England’s NHS Health Check program may be controversial, but the results are too powerful to ignore. In its first five years, it may have prevented between 4,600 to 8,400 heart attacks, strokes, and even deaths. The program itself involves the diagnoses of diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and more. It has led to more diagnoses and more statins being prescribed. The program itself began in 2009 and provided free check-ups to every adult between the ages of 40 and 74. The mission was to prevent heart attacks and strokes through the free examinations.
In the first year of the program, only thirty-six percent of eligible people were covered, while eighty-five percent were covered in the most recent here. In five years alone, 85,122 attended. This led to thirty percent more new cases of diabetes, fifty percent of hypertension, and eighty percent of chronic kidney disease in NHS Health Check attendees compared to non-attendees. The program has proven to be extremely beneficial to all participants.