The Benefits of Diet & Exercise DNA Testing

Wondering why your diet isn’t working for you and you’re not seeing any results from your exercise plan? Would you be willing to find out what is the best dietary recommendations for your body in order to achieve your goals?  Continue reading “The Benefits of Diet & Exercise DNA Testing” »

American Heart Month-National Wear Red Day February 3rd

February is the month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in their communities. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Each year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease.  Continue reading “American Heart Month-National Wear Red Day February 3rd” »

8 Tips To Start Off Diet Resolution Week

We are sharing 10 great tips to help you stay on track and stick to your healthy diet! Keep up with these tips not only during Diet Resolution Week, but throughout the entire year.

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The Habits You Need to Break to Lose Weight 

If you want to get serious about your intention to lose weight, then you need to change the way you eat, exercise, and live your life daily.

Here are some of the top habits you need to break if you want to lose weight for good.

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How a Daily Walk Could Improve Your Health (Strenuous Exercise Not Required!)

Think you don’t have time to get healthy?

Contrary to popular belief, a strenuous workout isn’t necessary for good health. A daily walk may be all you need to lose weight and even live longer.

Here’s how a quick journey around the block might help you get healthier!

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Why Personalized Medicine Is the New Normal

Until recently, it seemed like medicine was a “one size fits all field,” and doctors prescribed the same treatments for every patient with a certain tradition. Sure, there were some variances for people who were allergic to penicillin or other medications, but the healing process was pretty much trial and error. Many patients grew frustrated with having to make repeat visits to the doctor and not feeling better. Pharmacogenetics and personalized medicine has changed the game with using DNA samples to determine the right course of action for the individual. Here are some of the ways health care professionals are using DNA data to individualize treatments:

Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenetics testing uses a saliva sample to create a personal genetic profile. A skilled lab tech analyzes your DNA sample against profiles of common medications and determines which ones will react best with your body and help you feel better the fastest.

Wellness DNA Testing

With wellness DNA testing, you can get the information to make the best choices for you with things like diet and exercise in mind.

Sound Nutrition Through Wellness Testing

A trained dietitician can use your DNA information to determine what foods you should eat. Some people do not do well with the low fat, high carbohydrate diet that nutritionists have been recommending for years. On the other hand, some of those dieters who jumped on the low carbohydrate, high fat diets a decade ago found that a different approach was better. DNA testing provides the information to let you make healthy choices.

Fitness Routines Through Wellness Testing

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to be born to run while others are much more at home lifting heavy weights? Your DNA holds the information to determine the perfect workout routine for you. We know that a solid fitness regimen is an integral part of physical health, but blanket recommendations of lifting weights and getting cardiovascular activity in three days a week simply does not work for every person. A DNA test can determine what will work for you, whether it’s endurance activities like running or cycling, or it’s shorter bursts of more intense activities like sprinting or lifting heavy weights for low repetitions.

Your DNA holds the code for your optimal health and longevity, and wellness testing can help you unlock it. To learn more, contact any ARCpoint Labs location today.

 

 

4 Lab Tests to Help You Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

Every year when January 1 rolls around, the gyms get packed and the health food aisles grow sparse. Most people commit themselves to diet and exercise plans blindly, without real regard for how effective they’ll be.

While we applaud any attempt to get healthy, we also think that it’s important that realistic and achievable resolutions are made. Fortunately, there are a number of basic lab tests that can help you learn more about your individual health and achieve resolutions in 2016!

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter’s combination of seemingly endless cold weather, gray skies and holiday stress can be enough to get anyone down, but it doesn’t have to. With a few easy and scientifically-backed tips, you can beat the winter blues and be back in good spirits in no time. Here they are:

Eat Smarter, not Harder

Search Google for “holiday weight gain” and you’ll find resource after resource telling you how to avoid it. Certain foods are good not only for your body, but for your mood. Dark chocolate, for instance, actually helps relieve anxiety. Other candies and carbohydrate may provide temporary euphoric feelings, but they’re short-lived and can fall away to greater anxiety and depression.

Get Active

While it may seem counter-intuitive when it’s freezing outside, a brisk 35-minute walk five times a week can improve mild to moderate symptoms of depression.

Help Others

Volunteering at your local soup kitchen can improve your overall mental health and life satisfaction.

Make Your Own Environment Brighter

Your body may crave more daylight, which the winter sun won’t produce. Sitting next to an artificial light called a light box for half an hour a day can be as effective as antidepressants. Open your blinds and curtains and sit closer to your windows to get an extra dose of sunshine.

Effectively Simulate Dawn

People with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression that sets in during the late fall or early winter feel irritable, depressed, lethargic and have trouble waking up. To combat those symptoms, a dawn simulator may help alleviate some of those symptoms and make it easier for the SAD-sufferer to make it out of bed.

Follow the above tips to beat the winter blues. For more information about how you can stay positive this holiday season, find your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today.

Healthy Lifestyles: Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes affects the way the body can process glucose in the blood. About 29 million Americans have diabetes, meaning that about one in 10 people suffer from the disease. Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Those who develop diabetes must deal with the disease for the rest of their lives, meaning that prevention is the only way to reduce the rates of type 2 diabetes. There are several different risk factors for diabetes, including genes, excess weight, excess glucose in the liver, and inefficient communication between certain cells in the body. Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Causes of Type 2 Diabetes

Genetics can play a big role in the development of diabetes. However, behavioral and lifestyle factors make up the biggest influences on development of the disease. Data from several studies has found that five main factors are related to about 90 percent of type 2 diabetes cases. These five factors include being overweight, not getting enough exercise, an unhealthy diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Obesity especially can result in insulin resistance. Increases in childhood obesity have also raised concerns about increasing numbers of younger individuals affected by diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Type 2 diabetes is highly preventable by avoiding the risk factors and working towards healthier lifestyles. For example, a study by the Diabetes Prevention Program looked at how weight loss and exercise affected the development of type 2 diabetes among people who were at risk for developing diabetes but hadn’t yet developed the disease. After three years, they found 58 percent fewer cases of development of diabetes in the group assigned to exercise and weight loss than in the control group. There are several things each individual can do for diabetes prevention.

  • Avoiding excess weight or losing weight greatly reduces diabetes rates. In fact, being obese gives a you a 20 to 40 times increased likelihood of developing diabetes.
  • Exercising regularly makes it easier for the body to absorb glucose and use insulin.
  • Having a healthy diet is an important part of diabetes prevention. Try to reduce things like refined grains and sugary foods and drinks, which have a high glycemic index. Instead, eat more whole grains like brown rice and whole grain bread.

Type 2 Diabetes Testing

ARCpoint Labs offers tests that determine if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic. We also provide lab tests to assist in managing the disease if you already have it. Locate your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today.

Know Your Numbers This New Year With Basic Lab Tests

Happy New Year from ARCpoint Labs!

2015 is officially upon us, and if you’ve made resolutions, you may be among the 1/3 of people who have made weight loss, fitness, or health a priority.

We encourage a healthy diet and exercise at ARCpoint Labs, but know that sometimes, making goals to “work out more” and “eat better” doesn’t work if you don’t have benchmarks to measure your success.

Here’s why you should use basic lab tests to know your numbers this new year — and which lab tests are necessary for your health resolutions!

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