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Metabolic Syndrome
Screening Singapore
(Heart Disease Screening)

What is a metabolic syndrome screening?

A metabolic syndrome screening consists of a set of procedures that are done to check for any metabolic changes in your body. Metabolic syndrome is when a patient’s risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease is increased due to factors such as obesity. A metabolic syndrome screening is able to detect, prevent and reverse metabolic syndrome especially in its early stages.

Types of metabolic syndrome screening in Singapore

BP for Hypertension

A BP for hypertension test is done to measure your blood pressure to check for any unusual symptoms. This is done using a pressure-measuring gauge that is wrapped around your arm to check your systolic and diastolic pressures (blood pressure monitor). A BP for hypertension test records how your blood presses against your arteries. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you may be recommended to undergo an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram test to further evaluate your cardiovascular health.

Diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose/HBA1C

A diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose test is done to check the level of glucose in your blood. A diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose test requires the patient to fast for 8 to 12 hours beforehand. This test is a method of diagnosing diabetes, prediabetes, gestational diabetes (diabetes which is present during pregnancy but goes away after giving birth) and type 2 diabetes (lifestyle-related diabetes). These conditions usually do not present symptoms at first. However, if your blood glucose levels are higher than normal during a diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose test, it may be a sign of diabetes. 

A HBA1C test is performed through a blood test to check for the amount of glucose that binds to hemoglobin (protein in your red blood cells) in the blood. This test is similar to a diabetic screen-fasting blood glucose test as it examines the average amount of glucose in your blood for the past 3 months. A high level of HBA1C is likely a sign of heart disease.

Lipid profile-cholesterol tests

A lipid profile-cholesterol test is typically done to check your cardiovascular health for any abnormalities. It measures for the amount of lipids (fat molecules) in your blood and checks for 5 types of lipids, such as:

  • Total amount cholesterol in your blood
  • High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good cholesterol” that is secreted by the liver)
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad cholesterol” that collects in blood vessels, which may cause damage to your arteries)
  • Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (contains more triglycerides than low-density lipoprotein cholestrol)
  • Trigylcerides (fat from food we eat stored in fat cells)

A lipid-profile cholesterol test is performed by collecting blood samples from the patient. It can evaluate the patient’s risk of heart disease such as myocardial infection (heart attacks). It can also diagnose conditions such as pancreatic inflammation or thyroid dysfunction.

When do you need to undergo a metabolic syndrome screening in Singapore?

A metabolic syndrome screening helps your doctor know if you are suffering from conditions such as diabetes or heart disease and develop a treatment plan for you. This is important as metabolic syndrome does not come with immediate symptoms. You should also let your doctor know about your medical history as women who have experienced diabetes during pregnancy are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Those who have a family history of diabetes may also be at risk. 

Some symptoms that may require a metabolic syndrome screening include: 

  • High blood sugar levels
  • Increase in blood pressure 
  • Excess body fats

How to prepare for a metabolic syndrome screening in Singapore?

  • Wear a sleeveless shirt or a top with sleeves that can be rolled up easily
  • Avoid consuming alcohol prior to the screening to ensure comfort
  • Have a full meal prior to the screening as blood may be drawn during the tests
  • Bring relevant past medical records to help in reaching a diagnosis

What happens after a metabolic syndrome screening in Singapore?

After a metabolic syndrome screening in Singapore, you will receive your results in about a week. If any unusual results are found, you will be referred to a specialist for additional tests and/or treatments. As metabolic syndrome can be reversed through methods such as healthier eating and exercise, it is important to consult an experienced doctor who can advise you further and/or prescribe you the correct medication.
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