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BUPA’S SPECIALIST HEALTH MOTs FOR THE OVER 40s

Over the age of 40? You can now have a more accurate picture of your health with Bupa’s health checks. Using your age, gender and lifestyle as a barometer, a health check can help to determine the risk of developing health problems in later life. Doctors at the leading healthcare company have developed a range of health assessments which focus on issues that matter most for men and women at a later stage in life.

By the time people reach their 40s, risk factors for diseases such as heart disease and cancer becomes more of a concern. Bupa has develop a range of specific health checks that focus on common health concerns – for example, looking at risk factors for strokes, aneurysms, bowel cancer, heart and liver disease to name just a few.

The more in-depth Bupa Health Assessments include a list of comprehensive tests – for instance,, a diabetes risk predictor that enables customers to take steps to help avoid developing the disease.

As the leading UK experts in preventive health care, mammography tests are available to women from the age of 40 as a stand alone check or as part of Female Health Assessment. Bupa believes this provides a greater chance for the early detection of abnormalities as early treatment of breast cancer allows a greater chance of successful treatment. More than half of breast cancers detected through Bupa Heath Assessments last year were in women under 50 and would not have been detected through routine NHS screenings (offered to women over age of 50).

Dr Peter Mace, assistant medical director at Bupa Wellness, said: “Any doctor will tell you that the earlier a health problem is identified the more likely it is to be successfully treated, or even avoided. Our customers are interested in understanding their own health and health risks allowing them to take positive steps to reduce their risk of illness.

“We aim to look at your individual risk and give you a programme to decrease that risk rather than a one-size fits all approach to assessing your heath. For example, we now have a mature health assessment, for those aged over 65, which includes tests for conditions such as thyroid disease and pernicious anaemia that are much more likely in that age group.”

Customers can expect same day results for many tests and up to an hour’s consultation time with a doctor to discuss results and any other health concerns.

“97 percent of people say they feel reassured about their health after their health assessment. Importantly, as a result of health assessments two in every three people tell us that they are prompted to make positive lifestyle changes to improve their health,” said Dr Mace.

Bupa pioneered health screening and provides more than 100,000 health assessments each year to individual and business customers concerned about their health and wellbeing.

These innovative tests are available at over 40 Bupa Wellness centres across the UK, for more information please visit www.bupa.co.uk/wellness - click here.

Summary of the health assessments and diagnostic tests are listed below:

Health Assessments

At a glance…

Bupa Female Health

This health assessment empowers you to take charge of your female health. If you have any worries about your family history or have noticed any changes in your body, you can discuss your concerns with an expert – and get yourself thoroughly checked.

It includes a cervical smear, blood analysis, a thorough breast examination, mammography (for women aged 40 or over)

Bupa Complete Health

A Complete Health assessment will provide you with an in-depth profile of your health and wellbeing and includes up to 45 minutes with a Bupa doctor. So, whatever your concerns, there's no rush as you'll get plenty of time to discuss them with the doctor.

The physiological tests include assessing your heart, lungs, abdomen and central nervous system. We'll look at your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart trace (ECG), and assess your risk of heart disease.

We carry out detailed blood analysis to test for conditions such as diabetes, gout, anaemia and liver and kidney problems. Your hearing and vision will be checked, and we’ll provide a detailed body composition profile, including your body fat percentage. We'll also talk you through diet and lifestyle.

For men, we'll provide a testicular examination; for women, a cervical smear and breast examination. We'll inform you about your potential health risks and instruct you on how to perform self-examinations and be 'body aware'.


Bupa Mature Health

Helps to give you peace of mind with this extensive health assessment – tailor made for people over the age of 65. Whatever your concerns, you won’t be rushed as you'll get plenty of time to discuss them with the doctor. We’re here to help you and offer the appropriate advice.

Through an extensive range of tests, including additional ones for age-related conditions, we aim to give you a thorough health check.

The physiological tests include assessing your heart, lungs, abdomen and central nervous system. We'll look at your blood pressure, cholesterol blood tests and heart trace (ECG), and assess your risk of heart disease.

We carry out detailed blood analysis to test for conditions such as diabetes, gout, anaemia and liver and kidney problems. Your hearing and vision will be checked, and we’ll provide a detailed body composition profile,. We'll also talk you through diet and lifestyle.

For men, we'll provide a testicular examination, for women, a cervical smear and breast examination. We'll inform you about your potential health risks and instruct you on how to perform self- examinations and be 'body aware'. Women can have a mammogram for an extra fee.

Bupa Advanced Health

An advanced health and fitness assessment providing an in-depth profile of your fitness, health and wellbeing. It includes 43 tests covering a wide range of medical issues, up to 60 minutes with a Bupa doctor and up to 60 minutes with a trained health adviser

Unique to this health check is a cardio-vascular exercise test, which measures the efficiency of your heart and lungs at getting oxygen to your muscles to create energy. This test will give you an accurate measure of your aerobic fitness.

Your aerobic fitness can indicate your risk of developing a number of conditions, including heart disease and cancer. We can advise you on what sort of exercise might suit you best and how hard you need to work to maximise the benefits.

The health assessment also includes a new 'lung age' test as well as a metabolic rate test which indicates the minimal number of calories you need in a resting state.

Age and lifestyle- specific tests


Bupa Breast Health

A breast check is a physical and visual examination of the breasts. Additionally we recommend women aged 40 to 50 have mammograms on an annual basis, and those over 50 have mammograms every other year. A mammogram involves having both breasts X-rayed.

Mammography is the most effective means of detecting and investigating breast disease. It can detect a change in breast tissue before you can feel anything unusual yourself. NHS screening programmes offer mammography to all women over 50. There is clinically evidence that mammograms from the age of 40 are valuable in detecting early breast cancer. Bupa Wellness offer mammography to all women over 40 (there may be an additional charge).).

Bupa Liver Health*

Liver problems are linked to alcohol consumption and obesity. In the early stages they can be very hard to detect, but if caught early enough, they can often be treated.

We use a scan to obtain an accurate picture of your liver’s health. Capable of spotting abnormalities before blood tests can, it checks for signs of fibrosis and cirrhosis which can result from lifestyle issues, metabolic syndrome and excessive alcohol intake. The Bupa Liver Health check includes the following tests: blood biochemistry profile; blood haematology profile and FibroScanTM of the liver

Bupa Sexual Health

Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can lead to long-term complications and can affect anyone any age that is sexually active so it’s best to find out as early as possible whether you are suffering from one. With Bupa, your results are processed and sent to you as quickly as possible. Even better, you have plenty of time to talk to through any concerns with a Bupa doctor who will be able to give you advice about potential treatments and staying healthy.


Test includes swabs, blood tests, and urine tests for all common sexually transmitted infections.

Bupa Colon Health

This assessment uses a virtual colonoscopy, a new technique that enables doctors to look for polyps (which may become cancerous) and early cancers in the bowel using a CT scanner. Suitable for everyone over the age of 45.

This will need to be performed at a scanning centre. The results are sent to the Bupa centre nearest to you for review with a Bupa doctor. It takes approximately one week to process the results from your scan so the two appointments are scheduled a week apart.

Bupa Colon Health is available on its own or as an add-on to Bupa Advanced, Complete and Mature Health.

Bupa Coronary Health

This is a highly advanced risk assessment of heart disease that gives you the opportunity to reduce your risk through positive lifestyle changes.

A heart scan gives us information about the state of your heart arteries and can indicate more precisely your risk of a heart attack.

The CT scan looks for calcium in your coronary arteries. If no calcium is detected your risk of having a heart attack is low. If calcium is present then you may have coronary artery disease, in which case we can recommend ways to minimise your personal risk.

A scan is fast, safe, accurate, painless and non-invasive, taking just 15 minutes to perform. You simply lie on a padded table under the arch of the scanner. Your head is not enclosed at any time so there is no feeling of claustrophobia. You will simply be asked to hold your breath a few times while a series of pictures is taken.

About Bupa

Bupa is a leading international healthcare company. Established in 1947, it has over ten million customers in more than 190 countries and employs over 52,000 people around the world.

Its main interests are health insurance, care homes for young disabled and older people, workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching and healthcare services in the home.

While Bupa’s largest and original business is in the UK, it has significant operations around the world including Sanitas in Spain, MBF, HBA, Mutual Community in Australia, IHI in Denmark and Health Dialog in the US. Bupa also has businesses in Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and Latin America. In addition, Bupa Care Services owns care homes in Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

Bupa has no shareholders. We reinvest our money to provide better healthcare for our customers, helping them to live longer, happier, healthier lives.

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