Less than 63% felt they could confidently point to where the heart and brain are.
By: Kimberly Rodrigues
Media reports say research commissioned by the UK’s Pall Mall Medical Hospital of 2,000 adults has revealed that Britons are clueless when it comes to key values for their health care – only 23% know what their heart rate should be of rest. .
Less than 63% feel they could confidently point to where the heart and brain are, only half know where their kidneys are and less than half could point to where the bladder is located, the Mirror reports.
Only 37% are very confident they can name their own blood type, while only 24% know their body mass index (BMI), while only one in five know where their spleen is.
To test the findings, Manchester residents were asked if they could identify the correct organ, while others were asked which blood types were real or fake.
The footage also reportedly shows confusion over how BMI is calculated – with one bystander admitting he “knows nothing about the human body”.
The survey also revealed that only one in five of those surveyed (19 percent) are completely confident that they are managing their health well.
“It’s important that we all try to get a good understanding of what it means to be healthy,” said Dr Chun Tang, medical director at private healthcare provider Pall Mall Medical.
He adds: “By having knowledge about health, people can make good choices when it comes to diet and lifestyle and be aware of what to look out for when things could go wrong.
“Our health is one of the most important things we have to take care of and should be a priority for all of us.”
According to the survey, a third of people surveyed are now less likely to call their GP about their health (since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic).
Some of the main reasons people put off seeking help from a professional include not wanting to overwhelm the NHS (37 per cent), worry about waiting lists (32 per cent) and the fact that their problem is not serious enough (31 per hundred).
Additionally, a third of adults said waiting for health test results was one of the most stressful scenarios, ahead of their wedding day (28 percent) and the birth of a child (23 percent).
Also, according to OnePoll statistics, it was also found that only 50% of men, compared to 63% of women, would contact their doctor if they noticed a sign of cancer.
Women were also more likely to see a doctor for almost all health problems, which included lung problems (51% vs. 44%), broken bones (39% vs. 32%), and mental health problems ( 34% versus 24%), the Daily Star reports.
Dr Tang adds: “It is worrying that so many people feel unable to seek professional advice when they may have a serious health problem.
“Everyone should have access to the best possible healthcare and not have to worry about the implications of the service they seek.
“Being confident in your own health can prepare you for life and take your worries away.”