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January Health Testing News 

It's A New Year!
A New Year usually means another round of self-made promises. What's your New Year's resolution for 2013? Eat less and exercise more? Stop smoking? Save more money?

You're not alone. By some estimates, nearly 68% of all Americans make three or more resolutions. Most resolutions involve beginning a good behavior - but as we head into 2013 let's not forget how important it is to take care of ourselves year round.
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The Top Ten New Year's Resolutions
  1. Spend more time with family.
  2. Make more time for fitness.
  3. Lose those extra pounds.
  4. Quit smoking.
  5. Make time to smell the flowers; enjoy life more.
  6. Give up the alcohol, or at least moderate the intake.
  7. Get and stay out of debt.
  8. Learn something new.
  9. Reach out to others and lend a hand.
  10. Get organized so all the other nine resolutions can fall into place!
A note on New Year resolutions: Persistence pays. Of those who were successful at reaching their number one resolution, only 40% made it on their first try. Those who kept trying were the most successful. If one of your resolutions includes getting healthier in 2013, why not start the year with a baseline of overall health and monitor your progress as the year goes by?

A powerful combination of lab tests ordered most frequently by primary care physicians that includes: 1) Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) - this well-rounded panel measures glucose, uric acid levels, electrolytes and calcium levels, blood fats including triglycerides, proteins and enzymes in the blood. All are good indicators of how your body metabolizes sugar levels, waste products, minerals, potassium, sodium and fats that affect your major organs. 2) Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differential - this specific test measure white blood count, red blood count, iron levels, hemoglobin (Hgb) and hematocrit (Hct). 3) Lipid Profile - a blood test that measures total levels of cholesterol and triglycerides which are risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. 4)  Urinalysis (UA) - one of the oldest and most proven methods of medical diagnosis, this simple test can measure the body's ability to filter impurities and maintain normal levels of glucose, protein and other critical components that help you stay healthy.
TEST PROFILE OF THE MONTH

Ideal For Borderline Cholesterol Levels - $129

Unlike traditional cholesterol testing, this advanced cardio vascular diagnostic tool produces a digital representation of molecules and measures the size and volume of particles produced by LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol).

The NMR LipoProfile provides a specific, in-depth look at both good and bad cholesterol through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Not only does it provide subclasses of cholesterol, the NMR also helps determine how LDL is metabolized. The main benefit to a NMR LipoProfile is that it is used as tool to design an individualized treatment plan for long-term health benefits before LDL levels become a major health risk. In addition to the NMP LipoProfile, Health Testing Centers offer cholesterol and heart health testing that includes:

Lipid Profile for $39 - the American Heart Association recommends that adults 20 and older should have a fasting lipid profile that measures total cholesterol, which is HDL and LDL, with a desirable total level no higher than 200.  Because elevated cholesterol levels don't produce symptoms, it's important to have your levels checked on a regular basis, especially if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease. Elevated triglycerides, included in the Lipid Profile, are a lifestyle risk factor (obesity, smoking, excess alcohol) and can indicate diabetes and other major organ diseases.

Heart Health Screening Level II
This $299 cardiac testing package includes Basic Health Screening, NMR LipoProfile, Lipid Profile, Homocysteine (an amino acid the body uses to produce energy) and a High-sensitivity C - reactive protein test, or hs-CRP. Together, these tests are a powerful way to help determine cardiovascular health. Early detection of heart disease means that steps can be taken to reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Mold Allergies Got You Down?

To add insult to injury, the victims of Hurricane Sandy are at greater risk for mold allergies.

Since mold spores are airborne and mold tends to grow in dark, damp areas, the wreckage left behind by the super storm has increased exposure for those whose homes and businesses were flood-damaged. Some researchers say that due to climate warming, which can result in bigger, more powerful storms, mold allergies have increased by as much as 12%.

Receding flood waters make a perfect breeding ground 

Allergies are an inherited trait, so if you have family members who suffer from allergies, you're more likely to suffer from allergy symptoms, which include coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and in more severe cases, rashes, hives and even serious breathing problems. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says people with an allergy to mold combined with a compromised immune system are at special risk.

So what to do? Locate and eliminate the mold immediately and get tested.

A panel of blood tests that screen for reactions to common types of mold found in homes and buildings. Call Health Testing Centers and order a mold allergy test over the phone and get 20% off the regular price, you can have the test and and see your doctor with the results. 
January is National Blood Donor Month

Give Blood and You Could Be Saving a Life

Don't forget to give back in January which is National Blood Donor Month. Volunteer blood donors, of which there are an estimated 10.8 million in the U.S., help save lives. Each day, about 44,000 units of blood are needed to treat patients with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Most healthy adults are eligible to donate blood and patients scheduled for surgery can donate their own blood to themselves.

Give Blood and Determine Your Blood Type

The most common blood type (ABO grouping and RHO typing) is O positive, followed by A positive. The least common is AB negative. To learn more about the practice and standards for blood transfusions and how you can become a blood donor, go to www.aabb.org. If you don't know the specifics of your blood type and are not donating blood soon, Health Testing Centers offer:
 
Blood Type Testing (ABO Grouping and Rho Typing) - $49
January 6 - 12 Is National Folic Acid Awareness Week

What is Folic Acid?

Folic acid (or folate) are forms of an important nutritional element that, in recommended amounts, helps to prevent birth defects. Both folate and folic acid are forms of the B9 vitamin, naturally found in foods such as leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, beans whole grains and liver. Most cereals and grains produced within the U.S. are fortified with the B-vitamin folic acid.
 
Sufficient amounts of folic acid are necessary to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia. Daily recommended amounts are 400 mcg. In pregnant women, or for those who plan to have a baby, getting proper amounts of folic acid is vital to an infant's normal growth and development. Taking folic acid before pregnancy, or in the early stages, can reduce the risk of birth defects in the brain and spine, called neural tube defects (NTDs) by up to 70%.

Get proper daily amounts of folic acid and if pregnant, take a supplement

Contact Health Testing Centers today and ask about testing for Folate (Folic Acid).  Measuring the amount of folate in the blood allows you to ensure that you are getting the correct amount of folic acid your diet.  If you are also interested in measuring other nutritional elements in your system, Health Testing Centers offer a comprehensive panel of tests that includes folate:

Vitamin Profile
A comprehensive panel to assess deficiencies in blood vitamin levels including Vitamin A, E, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B1, B6, B12 and Folate, Vitamin C and D 25-Hydroxy.
Bet You Didn't Know...
Fun Facts About The New Year
  • It's the oldest of all holidays, first observed in Babylon 4000 years ago.
  • January was named after the God Janus, which is Latin for "door." Janus is the Roman God with two faces, one looking back and one looking forward.
  • Unlike some national holidays, New Year's is celebrated as a festival around the world.
  • Among New Year historical beliefs: your first visitor on New Year's Day can bring good or bad luck, depending on who it is; anything given or received on New Year's Day in the shape of a ring represents good luck, as in "coming full circle." Also considered good luck: eating black-eyed peas and other legumes, breaking a dish in front of your door (Denmark) and visiting the graves of your relatives at midnight (Chile) to welcome in the New Year.
  • A Spanish ritual on New Year's Eve is to eat 12 grapes at midnight in the hopes of securing 12 happy months in the coming year.
  • Auld Lang Syne, still sung at midnight to toast the New Year, was composed by Robert Burns in the 1700s. The term means "long ago" or "good old days."
  • The noisemaking and fireworks on New Year's Eve may have originated in ancient times when noise was used to dispel evil spirits.
  • The New Year's ball in Times Square, dropped each New Year Eve at 11:59 p.m. began in 1907. Originally made from iron and wood, it weighed 700 pounds.  
  • Today's Times Square ball is made from Waterford Crystal and weighs more than 1000 pounds, containing over 9000 LED lights, yet uses little energy. 

 

WISHING YOU A SAFE, PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR   

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