Biometric health checks are types of health screening tests. The five tests are specifically designed to identify potential risks of stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
What does a Biometric health check cover?
- Total cholesterol & HDL (high-density lipoprotein). Cholesterol is the fatty substance in your blood, too much of it is not good!
- Random blood glucose measurement. High blood sugar levels increase your risk of developing diabetes
- Blood pressure – The systolic pressure (higher number) is the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body. The diastolic pressure (lower number) is the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels.
- Resting heart rate – generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function
- Height, weight and calculated body mass index (BMI) – excess body weight and poor distribution of fat mass can lead to a variety of health conditions; type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular problems.
Did you know….
- You can’t live without cholesterol: all our hormones and cells need it to function properly.
- Glucose comes from the Greek word for “sweet.” Its molecular formula is C6H12O6.
- Your heart is a muscle, about the size of your fist. Each day it beats around 100,000 times, continuously pumping about five litres (eight pints) of blood around your body.
- Your heart rate can change depending on your physical activity, time of day, age, weather, hormonal changes, emotional stress.
- Adults should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity – such as fast walking or cycling – every week.
Like any other Health Screening test, it’s always prudent to ask your GP or Nurse questions about the test itself to decide whether it’s right for you.
Once you have your results, discuss them with your GP or Nurse and what this means for you or any next steps you may need to take.