Monthly Health Checks for everyone

Monthly Health checks should be encouraged within the workplace for all employees and their families.

PALMS: 20% of women and 3% of men are low in iron. This can result in fatigue, shortness of breath and concentration problems. Paleness in the creases of your palm are a sign of reduced circulation.

BREATHING: 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma and on average 3 people die each day from the disease. If you are short of breath and your breathing is
wheeze speak to your doctor.

NAILS: Fungal nail infections are more commonly found on people with diabetes or psoriasis. Yellow nails are a sign on a fungal infection. Ridges in the nails indicate hormone changes, stress, diabetes and a thyroid problem.

MOUTH & TEETH: Mouth cancer accounts for only 2% of all cancers diagnosed in the UK. Check for sore areas around the tongue that haven’t healed within 3 weeks. Inflammation or bleeding can be a sign of gum disease.

WAIST MEASUREMENTS: Men’s waist should read 37 inches and a woman’s 32 inches. An increase of these measurements could lead to diabetes and heart disease. Increasing exercise and a healthier diet can aid weight loss.

HEART RATE: Resting heart rate should be between 60 and 100 beats per minute in a regular rhythm. Use your middle and index finger on your neck to count your pulse.

SKIN & MOLES: 15,000 people in the UK are diagnosed each year with skin melanoma cancer. Sun burn triples your chances of developing the disease. Check your moles and skins for changes in size, colour, itching or if they are bleeding.

WEIGHT: Rapidly gaining or loosing weigh can be a sign of hypothyroidism, fluid retention or diabetes. Weigh yourself monthly and keep a record of the results. Speak to your GP if you are concerned about the outcome.

BREASTS: Every year 62,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. Look for any changes in size or appearance, colour or lumps on the breast around the armpit and collarbone.

EYES: Find out more about your sight. Eyes can provide warning signs for illnesses. A pale eyeball rather than pink is a sign of anaemia. A grey ring around the eye shows high cholesterol. Puffy bags under the eyes reflect toxins from excessive drinking or smoking.

BDHL can advise and support companies on a total health and wellbeing employee benefits programme.  To find out more speak to a member of the team on 01892 891900, or email Join us online to keep up to date with news and events: