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Yearly Archives: 2013

Vitamin D Deficiency: A Detriment of Staying Indoors All Winter

Vitamin D Deficiency: A Detriment of Staying Indoors All Winter

Vitamin D plays a critical role in promoting good health. Unfortunately, during the winter months, many people become deficient because weather conditions force them to stay indoors. While fortified foods and certain types of fish provide limited amounts of Vitamin D, direct sunlight is the primary source for this important nutrient. As people limit their [...]

December 30, 2013 Ashley Blood Testing, Nutrition, Vitamin D Deficiency Comments Off on Vitamin D Deficiency: A Detriment of Staying Indoors All Winter

New Year’s Resolutions: Setting Your Fitness Goals

New Year’s Resolutions: Setting Your Fitness Goals

Every year, countless Americans make New Year’s Resolutions that center on fitness. Sadly, many of these commitments falter relatively quickly for a variety of reasons. Often, we lose interest in our fitness routines, because we’re focused on the wrong goals. We all want attractive physiques; however, successful diet and exercise regimens typically focus on goals [...]

December 26, 2013 Ashley Miscellaneous health topics, Nutrition, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions: Setting Your Fitness Goals

Surviving Holiday Parties: Watching Your Cholesterol and Your Weight

Surviving Holiday Parties: Watching Your Cholesterol and Your Weight

Photo Credit:  Peter Kaminski with creative commons license The holidays are all about celebrations; family and friends getting together to eat, drink, and be merry. While all this social interaction is wonderful, tantalizing arrays of holiday foods can derail the diet of even the most disciplined. To fight the temptation and keep your healthy diet [...]

December 23, 2013 Ashley Cholesterol Screens, Nutrition, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on Surviving Holiday Parties: Watching Your Cholesterol and Your Weight

Cyber Monday Sale – 2013

Cyber Monday Sale – 2013

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December 1, 2013 Ashley Miscellaneous health topics Comments Off on Cyber Monday Sale – 2013

FSA or HSA: Use It or Lose It

FSA or HSA: Use It or Lose It

The end of the year is approaching fast. Do you know the details of your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Spending Account (HSA)? Each plan has advantages and disadvantages, and new rules have recently been put in place to make FSA’s more appealing. FSA or HSA? Health savings plans and flexible spending accounts are [...]

November 26, 2013 Ashley Blood Testing, Health Screens, Miscellaneous health topics Comments Off on FSA or HSA: Use It or Lose It

“Movember” Brings Humor and Awareness to Men’s Health Issues

“Movember” Brings Humor and Awareness to Men’s Health Issues

For years, November was mostly characterized by turkey dinners and early Christmas shopping. These days, however, it’s taken on new meaning, thanks to a powerful movement aimed at supporting male health. Dubbed “Movember,” this month-long charity event asks men to don attention-grabbing mustaches to raise awareness about serious health issues that shorten lives. In doing [...]

November 11, 2013 Ashley Cancer screenings, Men's Health Comments Off on “Movember” Brings Humor and Awareness to Men’s Health Issues

Way before the baby, test your folate

Way before the baby, test your folate

Folic acid is a B vitamin that the body needs to make new cells.  It’s critically important to women who are planning to get pregnant because folate or folic acid can help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Both of these defects occur very early in fetal development when development of the [...]

November 7, 2013 Susan Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Way before the baby, test your folate

Get more from your health-care budget

Get more from your health-care budget

As the tax year comes to end, it’s time to think about how you’re going to save for 2014 health-care expenses and how you’re going to spend remaining HSA and FSA dollars. The difference between health savings and flexible spending accounts Both health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible spending accounts (FSA) reduce your taxable income.  [...]

November 7, 2013 Susan Blood Testing, Health Screens, Miscellaneous health topics Comments Off on Get more from your health-care budget

High blood pressure med can mask hyperthyroidism

High blood pressure med can mask hyperthyroidism

If you’re on blood pressure medication—and having trouble sleeping at night, consider testing the tiny (but mighty) thyroid gland. When the thyroid is over active—a condition called hyperthyroidism—production of too much thyroid hormone “speeds up” the body causing rapid pulse, higher blood pressure, tremors, anxiety and nervousness. In older adults, symptoms of over-active thyroid are [...]

November 7, 2013 Susan Men's Health, Thyroid Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on High blood pressure med can mask hyperthyroidism

Managing health in a changing health care world

Managing health in a changing health care world

You don’t have to be a doctor (or a detective) to get the facts straight All the talk about managing your health in a changing health care environment doesn’t make it easier to understand the results of lab tests—it can be overwhelming to individuals untrained in the medical arts. However, your lab test results are [...]

September 26, 2013 Susan Blood Testing, Health Screens, Heart Health & Cholesterol, Men's Health, Tests to detect and manage diabetes, Weight Loss & FItness, Women's Health Comments Off on Managing health in a changing health care world