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Public should be encouraged to use free NHS health checks to help curb dementia

A 2% reduction in the number of people with heart problems leads to 10,000 fewer dementia cases
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A 2% reduction in the number of people with heart problems leads to 10,000 fewer dementia cases

More should be done to prompt people to have health checks, says NHS England.

Fewer than half of the 15 million people eligible for the free NHS check have come forward in the past five years.

NHS England clinical director for dementia and older people’s mental health Alistair Burns said the benefits of health checks in preventing dementia should be stressed more.

Health checks, carried out by GPs and nurses for people aged 40-74, involve measuring blood pressure, weight and height.

Research suggests that someone who has had a

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