Who can undergo this type of examination?

This examination is recommended for individuals who are overweight  (with a body mass index greater than 25), and facing additional risk factors such as smoking, family history of cardiovascular disease, hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia, hypertension or obesity (with a body mass index greater than 30).


Unfortunately, weight gain is complicated. It is a combination of hormonal controls, diet composition, genetics and lifestyle changes including sleep, physical activity and stress levels. All these factors combined can cause an imbalance in an individual’s body. Therefore, by undergoing an examination to get to the root of the problem, individuals can go about living a healthy lifestyle with reduced risk of complications. In turn, controlling weight and metabolism can help restore balance.


Why undergo this type of examination?

Obesity, hypertension, abnormal metabolism of fat and sugar, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle are all severe risk factors for the occurrence of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, which can cause a heart attack and stroke. 


Identifying and possibly treating these factors (either pharmacologically or other) can help prevent complications and ensure an individual a long and healthier life. Humanitas Lab offers patients a complete path for prevent, diagnosis, and medical treatment of main metabolic problems.


The patient will be greeted by a highly qualified Humanitas doctor who will create a personalized program for further investigation of the patient’s overall health status and continue to follow them through each step of the process along the way. A customized dietary treatment plan will also be presented to the patient, based on findings, phenotype and needs of patient in question. A careful analysis of clinical examinations by a specialist also allows for excluding more serious problems and providing patients with precise necessary information needed to help trace the framework of their health. 

When to undergo this type of examination?

The examination course is available for any individual on Thursday.



What does this type of examination entail?


The examination includes:

  • Dietary assessment: A comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s food intake
  • Metabolic disease specialist: A specialist responsible for detecting inherited metabolic disorders (different types of medical conditions caused by genetic defect) 
  • Blood test*: a sample of an individual’s blood taken via vein to help evaluate the main organs and provide useful information as to their function within the body.
  • Electrocardiogram: An examination of the patient’s chest by use of an electrocardiograph, designed to help trace the heart’s electrical activity


Additional tests include the following: 

  • Blood test
  • Bone density scan (MOC) with technical DEXA (dual X-ray Absorptiometry): An examination that measures bone mass contained in the skeleton.
  • Ultrasound of the abdomen: A non-invasive procedure designated to study the organs of the abdomen and the major blood vessels found in the abdominal cavity



(*) Blood count, C-reactive protein, glucose, cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, creatinine, urea, hormone thyroid stimulating hormone TSH, Sodium, Potassium, Creatine, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase,Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase.