How often do you health check your body?

Health checks should be carried out monthly. Every month you should health check your body in the following areas. It is advised that employers encourage their employees as well as families and individuals.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BDHL can work to arrange onsite health screening for employees that fits the demands and needs of the business. The aim of these health screens is prevention rather than cure. To find out more speak to a member of the team on 01892 891900, or email