What is Metabolic Syndrome?
One way to stay on top of your health is to “know your numbers” by completing a biometric screening. This screening consists of a simple blood test, a waist measurement and blood pressure check that determines if you are at risk for having Metabolic Syndrome. This is the name given to a group of risk factors that can set the stage for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Knowing your numbers — the results of your screening — gives you the advantage of being able to take action to improve your numbers.
By making healthy changes in your diet and activity levels, you can keep serious health conditions from developing and enjoy a better quality of life. Your DoD NAF Health Program provides support and resources to help you improve your numbers.
The good news? Eligible members (including covered spouses) can earn $150 in Health Incentive Credits for completing this screening each year. And, the test is at no cost to you if you complete it at an in-network provider.
3 risks, 1 serious condition
Metabolic Syndrome is the term used when a person has three or more of the following risk factors:
|Health factor||Increased risk if:|
|Blood pressure||Greater than or equal to 130 over 85 mmHg.
If either number is out of range, the reading is considered a risk factor
|Blood sugar or glucose||Greater than or equal to 100 mg/dL|
|Triglycerides||Greater than or equal to 150 mg/dL|
|Women: Greater than 35"
Men: Greater than 40"
|HDL cholesterol||Women: Below 50 mg/dL
Men: Below 40 mg/dL
You have 3 ways to complete your metabolic syndrome screening:
- Onsite – Check out the onsite screening schedule to see if there is an event near you.
- At a Quest Diagnostics lab near you. Use provider search to find one of the 2,200 labs near you.
- With your doctor - Download the Physician Result Form at My.QuestForHealth.com to take along with you.
Note: this is the only option available for Aetna International members.
All three options require you to register with Quest Diagnostics ahead of time.
Below are the registration directions:
- Visit My.QuestForHealth.com.
- Use left side “LOG IN” if you used the online scheduling system in the past. Click the ‘Forgot’ buttons if you need assistance.
- Use right side “CREATE ACCOUNT’ if it’s your first time to use the online scheduling method.
- Enter this Registration Key: DOD2019 (this is not case-sensitive).
- Enter your Aetna W# from your Aetna insurance card (covered spouses, add an S at the end)
- Enter your birth date
- For Relation:
o Click Employee if you are an employee or retiree
o Click Non-Employee if you are a spouse
- After scheduling, you should receive confirmation and appointment reminder emails.
What to Expect at Your Screening
- Remember to fast. No food or drinks except water 9-12 hours prior to your appointment, unless otherwise advised by your physician.
- Drink plenty of water.
- If you are unable to fast, advise a Quest Diagnostics staff member.
- Take all medications according to your regular schedule.
- The screening takes about 15 minutes from check-in to completion, and includes biometric measurements (height, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), and Blood Pressure measurements) and a venipuncture blood draw.
Viewing Your Results
You’ll receive an email when your online results are ready, typically within three business days. For members in the US, you will also receive a printed results report which will arrive in the mail 2-3 weeks after screening. Keep your results handy so you have them to include when you complete your online health assessment. View a sample of the online biometrics screening results report.
All information in the assessment and the results report is personal and confidential, as protected by federal law. Your DoD NAF employer and the DoD NAF Health Benefits Program will not have access to your individual results.
Reduce your risks - we can help!
You can reduce and even reverse all five of the risk factors with lifestyle choices, such as eating better, exercising more and not smoking. You’re never too old — or too young — to start working on better health. Be sure to share your biometric screenings results with your doctor, who can help you with your personal health care needs.
Plus, the Aetna Disease Management Program provides one-on-one support and education from registered nurses who help you can you better understand and manage your health. And what's better — eligible members can earn health incentive credits by participating in the program.