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Archive for July, 2014

Foods that Boost Vitamin D Levels

July 24, 2014

Vitamin D is popularly called the “sunshine vitamin,” but what happens when you can’t get enough naturally from the Sun? There are foods that are high in this vitamin, and adding them into your diet will help your overall health. Vitamin D helps the body metabolize certain minerals, regulates the immune system, and is essential to the absorption of calcium.

A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to several diseases. Because it helps with the absorption of calcium, if your body does not have enough it can lead to weakened muscles and bones as well as improper bone development.


Foods that are Vitamin D Rich

Raw Fish is a better source for your body to find vitamin D than cooked fish, and fatty fish have more than leaner fish. The best types are salmon, herring and mackerel. If you buy canned fish, purchase the ones in oil as they have more vitamin D.

Fortified cereals have added vitamin D, since it does not occur naturally in four or grains. Be careful in which cereals you buy, and read the label to see if it is also high in carbohydrates and sugar. Eat these with soy milk for a nutritionally packed breakfast.

Oysters are full of vitamin D, magnesium and B12. However, these can also be high in cholesterol so eat them only in moderation.

Caviar is high in the vitamin, especially in black and red caviar. If you aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your diet, it is a common ingredient in sushi, dips and as a topping on deviled eggs.

Fortified soy products are rich in vitamin D and calcium. Try soy milk, edamame, soy cheese, and tempe next time you are at the grocery store, but try to buy organic versions and read the labels carefully to see what nutrients it is fortified with.

Certain deli meats like salami, ham and sausage have a decent amount of vitamin D. Just beware of consuming high quantities – they contain large amounts of processed fats and salts.

Eggs are packed with protein, B12 and vitamin D. To make sure you are getting all of the nutrition possible, be sure to eat the yolk.

Mushrooms are one of the only vegetables to provide your body with vitamin D. Organic shitake mushrooms have the most, but even button mushrooms will provide a decent amount if they are lightly cooked.

Making sure that you consume enough Vitamin D from your diet isn’t easy. Many studies show that only 20% of our vitamin D supply comes from the food that we eat. While your body can create the vitamin from exposure to the sun, even that is not often enough. If you think that you may have a vitamin d deficiency, schedule a screening by calling us today.

Recommended Health Screenings for Women

July 17, 2014

Add a reminder to your calendar to make an appointment for a regular checkup. With many people handling completely full schedules, it’s easy to forget to make it to the doctor, especially when you seem to feel pretty healthy.

With health screenings readily available, there isn’t a reason to not take advantage of this option. If you are healthy, it gives you reassurance about a list of health conditions that you do not have to worry about, and if not, health screenings work to detect conditions in early stages so that you can take action with your doctor.


Health Screenings for Women

In addition to getting routine checkups, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has these recommended screening guidelines for women.

Blood Pressure Screening: For all women, it is recommended that you be tested at least every 2 years even if your blood pressure levels are normal. If your blood pressure levels are slightly elevated, the screening should be performed every year. If your blood pressure is above 140/90 discuss treatment with your doctor.

Bone Mineral Density (Osteoporosis) ScreeningFor women ages 50 – 64 discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Risk factors include postmenopausal, thin frame, diet low in calcium, smoking, physical inactivity, heavy alcohol consumption and race – Caucasians, Asian Americans and Hispanics have an increased risk. Women ages 65+ should be screened and discuss repeat testing.

Breast Cancer Screening: Women under the age of 50 should discuss being screened with their doctor, since official recommendations do not start until after. Starting at age 50, women should be screened every 2 years.

Cervical Cancer Screening: Get a pap test every 3 years if you are age 21+. At the age of 30, the screening recommendation changes to get a Pap and HPV test together at 5 year intervals.

High Cholesterol Screening: Starting at the age of 20, women should have their cholesterol tested regularly. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in women.

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Starting at the age of 50, women should be screened for colorectal cancer. Screening intervals depend on individual risk factors.

Diabetes Screening: It is recommended for women to be screened for diabetes if blood pressure is higher than 135/80. Women are at an increased risk at age 45+.


Screenings from Life Line Screening

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The Importance of Health Screenings

July 10, 2014

Health screenings should be an important priority for everyone. Screenings use tests, physical examinations or other procedures to detect disease early in people who may not show symptoms. Health screenings focus on preventive care, since diagnostic tests are often only run when a patient is already showing signs and symptoms of a condition.


Why You Should Have a Health Screening

Health screenings help you identify if you have or are at risk for a particular disease or condition before you are aware. Early detection, followed by treatment and management of the condition can result in better outcomes, and lower the risk of serious complications.

As men and women age, there are health screening services that become more important to have. Age is a risk factor for many life changing diseases, and the power of prevention is your body’s best defense.

We recommend that you consider preventive health screenings starting at age 50, however if you have risk factors such as family history of stroke, cardiovascular disease or diabetes, talk to your doctor about potentially having health screenings starting at an earlier age. At Life Line Screening, we encourage you to review your test results with your doctor who can help you determine the best next steps for you.


Life Line Screening Services

At Life Line Screening, we offer three different types of health screenings; ultrasound, finger-stick blood screenings and limited electrocardiograph screenings. These three different types of technologies help us to detect a wide range of serious health conditions including:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • Elevated Liver Enzymes

Visit our website for more details on our available health screenings and a complete list of risk factors.

Health Screenings Essential for Men

July 3, 2014

Men don’t like to stop and ask for directions, and even more than that, they don’t enjoy visiting the doctor. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, men are 24% less likely to visit the doctor’s office than women. Yet, they are 28% more likely to be hospitalized for congestive heart failure and 32% more likely to need care for diabetes complications.

So how do you prevent these issues from happening? The answer is health screenings. Prostate, colon and skin cancer are common diseases among men, as is heart disease and diabetes. The good news is that health screenings are available to detect these issues early. Knowing risk factors and screening guidelines can assist men in preventing and detecting these diseases while they are in early stages, making them more treatable and before any complications arise.


Health Screenings for Men


Prostate Cancer Screening: Starting at the age of 50, men should speak with their doctor about the potential positives and negatives of prostate cancer screenings. The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test measures the blood level of PSA – the higher the level the more likely it is that cancer has developed. Risk factors include age (6 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are found in men age 65+), ethnicity (African American and Caribbean men have higher risk), family history, obesity, smoking, toxic exposure and inflammation of the prostate.

Blood Pressure Screening: Simple, painless and extremely important. High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” since it has no apparent symptoms. High blood pressure puts men at an increased risk for stroke, heart attack and other serious conditions. Often simple lifestyle changes like exercise and following a healthy diet are enough to lower blood pressure levels, if not, there are medications available.

High Cholesterol Screening: High cholesterol also has no apparent symptoms, but it can be detected through a simple blood test. If cholesterol levels are normal, this screening is recommended at least every 5 years for men. However, if cholesterol levels are above normal, men should get a cholesterol screening yearly.

Colon Cancer Screening: Men should start to get screened for colon cancer at age 50. Earlier testing is recommended if a close relative has had colorectal polyps or cancer, Crohn’s disease or genetic syndromes.

Skin Cancer Check: Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. Limiting sun exposure and receiving a regular check-up from a dermatologist can help prevent the cancer from appearing and allow for early treatment.

Diabetes Screening: A diabetes (glucose) screening is recommended for men starting at age 45 and should be repeated every three years. This screening is performed by testing fasting glucose levels in the blood. Many people live with type 2 diabetes for years before they realize that they have it, and some only know once they suffer from one of its known complications including nerve and eye damage, heart disease and kidney disease.

Heart Disease Screening: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease screenings measure risk factors such as high cholesterol, C-reactive protein levels, glucose levels and high blood pressure.

Have you had preventive health screenings before? Let us know how they’ve benefited you in the comments.


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