Archives for February 2016

Could Omega-3s Reduce Breast Cancer Risk for Obese Women?

A randomized clinical trial of 266 women who were normal weight, overweight or obese with high breast density suggested that obese women could reduce their risk of breast cancer by taking omega-3 fatty acids. Cancer Prevention Research published the findings.

Inflammation & Obesity

The breast cancer risk is higher in obese women due to the inflammation related to obesity,  according to Dr. Andrea Manni, professor and division chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Penn College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, so that’s one of the reasons why we suspected it may be particularly effective in obese women,” Dr. Manni said

Omega-3s Have Mega Health Benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish oil, and in some nut and plant oils. and are associated with improving cholesterol profiles and reducing the risk of coronary heart diseases.

Inconclusive Past Results

Previous studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may help protect against breast cancer in obese women, although results have remained inconclusive. Dr. Manni suspects data obtained from women with normal weights may have caused this inconsistency.

The aim of the study was to measure the change in the participants’ breast density over two years. High breast density appears to be a risk factor for breast cancer; according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), women with dense breast have a four- to sixfold increased risk of developing the disease.

“The higher the breast density, the more likely the woman will develop breast cancer,” asserts Dr. Manni.

However, scientists are divided as to why breast density is an independent cancer risk.

Omega-3 fatty acids provide seemingly countless health benefits. To learn more about healthy choices and lowering your risk of cancer, visit your nearest Test Smartly Labs today. We provide accurate results so you can evaluate your health.

American Heart Month: Taking Care of Your Heart Health

February is designated American Heart Month, the perfect time for individuals to begin prioritizing their heart health.

We’ve written extensively about how you can easily monitor and improve your heart health, what heart disease is, and how you can prevent it.

Today, we’re exploring how basic lab tests can help you monitor your heart health.

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Genetic Testing Can Improve Cancer Treatment

When most people think of DNA tests, daytime talkshows or primetime crime dramas come to mind. Many people associate DNA testing with questions of paternity or forensic tests to figure out whodunnit.

As scientists and inventors continue to innovate, the capabilities and applications of DNA testing expand beyond just establishing biological relationships, revealing ancestry, and identifying culprits. More and more, doctors, dieticians, and health professionals are using DNA testing for personalized treatment. This includes the use of pharmacogenetics testing, which can help doctors identify genetic variations that affect how our bodies react to medicines.

One of the ways that healthcare professionals are now applying pharmacogenetics testing is in the treatment of cancer. Read on to see how this innovative genetic testing is helping cancer patients.

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Why You Should Snack on Almonds Today

Almonds are not only delicious, but they’re one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Suggesting you should snack on almonds should be a no-brainer. For those of you who may be skeptical, we’ve put together information about the host of benefits you’ll get just by snacking on almonds.

Go Nuts for Almonds

Eating 23 almonds a day is an easy way to get essential and crucial nutrients in your system every day. Almonds are low in sugar and high in heart-healthy unsaturated fats. How much of those lovely lipids to you get with each serving? Try 13 grams. And to top it off, the serving of almonds only have one gram of satruated fat, six grams of protein and zero grams of cholesterol.

A Hearty Thank You

The FDA reported that 1-5 ounces of almonds — and most other nuts — may reduce the risk of heart disease. Almonds are high in magnesium, which helps prevent hypertension and heart attacks in a big way. Clinical studies have shown that these special tree nuts can be effective in reducing bad cholesterol and preserving the good kind.

A Host of Benefits

Not only are almonds great for your heart, they also promote gastrointentional health and prevent diabetes. Almonds have lots of fiber, which gives them prebiotic properties, meaning that they promote good gut bacteria that helps maintain a healthy balance.

Roasted vs. Raw Almonds

Raw, unsalted almonds are a safe bet as far as your health is concerned. However, some people prefer the taste of roasted almonds. Dry roasted almonds and raw almonds have the same calorie count — 160, but be careful about almonds roasted in oil, because they have far more calories.

Contact any Test Smartly Labs location for more information on why almonds are so great and healthy eating in general today.