Half of Brits haven’t had a GP check-up in 2015 – new research from Kintetik Wellbeing
This week is the UK’s ‘Know Your Numbers’ blood pressure awareness campaign encouraging people to be more aware of the health data they can easily have at their fingertips. In conjunction with the awareness week, health experts Kinetik Wellbeing also released the findings from their latest consumer research, revealing that almost half (49%) of Brits failed to visit the doctors for a check up in 2015!
Diseases related to blood pressure is estimated to cost the NHS in excess of £2bn per year, but when asked about their own knowledge or understanding of this ‘silent killer’ 14% of Brits reported not knowing whether they have normal, high or low blood pressure. Also, 1 in 5 with high pressure take at least three weeks to visit their GP following symptoms!
Some of the other common misconceptions about blood pressure issues the survey found include:
- A fifth (19.40%) of Brits think that high blood pressure is something that only overweight people get
- More than a fifth (21.40%) of men think that high blood pressure is something that only older people suffer from
- A quarter (25%) of men think that high blood pressure is something that only stressed people get
With an increasing number of products now available (including Kinetik’s own
range – below) for people to quickly and easily check their own blood pressure at how, it’s clear that awareness is the key to reducing the impact of this ‘silent killer’.