May Health News and Articles
|National Women's Health Week May 13 - 19, 2012
woman's place today is...everywhere. For more than a decade, our
government has recognized that taking control of her health is a big
part of a woman taking control of her life. National Women's Health
Week recognizes and honors women through a yearly initiative.
in its 13th year, the annual event is sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Health & Human Services as a coalition of communities,
businesses, and government and health agencies that work together to
promote women's health. Special themes are chosen each year centered on
year's theme is "It's Your Time" - a way to encourage women to get
regular check-ups, eat healthy, be active, manage stress and avoid risky
habits and unhealthy behaviors.
kick-off is Mother's Day, May 13 - the perfect time to remind women
everywhere that taking care of themselves is the first step in taking
care of others.
want women to take care of their own health too. A man who truly loves
the women in his life wants only the best for them in terms of feeling
good and living long. Visit us at www.HealthTestingCenters.com
to learn ways that women - and men - can stay healthy and strong.
can participate in Women's Health Week through screenings and health
fairs. Watch and listen for media attention to this worthy cause or
visit the website to learn details at www.womenshealth.gov
Health Testing Centers we promote Women's Health year round by offering
convenient, affordable lab tests through online ordering that doesn't
require a doctor's visit. Our Essential Health Screening
is an excellent periodic baseline of critical measurements for women (and men) of all ages. This Essential Health Screening
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
- that measures glucose levels, uric acid, electrolytes, mineral
levels, blood fats, proteins and enzymes including Bilirubin levels that
evaluate liver and gallbladder functions.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) With Differential- includes white blood count, red blood count, hemoglobin and hematocrit levels.
- to measure the total level of cholesterol in your body, both HDL
("good" cholesterol and LDL ("bad" cholesterol). Total cholesterol
levels higher than 200 raise your risk for heart disease.
- still the standard in good medical care, this simple test can measure
glucose, protein, blood, bilirubin, ketones, nitrates, leukocytes,
sediments and bacteria levels excreted.
|What Women Fear Most About Aging
It never ends
for most women - that fear and anxiety about how they look to others.
That's especially true as we age, thanks in large measure to the visible
signs of aging; everything from wrinkles to hair loss and weight gain.
As women, what we look like is fundamentally part of who we are in our
Among the top five things women fear most about aging:
- Being left alone when a spouse or companion dies
- Loss of physical attractiveness
- Loss of sexuality
- Female sexual disfunction
- Poverty or financial insecurity
- Cancer, especially breast cancer
- Dependency on others - as in becoming a burden
what's a woman to do as she ages? Taking care of oneself physically,
emotionally and financially is a huge step in staving off these normal
fears. Sleep well, eat well, get and stay fit and active. Maintain as
many social connections as possible to minimize loneliness. Get educated
about your finances and ways to take advantage of available resources.
Plan ahead. Make a living will to avoid undue dependency on others and
take care of personal business matters by specifying your wishes.
for the fear of cancer, it's a scary thought for most anyone. But the
fact is that heart disease, not cancer, is the number one killer of
women in the U.S. The key to minimizing the risk of both is preventive
Health Testing Centers we provide peace of mind through cancer
screenings that detect common tumor markers sometimes found in
malignancies (among other benign conditions). Hormone and anti-aging
tests are also available to help women slow the aging process or catch
problems that may occur due to hormonal imbalances. Female sexual
disfunction, loss of sexuality and fears of early menopause become more
prevalent as women age. For women the following hormone tests are
critical to monitor:
a hormone also called E2 that is normally present in younger women. It
affects sexual and reproductive health. Low levels can result in
discomforts associated with menopause and can put women at risk for
osteoporosis. Estradiol levels should be measured before anti-aging or
hormone treatment begins.
monitoring total estrogen levels can help determine best anti-aging
treatments, evaluate symptoms of menopause, detect fetal birth defects
and assess risks for osteoporosis, and even some cancers.
The following cancer screenings for women are also available from Health Testing Centers to help reduce the fear of cancer:
Cancer Antigen 125 (CA-125) -
the premier blood test that checks for tumor markers sometimes present
with ovarian cancer. Elevated levels can mean other health conditions
too, including pregnancy, benign cysts and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Cancer Antigen 27.29 (CA 27.29) - this tumor marker tests for breast cancer and is also useful in measuring response to therapy in breast cancer treatments.
|Get Up and Out!
may have heard it a thousand times before but the proof keeps coming.
Regular physical activity - an active lifestyle - works. It lowers your
risk of an early death but it can also lower your risk of:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Unhealthy levels of cholesterol
- Colon and breast cancer
- Depression and anxiety
- Poor balance and injuries related to falling
older adults, physical activity improves mental function, can help in
the fight against weight gain and lowers your risk of age-related
illnesses and injuries. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
offers a wide range of free materials on fitness and nutrition
including fact sheets and The President's Challenge that promotes
physical activity at www.health.gov
Health Testing Centers we know that fitness and preventive health go
hand-in-hand. With diabetes so common it strikes every 20 seconds,
causing more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined
(according to the American Diabetes Association). We offer Diabetes Screening
(for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes) comprised of the following tests:
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) - a broad-based test that provides important information on different organ systems throughout the body.
Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1c) - measures blood glucose levels over a three month period
Random Micro Albumin
- a urine test that detects the presence of protein albumin. If kidneys
are damaged through disease or injury, albumin will be present in the
addition, Health Testing Centers is aware that heart disease is now the
number one killer of women in America. More than 265,000 women die each
year from heart attacks, six times as many women who die from breast
cancer. Check out our full range of heart-healthy screening tests at www.healthtestingcenters.com
|Bet You Didn't Know That...
past, present and no doubt in the future are amazing creatures. Here
are a few Fun and Fascinating Facts about the "fairer sex" throughout
English word "girl" was first used to describe a person of either sex.
It was not until the beginning of the 16th century that the term was
used to describe a female child.
1770, a bill was proposed in British Parliament banning makeup due to
its effect on men. It was thought that women who wore makeup, wigs, or
other cosmetics were performing "lustful acts."
Wyoming was the first state to grant women the vote and to elect a female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.
first person to make the daring attempt to go over Niagara Falls was a
woman. Annie Edson Taylor, 43, took the plunge on October 24, 1901.
The average height of an American woman today is about 5 feet 4 inches and average weight about 163 pounds.
In almost every country worldwide, the life expectancy for women is higher than for men.
first Mother's Day was organized by a woman, Ann Jarvis, on May 10,
1908. As the event gained popularity, Congress, in 1914, designated the
second Sunday in May as a national day to recognize all mothers
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