A free health check that could spot deadly diseases has been taken by less than half of over-40s, NHS England has warned.
The free screening tests for many of Britain’s biggest killers, such as heart problems, kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes. But it has been taken by only a minority of the 15 million people who are eligible to undergo it, the health body warned.
It consists of just a 20 minute long, entirely painless assessment and could potentially save people’s lives, experts have warned.
Someone who has had a stroke, or has diabetes or heart disease, is around twice as likely to develop vascular dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.