A “How To Guide” on Reading Biometric Screening Results

A solid corporate wellness program is always based first on comprehensive screenings and various types of wellness analysis. When your company begins a program for its employees, biometric screening resultsyou’ll want to know the specific health needs of those individuals as well as their potential health risks. This information can be effectively achieved through a variety of testing methods or screenings. Wellworks for you offers specific health risk assessments for cardiac health, diabetic risk and fitness risk. But if you’re not sure yet which kinds of screenings or assessments your company would like to implement, start with a basic biometric screening.

We can help you organize and manage a biometric screening day, during which employees will be tested for a variety of basic health metrics. The implementation of these screenings can be easily managed with the help of our staff. However, the most important aspect of the process is in getting back the results and being able to help your employees make sense of the numbers. Many companies choose to offer one-on-one health coaching during this process to ensure proper follow up. If you’d like to take that route, we can certainly help you organize that. For now, though, we’d like to offer you a basic overview on reading biometric screening results.

How to Read Biometric Screening Results

Most biometric screenings will test for a variety of health factors – some very basic, such as height and weight and others more complex, such as BMI (body mass index) and blood sugar levels. When you get back results, you will also see metrics for blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL and LDL) as well as triglyceride levels.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions concerning these measurements.

What does BMI measure?

Technically, it is an individual’s body mass dividing by the square of their height. Practically, it measures body composition in terms of percentage of body fat.

What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol?

HDL stands for high density lipoprotein and is the type of cholesterol that keeps your arteries clear. LDL, on the other hand, is low density lipoprotein and can cause build up on artery walls, causing heart disease. Simply put, HDL is “good cholesterol” and LDL is “bad cholesterol.”

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fatty acid found in the body. While your body does need and use these for energy, levels that are too high can be an indicator of health problems.

In biometric screening results, each test category is assigned value measurements that indicate whether the individual is within the healthy range for that particular metric. An individual is considered to be “at risk” overall if they fall outside of the healthy range on three or more of these tests. The main health risks that can be identified by biometric screenings are risks for heart disease and diabetes.