Will Testing Keep Athletes off Steroids?

If you are an athlete, the best way to make sure you are not disqualified from the competition you’ve worked so hard getting ready for is to stay away from all questionable substances and performance-enhancing drugs.  Continue reading “Will Testing Keep Athletes off Steroids?” »

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” »

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.

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.



Back To School: Are Your Child’s Immunizations Current?

Make Sure Your Children Are Current on Their Vaccinations Before They Go Back to School

While there is some controversy around the subject, the fact of the matter is simple: children need vaccines. Making sure your kids are up-to-date on their immunizations is one of the most important things you can do as a parent for their long-term health and wellness — as well as their friends’ health, their classmates’ health, and their entire community’s health.Vaccine - a doctor giving  vaccination girl, health, prevention

What do parents need to know?

To keep your children healthy, many states require that school-age children are vaccinated against certain diseases. Some states like California do not accept any non-religious exceptions for not immunizing children. If you’re unsure of what vaccinations your child needs, check with your child’s doctor, your health department, or your child’s school.

Vaccinations Help Prevent Outbreaks of Diseases

Vaccines have made some vaccine-preventable diseases extremely rare. (When was the last case of smallpox you’ve heard about?) Even with those diseases’ rarity, outbreaks still happen. The United States recorded an astronomical number of  measles cases in 2014 with 668 cases in 27 states. According to the CDC, 2014 had the greatest number of measles cases since the year 2000. As of July 2015, 178 measles cases have already been reported.

From January 1 – June 26, almost 9000 whooping cough cases have been reported to the CDC. While children who have been vaccinated for whooping cough can still be infected, they are much more likely to have a mild sickness when compared to their non-vaccinated counterparts.

Your Community Depends on It

Test Smartly Labs proudly offers many health- and life-saving vaccinations from flu shots to MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis)  Your child and your entire community deserves to be safe and disease-free. If you’re unsure of your child’s immunizations or if you’ve lost his or her records, ARCpoint proudly offers testing which can verify your child’s immunity.

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Prioritize Your Health This Winter

With the busiest of seasons upon us, it’s very easy for people to focus on immediate tasks — buy! wrap! decorate! clean! cook! — and let more important, long-term concerns — their health, in particular — fall to the wayside.

We’re sharing some easy ways that you can keep your health at the top of your to-do list during the holidays, and beyond.

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Do you Know the Truth About Your Health? The Risk Factor Many Americans Don’t Know

If I were to ask you to describe your health right now, what would you say?

Would you explain that you’re feeling quite well or maybe that you have been under the weather for the past few days? Many of us think of our health in terms of the here and now. However, there are bigger issues at hand. Continue reading “Do you Know the Truth About Your Health? The Risk Factor Many Americans Don’t Know” »

It’s Your Choice

Choice noun: the opportunity or power to choose between two or more possibilities : the opportunity or power to make a decision

We make choices every day. This morning, you chose what to eat for breakfast before choosing what clothes to wear. We make so many choices that we tend to gloss over them and don’t recognize the process of choosing.

There might be a few areas of your life that seem to be predetermined — maybe you feel like you don’t have a choice. You may not think you have the opportunity to make a decision between multiple alternatives. Continue reading “It’s Your Choice” »

Check your Cholesterol: Major Heart Disease Risk Factor

There are several risk factors for heart disease. Some can be controlled by the individual, while others are uncontrollable.

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Since high cholesterol does not have symptoms, it is impossible to know your cholesterol levels without a cholesterol screening. Completing regular cholesterol screenings can have a major impact on your health. Identifying your levels early can help you make changes and lower your risk of heart disease or heart attack.

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Why am I Tired? Health Issues Related to Fatigue

Feeling exhausted more frequently than usual these days? There might be a health related reason for your exhaustion. You should seek medical help to learn more about your fatigue. As you keep researching possible issues, however, here are a few of the health issues that are connected to tiredness.

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