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Chronic Disease Screening for Screen For Life

Jasmine
April 4, 2024

Under Screen for Life (SFL), screening for chronic diseases include diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and obesity. To screen for diabetes and high blood cholesterol, a fasting venous blood test (where blood is drawn from the arm vein) will be used to check your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Why should I screen for chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol may be “silent” in the early stages – you may have the condition but have no symptoms and still feel completely well.

Regular screening can help you detect these conditions early, reducing the chances of cardiovascular complications such as heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. This allows for earlier and therefore more effective treatment and management. Screening can also give you peace of mind if you get a normal result and know that you do not have the disease.

What are the screening tests under chronic disease screening?

Under Screen for Life, screening for chronic diseases include diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and obesity. 

To screen for diabetes and high blood cholesterol, a fasting venous blood test (where blood is drawn from the arm vein) will be used to check your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. There is also an alternative non-fasting blood test available which is more convenient for health screening. Ask your doctor about the non-fasting blood test to find out if the test is suitable for you.

To screen for high blood pressure, a blood pressure test is used to measure the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps. As part of the measuring process, the blood pressure cuff will be wrapped around your arm.

To screen for obesity, height and weight (to calculate the Body Mass Index, BMI), and waist circumference will be measured.

Reference: HealthHub

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