5 Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Cholesterol

By now, most people are aware that the “standard” American diet is unhealthy — full of trans fats, excessive salt, and lots of sugar. It’s no wonder why heart disease and stroke are the number one killers. Having high cholesterol increases your chances of heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. Below are five easy lifestyle changes that will strengthen your heart and could possibly keep you off cholesterol-lowering medications. Continue reading “5 Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Cholesterol” »

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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Sleep is the Key to College Success

Sleep is restorative.

It is the answer to college success because when the body is rested, the mind is clear. You have an easier time focusing on the things that matter to you academically and professionally. Rest is imperative to good health and your overall well-being.

College students are among the most sleep-deprived populations in the world according to sleep college studies. Academic and economic demands make it easy for young men and women to skip out on sleep in favor of studying and working. Sleep college studies have proven that many students suffer from insomnia which affects how their brains process information. Tired men and women are more likely to have an accident, too. Continue reading “Sleep is the Key to College Success” »

Breaking Down Food Labels: What to Pay Attention to

Good nutrition starts by knowing how to read a food label and the information to pay attention. This ensures that you’re getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to satisfy daily recommendations for good health.

The next time you’re having problems deciphering a food label, remember our tips!

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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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Methods of Getting “Healthy” Aren’t Always so Healthy

The average person puts a lot of emphasis on weight when it comes to being healthy and fit. However, weight is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, the idea of an individual’s healthy weight tends to be a much better measure. When people focus on being healthy, they have better results in the long run that those who focus on attaining a certain weight at any cost. Tomorrow is Women’s Healthy Weight Day, which makes it the perfect time to discuss the different between being healthy and simply losing weight.

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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.

Keys to Healthy Aging

Happy Healthy Aging Month!

September is the time we draw attention to how individuals can promote healthy aging and live full, quality lives in their senior years.

Today, we’re sharing some key ways that adults 65+ (or nearing that age) can promote their own healthy aging.

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How Your Cholesterol Levels Impact Overall Health

To many people, cholesterol is just another number. Most don’t really stop to consider what the number means for their health.

Today, we are outlining some of the ways that cholesterol affects your health overall.

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Make Your Diet Vitamin-Rich

March is National Nutrition Month, and that makes this the perfect time to start working on eating right.

In our last post, we shared how to start your diet off right with basic health tests like a cholesterol check, heart health panels, and more — and we’re adding another test to the list this week: a vitamin and minerals deficiency test.

A simple blood draw can reveal what vitamins or minerals your body isn’t getting enough of so that you can adjust your diet and supplement as needed.

To help make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition you need, check out our list of vitamins and minerals that you should be getting in your diet – and the foods you can eat to get the right levels.

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