Health screening preparation tips
- Fast—Unless you're diabetic, you shouldn't eat for 12 hours before your tests. Don't drink alcohol during that 12-hour period, either. You should, however, stay hydrated and take any necessary medications.
- Prepare your body—The hour before your screening, drink a glass of water, avoid strenuous exercise, and limit caffeine and nicotine intake.
Save—In addition to offering the free tests and flu shots, the Plan’s providing other tests at significantly discounted rates.
Discounted tests include:
- chemical screens to evaluate kidney and liver function, electrolytes and iron, and your thyroid
- a sophisticated cholesterol test that screens for heart disease and diabetes
- a prostate exam, specifically for men experiencing prostate problems
- a blood count test to check for infections and abnormalities by measuring blood platelets, and red and white blood cells
- a measure of vitamin D to ensure proper bone health and energy levels
- a test to detect inflammation in your blood stream, a risk factor for heart disease
- a measurement of your average blood sugar over the last three months—helpful in determining your risk for diabetes
- a test to determine your blood type, good to know for blood donations
- a Celiac disease test to measure antibodies that block proper food absorption
See Dr. Rich Penaloza's guide to the free health tests available at the fall 2013 biometric screenings.