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myhealthIQ Testing

JBT contracts with an independent health and wellness vendor, Healthways, to provide the analysis and reporting for the myhealthIQ screenings. Health Services Foundation (who has administered the Health Checkup Program for years) and the JBT Health Matters Team is delivering the biometric screening and lab collection process in mobile units at our worksites. Screenings and follow-up outreach are handled by a team of skilled health professionals.

During your screening, you’ll meet with a JBT Health Matters health care professional to complete your individual test. The health care professional will measure your height, weight and waist size, take your blood pressure and draw a blood sample.

The tests covered through myhealthIQ are the same as those your doctor might order as part of an annual physical exam. You will need to fast for 8 or 12 hours prior to your scheduled screening.

The JBT Health Matters Team will send your blood sample and the information collected during your screening to a certified clinical laboratory to conduct the following analysis. The results are used to prepare your personalized health risk report.

Total Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance (lipid) that your body needs for many important functions, such as producing new cells. If you eat too many high-cholesterol foods and/or too much saturated fat, or if you have an inherited tendency to make too much cholesterol, your cholesterol levels may be too high. This increases your risk for hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, and can lead to life-threatening illnesses, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack or stroke.

Generally, high cholesterol is a "silent" condition that rarely causes its own symptoms. As a result, many people do not realize that they have high cholesterol.

If your cholesterol is too high, your health care provider will likely recommend lifestyle changes and possibly medications.

HDL (Good) Cholesterol

High-density lipoprotein, also known as “HDL,” is sometimes called "good" cholesterol because it helps prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries. With HDL, a “higher” number is better for your health. High levels of HDL appear to help protect against atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, and other complications. Low HDL cholesterol increases the risk of coronary artery disease. So, if you are at risk for heart disease, it may be beneficial to raise your HDL cholesterol levels.

LDL (Bad) Cholesterol

Low-density lipoprotein, also known as “LDL,” carries cholesterol in the blood. Of all the forms of cholesterol in the blood, the LDL cholesterol is considered the most important form in determining risk of heart disease. This type of cholesterol is considered “bad” because it deposits excess cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels, which contributes to atherosclerosis as well as heart disease. For this reason, having a low LDL level will help protect you against the development of heart disease.

If you fall into a moderate- or high-risk category, your health care provider will probably want you to begin therapeutic lifestyle changes. You may also need to take medication.

Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio

The total cholesterol/HDL ratio is a measurement that determines your risk for developing heart disease. The ratio is obtained by dividing your total cholesterol level by your HDL (good) cholesterol level.

Lowering the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, which can lead to life threatening illnesses, such as coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke.

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are a type of fat that is carried in the blood by very low-density lipoproteins. Only a small amount of triglycerides is normally found in the blood; most are stored in fat tissue. This type of fat can build up in artery walls and may cause atherosclerosis. A high triglyceride level along with high LDL cholesterol can also increase the risk of heart attack.

Glucose

The fasting blood glucose test is used to determine health risk related to diabetes and other conditions. Blood glucose testing is used to screen healthy, symptom-free individuals for pre-diabetes and diabetes because diabetes is a common disease that begins with few symptoms.

Glucose is a type of sugar found in carbohydrate foods. It is the main source of energy used by the body. Normally, your blood glucose levels increase slightly after you eat. This increase in your blood glucose causes your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin helps to move the glucose from your blood into your cells where it can be used as energy. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can cause damage to your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels. It may also be indicative of the presence of diabetes.

Discuss with your health care provider how often you should screen for diabetes, and work to keep it low through lifestyle modifications, including eating a balanced diet, managing your weight, exercising, and avoiding tobacco.

GGT (Gamma-glutamyltransferase)

The GGT test is used to screen for conditions of the liver and pancreas, including injury to these areas of the body. GGT levels can also be used to evaluate long-standing alcohol abuse and response to medication therapy.

Nicotine

myhealthIQ measures the level of cotinine in your blood to determine your exposure to nicotine. You are not tested for use of other substances.

Remaining smoke free and avoiding environmental tobacco smoke is one of the most important things you can do to minimize your risk of developing a lifestyle-related illness.

BMI (Body Mass Index)

BMI determines if you are at a healthy weight for your height and gender. It is calculated using your height and your weight, and gives you information about how your weight compares to others of the same height and who are of the same gender.

An elevated BMI may put you at risk for certain diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Improving your BMI through diet and exercise can improve your health and help prevent disease.

Blood Pressure

Keeping your blood pressure within a normal range can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. It is important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis to detect whether you are at risk for hypertension.

High blood pressure can damage your arteries, heart, and kidneys, and lead to atherosclerosis and stroke. Hypertension is called a "silent killer'' because it rarely causes symptoms that you can feel and would alert you to contact your health care provider.

Having high blood pressure is a serious health risk. If you do not have any organ damage or other risk factors for heart disease, your health care provider will likely recommend lifestyle changes and possibly medications.

Remember, your participation and the results from myhealthIQ are strictly confidential. Your private health information is protected by a law known as HIPAA, and will not be shared with your employer, union, physician or another family member without your written consent. Refer to information regarding the JBT Notice of Privacy Practices (254 KB PDF) and the Your Privacy page.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to fast for 8 hours before your myhealthIQ screening.

Customer Service

JBT Health Matters Office
1-800-284-3926

Healthways
1-866-449-9705
www.myhealthIQ.com

Documents

Sample myhealthIQ Health Risk Report (207 KB PDF)

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