Biometric Screenings the Key to Long Life?

photo credit to Army Medicine Has your health insurance company offered a free biometric screening lately? The newest trend in reducing costs to health insurance companies (that’s right—to them, not you!) includes a yearly measurement of your weight, blood pressure, and other elements. And these screenings benefit you, too.

In fact, biometric screenings are not just beneficial, they are important. Do you go to the doctor for yearly checkups? Probably not. These screenings can detect basic problems that you would miss in daily life, such as high blood pressure. They do not replace your doctor visits, but they can still save your life.

photo credit to Tom French What is it?

If you have health insurance through your job, biometric screenings are usually free and offered on-site at your work place. Every workplace varies, but normally you will receive instructions (such as a printed handout) on how to sign up a few weeks in advance. In a biometric screening, you will go through several quick tests:

  • Blood pressure
  • BMI (body mass index), derived from height and weight
  • Cholesterol
  • Triglyceride
  • Glucose

Yes, this means you will have your finger pricked (or blood taken at your elbow), but the temporary pain is worth it to find out what health problems you might be at risk for. To learn more about each part of the screening, 1st Class Training offers a guide . It only takes a few minutes to go through, and the benefits to you are not just restricted to knowledge about your health. Check out this FAQ list for even more about these tests.

photo credit to  Andrew Magill Biometric Screening Benefits

If you complete a biometric screening, your health insurance website has a page where you can enter the information. You will find a link for “health assessment”, or something similar. If you fill in the information from your screening (some insurance companies will log this info for you—just ask at the screening), you will usually receive a credit to your insurance anywhere from $25 to $500 or more. If these tests indicate that you may eventually develop health risks—which is why health insurance companies offer them—the team who tests you will know immediately and can recommend a trip to the doctor. This wellness website offers more information on the benefits of a biometric screening.

What if my health insurance doesn’t offer this?

If you don’t have health insurance through your job, you may not have such easy access to a biometric screening. But not to worry. You can easily request one at your doctor’s office, meaning the cost to you would be a simple a trip to the doctor. Since the main goal of these screenings is to measure your current health and set you up for health coaching if you are on the wrong path, it makes sense to get a biometric screening no matter the source of your health insurance.

What about your health screening?

Biometric screenings can be the key to keeping up with your health, especially if you don’t take regular trips to the doctor. If you hear word that a biometric screening is being planned at your work place, sign up. It is worth it not only for the insurance credit, but the monitoring of your health.

Have you attended a biometric screening at work? Tell us about it! Has a biometric screening affected your lifestyle? We want to hear how the screenings are going for you and those in your life. Leave a comment below, and we will be sure to answer—we love having conversations with our readers!