A biometric screen focuses on specific key measures that allows one to identify if they are at risk for certain health conditions. The results are gathered on-site, and our team of healthcare professionals will educate you in detail about what each finding means, make appropriate recommendations, and give you a comprehensive resource guide on ways to help improve your numbers. These measures consist of several components which is listed in detail below. Screening results and identifiable health data are always protected by HIPPA laws and will never be shared with anyone without personal consent.
Glucose–the most common form of sugar in the body. Blood levels of glucose are controlled by insulin, a hormone which is produced by the pancreas. Low glucose levels are usually seen in fasting and starvation states and are characterized by weakness, dizziness, nausea, and sweating. An abnormally high glucose level is indicative of diabetes, but can also be caused by other disorders and diseases. Symptoms associated with high glucose levels include urinating more frequently than normal, constant hunger, and an unquenchable thirst.
Measures the amount of fats (or lipids) in the blood. Abnormal results are correlated to an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke. This test series is excellent for monitoring improvement in cholesterol levels with diet and exercise.
Cholesterol, Total–is a very important lipid which is used to build cell membranes and also serves as a precursor molecule for all of the steroid hormones made in the body. Although cholesterol is produced by the body, most of it comes from dietary sources.
Triglycerides –measures the concentration of fat molecules in the blood stream. Although triglycerides are the body’s primary source of stored energy, high levels lead to fatty deposits and plaque formation in the walls of arteries (so-called “hardening of the arteries” or atherosclerosis).
HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol–the “good” cholesterol, helps remove bad (LDL) cholesterol from the body by binding with it in the bloodstream and carrying it back to the liver for disposal. A high level of HDL cholesterol is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol –sometimes called “bad” cholesterol, this molecule collects inside the walls of the arteries and often contributes to the formation of plaque. The higher the LDL concentration, the greater the risk of developing coronary heart disease. This value is calculated by taking the total cholesterol and subtracting the HDL component and a fraction of the triglycerides; if the triglycerides are too high then an accurate LDL value cannot be estimated.
TC/HDL Ratio–Your TC/HDL Ratio is your total cholesterol divided by your HDL cholesterol. Some health care professionals may use this ratio to assess risk for developing heart disease. Lower ratios are associated with lower risk.
Body Composition, or % body fat, is most commonly expressed as the percentage of total body weight that is composed of fat. Increases in body fat dramatically worsen health and increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.