Men have more risk factors


Men have performed worse than women on a number of counts, according to data revealed by Priceline

Priceline Pharmacy has announced that it has completed more than a million health checks on its digital health stations – and shared some of the findings.

On average, women recorded a Heart Age 0.4 years older than their actual age – but men recorded a heart age 4.5 years older, on average.

Men were also more likely to be overweight. They were 3.5 times more likely to have a high body fat percentage compared to women, and while the majority of women – 52% – had a healthy BMI, the majority of men (65%) came in as overweight or obese.

The average Body Mass Index for women was 24.5 and for men, 26.5.

A high or very high blood pressure reading was recorded in 17% of checks.

A total of 36% of women and 54% of men recorded two or more health risk factors, which Priceline defined as a recording an above average reading for blood pressure, BMI, body fat and heart rate.

And 11% of all checks recorded three or more risk factors.

The majority of the customers engaging with the health stations were women – 57%, compared to 43% men.

Amongst women, the highest proportion of health checks were from the 16-24 age group, while among men, the highest proportion of users were aged 25 to 34.

Across all age groups, the highest prevalence of smoking was reported by the 35-44 age group.

The digital health stations are free for customers to use and assess BMI, blood pressure, heart rate, body fat percentage and lifestyle and family history questions.

There are now close to 200 of the stations around the country in Priceline Pharmacy stores.

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