A comprehensive guide to testing, medical imaging and other health and illness prevention-related services. Click on the screening category to learn more about these services, individual tests & screening items
Hectic, stressful and polluted city living can have a detrimental impact on our health over time. Measurement of some general parameters can provide an early indication of general physical wellbeing and provide early insight into potential future health issues.
Waist & hip measurements can be recorded and the waist to hip ratio (WHR) calculated. A high WHR is an indication of excess abdominal fat - referred to as "abdominal obesity". According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), abdominal obesity is defined as WHR above 0.90 for males and above 0.85 for females. Excess abdominal fat is associated with a number of conditions including type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, high triglycerides & high blood pressure, as well as coronary disease and some forms of cancer. The WHO STEPS protocol for measuring waist circumference instructs that the measurement be made at the approximate midpoint between the lower margin of the last palpable rib and the top of the iliac crest, while the hip circumference measurement should be taken around the widest portion of the buttocks.