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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

Live long and prosper, but how?

Live long and prosper, but how?

If you’re reading this, you’re close… Health conscious women and men—especially those who read health blogs—try hard to do the right thing; whether it means getting enough exercise, fiber, water, Vitamin D, sleep. We know certain conditions come with the genes that made us; but likewise, there are things we can do that will contribute [...]

September 26, 2013 Susan Health Screens, Heart Health & Cholesterol, Men's Health, Tests to detect and manage diabetes, Vitamin D Deficiency, Weight Loss & FItness, Women's Health Comments Off on Live long and prosper, but how?

A nutrition primer from Lifetime health advisors

A nutrition primer from Lifetime health advisors

A nutrition primer from Lifetime dietitians Sometimes the simplest lessons are the hardest to learn.  At Lifetime, dietitians teach simple rules of nutrition to help individuals learn (or relearn) how to properly fuel their bodies. Nutritional knowledge is critically important in maintaining health and vitality and enhancing longevity. Start with the basics:  The foundation of [...]

September 26, 2013 Susan Men's Health, Miscellaneous health topics, Nutrition, Weight Loss & FItness, Women's Health Comments Off on A nutrition primer from Lifetime health advisors

What’s a blood count count?

What’s a blood count count?

Have you ever wondered what a blood count counts? A complete blood count reports the number of red and white blood cells and platelets there are in the blood and the physical characteristics of the cells, including size, shape, and content. The story told by white cells, red cells and platelets Here’s a quick refresher [...]

August 31, 2013 Susan Blood Testing, Health Screens, Men's Health, Miscellaneous health topics, Women's Health Comments Off on What’s a blood count count?

A super-sized test for ordinary (and extraordinary) people

A super-sized test for ordinary (and extraordinary) people

A super chemistry blood test won’t reveal your secret super powers. But it will measure a whole range of substances in your blood to determine if you’re in the “normal” range. The Super Chemistry blood test can be taken alone or purchased with additional tests—such as hormone, fertility, thyroid and other tests. It includes a [...]

August 31, 2013 Susan Blood Testing, Health Screens, Men's Health, Miscellaneous health topics, Thyroid Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on A super-sized test for ordinary (and extraordinary) people

Liver disease is not just for dipsomaniacs

Liver disease is not just for dipsomaniacs

Most people associate liver disease with a bleary-eyed, chronic alcoholic (a condition called dipsomania in the 19th century). But there’s another type of liver disease that has little to do with alcohol and more to do with overeating.  Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) describes the accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink [...]

July 18, 2013 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Miscellaneous health topics, Obesity and related diseases, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on Liver disease is not just for dipsomaniacs

How Diabetes 2 Starts

How Diabetes 2 Starts

Obesity and diabetes 2 are kissing cousins. Type 2 diabetes occurs later in life or with obesity at any age. Insulin resistance precedes the development of type 2 diabetes, sometimes by years. Here’s how insulin works and what happens when cells can’t use insulin properly. The consequence of too many carbs, every day The most [...]

July 18, 2013 Susan Diabetes, Obesity and related diseases, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on How Diabetes 2 Starts