- Glucose test – This test is used to check the amount of glucose in your blood. Glucose is your body’s main source of energy, but if its levels are too high or low in your system, it could indicate various diseases such as type 1 or type 2 diabetes. By checking this number, you can know for sure if you are currently suffering or are at risk of developing one of these disorders and can seek proper treatment.
- Cholesterol/Lipid panel – Did you know that your body is made up of different kinds of cholesterol, which together are called lipids? By getting a lipid panel, you can test your levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad-cholesterol”), high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good cholesterol”) and triglycerides. These various levels can indicate if you are at risk of developing blood clots resulting in heart disease or stroke, so it’s important to take this test.
- Blood Pressure – Both high and low blood pressure can present serious health problems and can be especially detrimental to your heart. Therefore, a blood pressure reading is another essential test that can give insights into your overall well-being. This test measures the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps and determines if it’s at a healthy level.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) – Your BMI considers your height, age and weight and gives an approximation of overall body fat. This measurement helps categorize your body into underweight, normal, overweight and obese. This is an objective indicator of your health and eating habits and can help you gauge whether you need to change your lifestyle.
By checking your numbers each year, you can better understand your risk for certain illnesses and the next steps you should take to improve. Talk to your doctor about getting your annual biometric screening. If you are a Medical Mutual member, find a provider now.
Sources: Be Well Solutions, Healthline, Mayo Clinic
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