Warning as Britons lack ‘vital’ health information as many don’t know what it means to be ‘healthy’
BRITS have been urged to take care of their health – as many lack vital information relating to their well-being.
New research has revealed that many adults are unable to identify key steps to take care of themselves.
This includes blood groups, body mass index (BMI) and heart rate.
A study of 2,000 adults found that only 37% of them are very confident that they can name their own blood type, while only 24% know their BMI.
And just 23% know what their resting heart rate should be – which for adults can range from 60 beats per minute (BPM) to 100 bpm.
When it comes to identifying organs in the body, 63% believe they could point to where the heart and brain are.
But only 22% could locate the gallbladder and only 20% could show where the spleen is.
To put the results to the test, residents of Manchester were asked if they could spot the correct organ, while others were asked about real or fake blood types.
Dr Chun Tang, medical director of private healthcare provider Pall Mall Medical, which commissioned the research, said: “It is important that we all try to get a good understanding of what it means to be healthy.
“Having knowledge about health empowers people to make good choices about diet, lifestyle, and what to watch out for when things can go wrong.
“Our health is one of the most important things we need to take care of, and it should be a priority for all of us.”
The survey also revealed that only 19% of respondents are completely confident that they are managing their health well.
But a third are now less likely to call their GP about their health since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Not wanting to overwhelm the NHS, worrying about waiting lists and not thinking their problem is serious enough are the main reasons people delay calling a professional.
What organs can people identify?
The poll also revealed which organs Britons could identify.
1. Heart – 63%
2. Brain – 63%
3. Lungs – 60%
4. Stomach – 59%
5. Rectum – 55%
6. Reproductive organs – 52%
7. Kidneys – 50%
8. Bladder – 48%
9. Liver – 43%
10. Appendix – 38%
Waiting for health test results was also one of the most stressful scenarios for adults – ahead of their wedding day and the birth of a child.
Worryingly, women are much more likely than men to call their doctor if they spot any sign of a possible health risk.
In fact, only 50% of men, compared to 63% of women, would call their doctor if they saw any signs of cancer, according to OnePoll statistics.
Women were also more likely to seek medical attention for virtually all health issues, including broken bones, lung issues and mental health issues.
Dr Tang of Pall Mall Medical added: “It’s worrying that so many people think they can’t seek professional advice when they might have a serious medical condition.
“Everyone should have access to the best healthcare possible and not have to worry about the implications this might have on the service they seek.
“Being confident in your own health can prepare you for life and relieve you of worries.”