My Biometric Screening

Last week, I had my first ever biometric screening.

The place where I work offers the screening for free—and even provides an incentive for participating—and I was admittedly curious to see what my results would be.

The screening examines 5 metabolic syndrome criteria—body mass index, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood glucose, and HDL cholesterol (HDL is the good kind!). I’m happy to say that I “passed” in all five areas, but I definitely have some room for improvement too.

Here’s a bit more about my results and what a healthy range is for the various screenings:

Triglycerides

The level of triglycerides in your blood indicates how efficiently your body processes the fat in your diet.

Healthy: <150mg/dL

My Results: 129 mg/dL

HDL Cholesterol

This is the good kind of cholesterol! It is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease and can be increased with regular exercise.

Healthy: > or = 46mg/dL

My Results: 64mg/dL

LDL Cholesterol

This is the bad kind of cholesterol, and it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. High LDL cholesterol can be hereditary, but it can be decreased through healthy lifestyle choices and medications.

Healthy: <130mg/dL

My Results: 104mg/dL

Glucose

Ah, sugar—my favorite. A high level of glucose can show that the body is not correctly using or producing insulin and could eventually lead to diabetes.

Healthy: 65-99mg/dL

My Results: 92 mg/dL

This was the one test result that really stood out to me, but it wasn’t too shocking. Although my levels are in the healthy range, I’m at the very top of that range.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure—or hypertension—is associated with a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Healthy: 120/80

My Results: 102/60

This screening gave me a lot of insight into what is going on inside of my body. Even though I’m clearly aware of my sugar addiction, seeing my results creep toward the unhealthy end of the scale was a bit of a wakeup call (never mind the cupcake I ate with lunch today!). I also think the screening was good motivation to keep up with the healthy habits I already have in place!

Have you ever had a biometric screening?

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12 comments

  1. Rachel @ Fragrance, Faith, and Fitness says:

    I’ve actually been getting my blood tested since I was a young kid. I’ve always had high cholesterol and have a family history of cardiac problems. (This is definitely a motivator for me to live more healthfully!) I just had my last physical/blood test in April, and my overall cholesterol level went down 40 points! I was thrilled!
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  2. Stephanie @ My Freckled Life says:

    How interesting!! The only time I’ve ever had a test like this was when my husband and I got life insurance and they had to do a medical screening. To be honest, I kind of just glanced at my results to make sure everything looked healthy, but now I want to go back and really look in to it. I’d forgotten all about it until now!
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      It was definitely interesting! I wouldn’t know about this stuff any other way, really, unless I had to get blood work done for some other reason!

  3. Amy H. @ Run with Perseverance says:

    My health insurance through the school district offers free gym memberships, but you have to get a biometric screening each year. I appreciated knowing the information! Mine came back healthy, as well, but the nurse did tell me some things I needed to just be aware of. Good info!
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