifestyle if they had a serious warning from their GP, the research found.

The study exposed UK adults’ misguided approach to health monitoring which appears to be based on us assuming we are fine as long as we look all right.

Source: Express, 15th November 2016

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People are terrible at judging how fit they are, preferring to look at themselves in the mirror (or, as in the case of the illustration in the article, to get their older sister to stand in her underwear on the other side of a hole in the wall, apparently). The finding that people can’t be trusted to keep care of themselves is useful, given that it comes from a private health firm:

The survey of 1,000 adults, commissioned by Bupa Health Clinics, found people in Bristol agonise for eight weeks before deciding to see a doctor by far the longest in the country.

Perhaps it’s time to stop agonising and to commit to seeing someone about that niggling health condition, right Bupa?

Philip Luce of Bupa said: “This research shows that despite the fantastic advances we’ve made in medicine Britons still take an age-old approach to their health.

“In fact, people are more likely to visit a doctor if they can see something unusual or different about their body than if they’ve been feeling unwell for a few days.

“I’d encourage people to check in on how they’re feeling more often, whether that’s a health check or a quick overview from day to day.”

And if you’re wondering where you can get one of those health checks done, I’m sure Bupa have some suggestions.

“Your body is older and closer to death than you think!” says private health firm

What’s your heart’s REAL age? Take this test to find out, as doctors warn most of us are old before our time…

Many of us claim to feel young at heart when the reality could, in fact, be quite the opposite.
Experts have revealed the ‘heart age’ of someone is, on average, more than three years older than their actual age and can vary by years – depending on the job they do.

A new study has found people working in manual labour have the worst heart health, while teachers and those working in the medical profession have the best.

So should you be worried about your heart and what can you do to improve its health?

Source: Daily Mail, 1st October 2015

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Do you feel you’re getting old before your time? Are you worried that, as this article suggests, your heart might be on its last ventricles, ready to pop, and you’d never even know it? Do you fear your own mortality and feel the icy hand of death on your shoulder? If so, I can assure you that that’s in no way precisely what the company behind this article wanted:

The global research was carried out by Bupa and the World Heart Federation with more than 8,000 consumers completing a heart age check.

Dr. Fiona Adshead, chief wellbeing and public health officer at Bupa said: ‘If current trends continue, by 2030 more than 23 million people will die annually from cardiovascular disease.

Glad to know Bupa are looking out for us, in ways which might just-about scaremonger Daily Mail readers into taking out private insurance. The stress of this long, hard look at our own mortality is enough to force us to an early grave…