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Pop into your Link pharmacy to check your scorecard on some of the most common preventable diseases. The screenings are quick and easy, and the results can give you an indication of conditions that may have a far-reaching impact on your health.

If you know the state of your health, you can seek help and take steps towards improvement. You should regularly screen the following:

1. Blood pressure
Often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because you do not necessarily feel the symptoms. A quick screening at your Link pharmacist can put your mind at ease, or necessitate a visit to your doctor for treatment.

Why is it important? Untreated, high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious diseases.

2. Type 2 Diabetes

A simple glucose test can determine whether you have raised sugar levels which can then be managed through some lifestyle changes and medication.

Why is it important? If left untreated, diabetes can cause blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.

3. Obesity

A quick BMI (Body Mass Index) assessment provides an estimate of body fat, based on height and weight. The higher your BMI, the greater your chances of developing serious diseases.

Why is it important? Carrying extra weight can lead to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and certain cancers.

These three quick and easy screenings do not replace the need for regular medical check-ups with your doctor but it can provide you with key indicators about your health.


While all reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this article,  information may change or become dated, as new developments occur. The Link group shall not be held  liable or accountable for the accuracy, completeness or correctness of any information for any purpose. No content  in this article, irrespective of the date or reference source, should be viewed as a substitute for direct medical advice  from your doctor, pharmacist or any other suitably qualified clinician.