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:
The level of triglycerides in your blood indicates how efficiently your body processes the fat in your diet.
My Results: 129 mg/dL
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
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.
My Results: 104mg/dL
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.
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.
High blood pressure—or hypertension—is associated with a risk for heart attack or stroke.
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?