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June 04, 2018 06:14 PM

Biometric Screening: Do You Need It?

If you're feeling well, getting your health status checked may seem like a waste of time. 

Just because you feel healthy doesn't mean you are. 

Jackie Bahr says before having her biometric screening last year she felt that she was in good health. 

But the results surprised her. 

"I guess it was just too much sugar, and the things that you don't realize actually have natural sugars in it or other sugars, I don't look at it like that... I just automatically think well I don't put sugar in my coffee, I don't put sugar on my cereal," Bahr said. 

A biometric screening is a measurement of someone's physical characteristics, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index.

Bahr's results showed she was borderline diabetic with high cholesterol. 

"There's sugar in a lot of items that people just don't realize. I never really read the labels that close until last year," Bahr said. 

Bahr says she underwent a complete diet makeover with the help of a dietitian. 

"Based on your lab values maybe we need to focus on getting more fiber in your diet for example, or if you're someone who already eats a lot of fiber maybe some of it is genetics," Registered dietitian Amanda Lambrechts said. 

Lambrechts says getting a biometric screening is a good starting point in making sure your health is where it should be. 

"Knowing where they're at right now and then being able to look back a few months down the road, maybe a year down the road and see how things have changed," Lambrechts said. 

In just 15 minutes and a simple finger prick you can find out all of these results. 

Results that Bahr says made a big difference in her overall health.

"I wasn't surprised, I was excited because of the work I did over the last year," Bahr said. 

She says while the diet changes weren't easy, they were by far worth it. 

And thanks to her hard work, she's happy with where she's at today.

Lambrechts is offering reduced cost biometric screenings this Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Lambrechts recommends fasting for at least 8 hours before the screening.

For more information on Wednesday's event, click here. 



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