Men: Do You Suffer from Low Testosterone? 

In a physical sense, testosterone is what makes a man a man. It makes his voice deeper, his muscles larger and is responsible for his sex drive.

Testosterone levels tend to peak for men in their 20s. By the time a man reaches his 30s, he’s more likely to experience low testosterone.

A man who has low testosterone is subject to various symptoms. Awareness of these symptoms makes it possible to get tested for low testosterone and seek treatment.

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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.

 

 

DNA Testing for Immigration

Heated debates about immigration have flooded the news in recent months. Questions and concerns about admitting refugees have been on high, and American immigration policies have been under scrutiny.

We partner with AABB-accredited labs for immigration DNA testing, and that means that we are knowledgeable about biological relationships, and how they are established and confirmed during the process of immigration.

The immigration process  begins with a petition. Here’s how DNA testing fits into everything.

DNA Testing for Immigration Purposes

When is a DNA test necessary for immigration?

DNA testing is a required part of the immigration process when no credible evidence supporting an alleged biological relationship exists between the visa applicant and the petitioner. An applicant can usually provide legal, accepted documentation such as birth certificates and photos.

When this info is absent, however, a Consular Officer will suggest that applicants pursue DNA testing to prove the legitimacy of their stated relationship.

How does DNA testing for immigration work?

If it is determined that DNA testing should be pursued to make the application stronger, both the visa applicant and the petitioner must provide samples to be tested.

Petitioner

The first step for a petitioner is finding an accredited facility, or a collections site that works with an AABB-accredited laboratory such as ARCpoint Labs. The petitioner should then visit the collection site and have a buccal (cheek) swab DNA sample collected. The facility then sends the DNA sample to the lab following all chain of custody procedures to ensure court admissibility and accuracy of test results.

Visa Applicant

The process is a little different for the visa applicant. The AABB-accredited lab the petitioner works with sends the DNA test kit for the applicant to the Consulate in the applicant’s country or to the U.S. Embassy. When the Consulate or Embassy provides the kit, they contact the visa applicant directly, who then arranges payment fo rthe DNA test, and then goes to the Embassy or Consulate to provide a sample.

Results

Once testing is complete, the AABB lab in the U.S. delivers the results to the Embassy or Consulate, and a representative contacts the applicant so his or her application process can continue.

Immigration DNA Testing Collections from ARCpoint Labs

If you need DNA testing for immigration as a petitioner, contact ARCpoint Labs today. We will get the process started with our AABB-accredited partners.

Healthy Lunches to Go

Health conditions, food allergies, and food sensitivities require many people to watch what they eat. Diligence is one thing at home, but finding something quick and easy to take to work is a completely different animal. We know that eating healthy food is important, but many times lunch proves to be the most difficult meal to meet dietary restrictions. Sometimes we’re unprepared. Sometimes we’re too busy. Sometimes we just don’t want to prepare healthy lunches. Skipping meals or choosing bad-for-you options like fast food are very real possibilities. Rather than succumb to unhealthy temptations, we’ve put together a list of tasty, easy and good-for-you recipes to take to work.fresh  tortilla wraps with vegetables on the plate

Not a Bad Wrap

Wraps are some of the easiest and delicious recipes we know. You can make them in minutes and the possibilities for different ingredients or flavors are seemingly endless. You can pair your favorite wrap with some fresh fruit and veggies for a healthy, delicious lunch to fuel your body for the rest of your work day.

Turkey Avocado Wrap

In a whole wheat wrap — or gluten-free wrap depending on your food allergies — spread a small amount of mayonnaise, wrap up some sliced roasted turkey, avocado, tomato, cucumber and lettuce. You can jazz the recipe up with a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper and a squeeze of lime juice. Tired of turkey? Not a problem. You can use chicken or shrimp to give the wrap some variety.

Cobb Salad Wrap

Using the wrap of your choice, use sliced chicken and ham with lettuce, tomato, hard-boiled egg and some fat free ranch dressing. If you want to make it really special, throw in some sliced avocado and turkey bacon for a delicious and nutritious meal.

Make It Work for You

If you know what your body’s needs are, you can tailor your diet to maximize your health and wellness. Knowing what foods you can and can’t have is key to an optimal diet for you. ARCpoint labs offers allergy testing, vitamins and minerals deficiency testing, and cholesterol testing so you can know what you should eat to get healthier and feel better.

Find your nearest location to get started on a healthier you.

Stroke Prevention Tips Everyone Should Know

May is American Stroke Month. As part of this initiative, ARCpoint Labs is sharing stroke prevention tips.

First, the basics on strokes: a stroke is like an attack on the brain, and it’s an event that nearly 800,000 Americans experience every year. Strokes happen when blood isn’t able to circulate to the brain, causing blood cells to die. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke and understanding stroke prevention can mean avoiding this particularly hazardous condition.

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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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Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease may not receive the attention that other illnesses do, but it’s an affliction faced by almost 5.2 million Americans every year, and the number is only expected to rise as baby boomers grow older. Experts estimate that the number of adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s may triple by 2050 unless more effective medical treatments, cures, or preventative measures are discovered.

This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, ARCpoint Labs is sharing all about Alzheimer’s — including how you can lower your chances of developing the disease.

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The Basics on Diabetes

November is known as a food-focused month due to the Thanksgiving feast that occurs in most homes on the fourth Thursday. But it has other ties to food as well.

November is also Diabetes Awareness Month, the perfect time for people to learn more about the metabolic diseases known as Diabetes mellitus.

We’re sharing the basic information you need to know about diabetes, including how you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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First Ebola Diagnosis in the United States Raises Concern

ebolaAfter being sent home from the hospital two days before, Liberian national Eric Duncan returned to the hospital in critical care on Tuesday, September 30th. Upon arrival, American health officials identified this incident as the first-ever case of Ebola in the United States — something Americans should take very seriously.

What Happened

On September 30th, Eric Duncan, who was then in critical condition, was rushed to a Dallas hospital by ambulance. Upon arrival, the man was diagnosed with Ebola. What’s most concerning about this situation? Days before, the man was sent home from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after he had disclosed his recent visit to Liberia with the hospital’s health officials. Not only was this vital information not shared with the appropriate hospital officials, but the infected man was sent home with what health professionals considered to be a mild viral infection.

As a result of this tragic error in judgment, this man is now in critical but stable condition, while being treated for Ebola. Furthermore, approximately 100 people who may have been potentially exposed to the infected man are now under close observation for any signs of the deadly virus.

Why is Ebola Serious?

Ebola is a serious virus that has already taken the lives of approximately 3,000 West African citizens. When people are diagnosed, they are already exhibiting the symptoms. What makes Ebola especially dangerous is the fact that symptoms progress in severity rapidly, often resulting in death.

Symptoms of Ebola:

  • Fever
  • Intense gastrointestinal complications – diarrhea and vomiting
  • Muscular pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained bruising and bleeding

Protect Your Health

Although Ebola is not airborne and is only transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids — blood and saliva — of an infected person, it is still contagious. If you are exhibiting signs of Ebola or have been in contact with an infected person, seek medical treatment immediately. Interested in learning more about the condition of your immune system and overall health?

Find an ARCpoint Labs location near you to discover more about our titers test that can help analyze the level of antibodies in your system.

Women: Be Aware of These Health Issues

September is a popular month for awareness campaigns, and many of them are related to female health.

In honor of Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, Menopause Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month, ARCpoint Labs is covering the basics on these conditions.

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