The Health Screening Everyone Needs

02.28.2017

“What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”

Lies, all lies! When it comes to your health, not knowing could be gravely dangerous. You may feel fine. You may look healthy. But that doesn’t guarantee everything is OK beneath the surface.

Know Your Numbers

A Biometric Screening is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The process involves having your body composition measured, blood pressure checked, and a quick blood sample for your cholesterol and glucose levels.

The results could tell you something about your health you might not know:

Heart Disease: The number one cause of death in U.S.

Too much cholesterol in your blood may increase your risk for heart disease, but you may not know you have high cholesterol unless you have it checked. High cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries, narrowing them over time, making it harder for your heart to circulate blood throughout the body.

Diabetes: Up to 25 percent of U.S. adults don’t know they have it

86 million American adults have prediabetes—when a blood sugar level is higher than normal, so it’s important to get checked. Prediabetes puts you at higher risk for Type 2 diabetes, which increases your risk for many issues, including vision and circulatory problems, nerve disease, kidney problems, heart disease, and stroke.

High Blood Pressure: The “silent killer

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries is too high. It’s often referred to as the “silent killer” because it can go undetected for years with no symptoms. Consistently high blood pressure can cause many complications, including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.

Where does your health stand?

Screening results can inform you of a health risk before it becomes serious, or identify a specific area of your health to improve on, helping you to set wellness goals. If your results show you have high cholesterol, set some personal goals—like increasing physical activity and eating healthy—to lower it, and make an appointment to see your primary physician. Knowing your numbers empowers you to take control of your health and make positive lifestyle changes.

This information isn’t intended as medical advice. Always consult a qualified physician.

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