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Yearly Archives: 2012

Building on your cholesterol check

Building on your cholesterol check

The American Heart Association recommends a fasting cholesterol test for adults over age 20 once every five years.  A simple test provides information about total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. But did you know there is a range of cholesterol tests?  For example, an NMR lipoprofile uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to evaluate [...]

December 2, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Heart Health & Cholesterol, Men's Health, Women's Health Comments Off on Building on your cholesterol check

Hey guys! Are you one of the 52 percent?

Hey guys! Are you one of the 52 percent?

If there are two things we know about men it’s that they dislike doctor visits and more than half don’t get enough exercise.  A third are considered obese and 31 percent have hypertension. Are you one of them? A simple blood and urine test, purchased online and fulfilled at a lab near you, can provide [...]

December 2, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Men's Health, Obesity and related diseases Comments Off on Hey guys! Are you one of the 52 percent?

Hey girl! If you don’t do it, it won’t get done

Hey girl! If you don’t do it, it won’t get done

Did you know that one lab test provides more than 50 health screens for women?  If you decide to do anything for yourself during the holidays, do this. Kick off the season with a lab test that provides 50 measures of health, including a complete blood count, cholesterol check, screens for diabetes, kidney and liver [...]

December 2, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Diabetes, Thyroid Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on Hey girl! If you don’t do it, it won’t get done

If you’re moody or muddled—check your thyroid

If you’re moody or muddled—check your thyroid

In a 2011 New York Times article titled, For Some, Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid, Dr. Russell Joffe, a psychiatrist at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, said “The best descriptions of clinical depression were actually in textbooks on thyroid disease, not psychiatric textbooks.” That’s because the effects of an underactive thyroid gland [...]

December 2, 2012 Susan Thyroid Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on If you’re moody or muddled—check your thyroid

Take a test to determine if you’re at risk for diabetes

Take a test to determine if you’re at risk for diabetes

First, take the Inherited Health Conditions test. If one or both of your parents has diabetes, consider an A1C test. What’s an A1C test? The most accurate test of blood glucose is the A1C test.  This blood test is used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes—and to gauge how well you’re controlling diabetes. [...]

November 8, 2012 Susan Diabetes Comments Off on Take a test to determine if you’re at risk for diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month and it’s serious

November is American Diabetes Month and it’s serious

This month is dedicated to educating people about the scourge of diabetes in the United States.  Why? Because nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Seventy nine million Americans have prediabetes—and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.[1]  It really is a scourge: diabetes is the fifth leading cause [...]

November 8, 2012 Susan Diabetes Comments Off on November is American Diabetes Month and it’s serious

Trick or treat? What you eat affects your bones.

Trick or treat? What you eat affects your bones.

Treating yourself to a diet rich in highly processed, salty, fatty foods puts you at risk for heart disease and diabetes—and may also damage your bones. Studies suggest a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins (such as fish), where the main source of dietary fat is olive oil, may produce [...]

October 4, 2012 Susan Bone health, Men's Health, Monthly Promotions, Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Trick or treat? What you eat affects your bones.

How to prevent bone loss

How to prevent bone loss

Bone growth and loss is a natural, regenerative process called bone turnover.  During childhood, bone formation exceeds bone deterioration resulting in bone growth. However, around age 30, breakdown exceeds formation and normal bone loss occurs. By midlife, because of hormone changes, diet, and lifestyle, about half of all women and a quarter of all men [...]

October 3, 2012 Susan Bone health, Men's Health, Monthly Promotions, Vitamin D Deficiency, Women's Health Comments Off on How to prevent bone loss

Avoid Radiation Exposure When Checking Bone Density

Avoid Radiation Exposure When Checking Bone Density

Doctors will look at personal risk factors such as age, diet, tobacco and alcohol use, family history, and physical activity to determine your risk for osteoporosis.  If you have one or more of these risk factors your doctor may recommend a dual energy xray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. This is the only scan used to diagnose [...]

October 2, 2012 Susan Bone health, Women's Health Comments Off on Avoid Radiation Exposure When Checking Bone Density

Frightful Facts for Women and Osteoporosis

Frightful Facts for Women and Osteoporosis

Most women are aware of the risks of osteoporosis; but few know the extent of the risk. Low bone density affects women of all ages and ethnicities. Some startling statistics published by the National Osteoporosis Foundation: Of the nearly 10 million people with osteoporosis, 8 million or 80% are women. In the years following menopause, [...]

October 1, 2012 Susan Bone health, Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Frightful Facts for Women and Osteoporosis