4 Essential Lab Tests for Women of All Ages

No one enjoys having their blood drawn, but blood testing provides essential information. By looking at the results of blood testing, experienced technicians or your doctor can understand how well your body is performing, and make recommendations for further screenings. Regardless of their age, every woman should undergo four blood tests. Continue reading “4 Essential Lab Tests for Women of All Ages” »

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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Craving a Change? Try These Foods to Boost Male Health 

Did you know that there are foods that boost male health? You read that right. Some foods specifically help men feel strong and healthy. If you’re missing these items from your diet that could very well be the reason why you feel tired all the time. Certain vitamins and nutrients benefit your body making you operate optimally.

Your physical and mental well-being remains in the balance. It’s up to you to choose foods that boost male health. Here are some suggestions that do the body good.

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How Packing Your Own Lunch Improves Your Health

If you work, then you know how hectic life is. Lunch is frequently an afterthought, a hasty bite picked up at a fast food place.

However, those greasy burgers are not good for your health. That’s why there’s a growing movement toward bringing a lunch to work. It’s not just a trend that employers should embrace — although lower healthcare costs are nothing to balk at — it’s also something that individuals should consider to improve their health.

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Personal Trainers – Why Lab Testing is a Must for Your Clients

As any experienced personal trainer knows, good health comes from a variety of habits like eating right and exercising regularly.

However, it’s possible to move clients beyond the basics by encouraging them to have lab tests. Lab tests that are performed at the beginning of a fitness regimen provide a baseline, telling your client about the state of their health. As they progress in their training, they can go in for lab tests to track their progress. Seeing their cholesterol numbers drop and their cardiovascular health improve is the motivation clients need to keep them on the path toward health.

Here are some of the lab testing services we recommend for individuals working with personal trainers.

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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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Lung Cancer Facts: What You Need to Know

Lung cancer is a disease that claims the lives of about 432 Americans every day (Lung Cancer Alliance). It is the leading cause of cancer death, and 80.9% of those affected by lung cancer are current or former smokers. Despite the public awareness about the correlation between smoking and lung cancer, millions of Americans continue to smoke and millions of Americans continue to be affected by lung cancer. Read on for more information about the disease and how to help protect yourself from lung cancer.

What is Lung Cancer?

The lungs are a pair of organs located in the chest that bring oxygen into the body and release carbon dioxide out of the body. Lung cancer is a cancer that forms in these organs. There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Of the two, non-small cell is the more common form. Symptoms of lung cancer include coughing, chest pain, wheezing, and loss of weight. However, individuals rarely notice symptoms early on, meaning that once symptoms are apparent, the cancer is likely advanced.

Causes of Lung Cancer

The most common cause of lung cancer is smoking cigarettes, pipes, or cigars. The risk of cancer increases the more years an individual smokes and the earlier an individual begins smoking. Quitting smoking will help reduce that risk over time. Other factors that increase an individual’s risk of lung cancer include exposure to secondhand smoke, a family history of the disease, radiation therapy, exposure to certain chemicals, and air pollution. Lung cancer is typically detected by a physical exam, laboratory test, or chest x-ray, among other methods of detection.

Treatments for Lung Cancer

In some cases of lung cancer, surgery to remove the tumors is an option. In other cases, doctors may recommend chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Sometimes a combination of these options is used to treat the cancer. Targeted drug therapies, in addition to clinical trials, are newer treatment methods used to target specific cancer cells or mutations. As with all forms of cancer, chances of recovery are higher the earlier the cancer is detected.

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With Healthcare Open Enrollment Impending, Know Your Options

Have you marked November 1st on your calendar?

It’s an important day, as it marks the start of Open Enrollment for 2016 plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Likewise, at many companies, open enrollment occurs around the same time, allowing employees to weigh their options.

When you’re making decisions that affect cost of medical care, you should consider all the choices you have. This includes nontraditional healthcare, such as telehealth.

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Diet & Exercise Prove Effective in Diabetes Prevention

Per the CDC, 29.1 million Americans — 9.3% of the population — had diabetes as of 2012. Many of these — up to 8.1 million — are undiagnosed.

Clearly, diabetes prevention needs to be a priority for all Americans. Some recent research is shedding light on what is the most effective preventative measure against the disease: diet and exercise.

Here’s what you should know about the study results.

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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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