If you’re on the fence about offering biometric screening for your workers, these findings may help tip the scales.
Biometric screenings (of employees’ blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol levels and/or blood pressure) are a better — and less subjective — indicator of staffers’ health risks than even insurance claims, according to experts at Buck Consultants and Towers Watson.
And by uncovering certain health risks, companies have a much better shot at preventing employees’ future health problems.
For example, approximately 23% of all workers have high blood pressure. And of that percentage, a full 30% are undiagnosed and 10% aren’t being treated for their problem. Treating high blood pressure cuts hospitalization for heart attacks by 25% — and it cuts hospitalization for strokes by 33%.
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