When it comes to your health, there are five numbers you need to know: Blood Pressure, Glucose, Cholesterol, Waist to Height ratio and BMI. Any one of these numbers can indicate an increased risk for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
We know that dental health and whole body health have a significant overlap and one affects the other much more than was previously realised. Research already shows links between gum disease and many conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and blood pressure. Links between gum disease and some forms of dementia have also been found recently too. We know lots of people do not see their doctor regularly or are unaware of their key numbers so we offer a simple 5 point health screening so that you can get to “know your numbers.”
Your results will be immediate and depending on the findings we will either offer advice or refer you to your doctor. A follow up test may be advised in 6-12 months.
Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is very important because the higher your blood pressure is the higher your chances of having health issues are. Did you know, people with severe gum disease may be twice as likely to have increased blood pressure? Increased blood pressure places more strain on all of the key organs in your body, if left undetected and uncontrolled it increases the risk of conditions such as strokes and heart failure.
Blood glucose levels vary throughout the day in relation to what we eat and your body’s ability to regulate this. Type 2 Diabetes occurs when your body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels. Untreated Type 2 diabetes increases the risks of heart disease, stroke, damage to vision, nerve function and your ability to heal.
Cholesterol is needed to build healthy cells but too much of the wrong type of cholesterol can build up in the arteries restricting blood flow and increasing the risk of heart problems and strokes. We measure the total cholesterol, and the HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or “good” cholesterol, to get the ratio to see if they are in the healthy range (For the scientists HDL cholesterol, Calculated LDL, TC/LDL ratio, LDL/HDL ratio & Non HDL).
Triglyceride levels help measure your risk of developing heart and circulatory disease.
Waist to height ratio is a simple measurement for assessment of lifestyle risk and the correct weight range. Although a relatively simple measure it helps to build a complete picture of your key health numbers.
The BMI is a useful way of measuring whether you are a healthy weight for your height. It takes into account natural variations in body shape, giving a healthy weight range for a particular height.
Optional extra: Diabetes check. We check your HbA1c to be able to get an overall picture of what your average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks/months. It is one of the main ways in which diabetes is diagnosed. £30 at the time of testing.
If you have three numbers outside the reference range, you are classified as having Metabolic Syndrome.
People with metabolic syndrome are at triple the risk for heart disease, heart attack, or stroke and quadruple the risk of developing diabetes.
If you have Metabolic Syndrome we recommend you visit your doctor.
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