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Dangers of Diabetes: Similarities Between this Disease and HIV/AIDS

December 2, 2014

A new health study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that almost 30% of adults who have diabetes are undiagnosed, which is the same rate as individuals with HIV. Another shocking fact is only 20% of diabetes patients are treated satisfactorily, the same percentage as HIV patients.

While these facts are shocking, researchers found similarities between the management of diabetes and HIV.

To start off, both diabetes and HIV require patients to be proactive in managing their disease. The consequences of not doing so, will result in severe complications.

HIV weakens the immune system, which can lead to patients developing other diseases.

Diabetes, if it is not managed correctly, can lead to kidney, heart and brain problems.

Gap in Diabetes Care

The problem comes from people who are living with the disease and aren’t diagnosed. Millions of people are living with a disease and are unaware, and more are not taking proper medication, or visiting a doctor.

At Life Line Screening, we provide a preventive health screening for type 2 diabetes to help you assess your own personal risk factor. According to new screening guidelines, everyone over the age of 45 should have a diabetes screening.

Screenings help identify risk early, and results should be shared with your doctor so you can work on a management plan.

Our diabetes screenings are quick and easy, and measure your blood sugar levels after 8 hours of fasting. Here is what our test includes:

• Hemoglobin A1c — measures your average blood sugar for the past 2-3 months.
• C-Reactive Protein (CRP) — measures levels of inflammation that indicate higher diabetes risk.

Importance of Preventive Health

Since our inception in 1993, we have screened nearly eight million people, and currently screen nearly one million people each year at over 16,000 screening events nationwide. Through this experience, we often identify serious health issues and have helped save thousands of lives. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.

Brown Fat May Protect Against Diabetes

August 28, 2014

Not all fats are equal.

Adults who retain a high amount of brown fat are able to control blood sugar and burn off fat stores more effectively. Brown fat is also linked to weight control and can be important for managing diabetes

Everyone is born with a large amount of brown fat, and is useful in newborns since as it works it produces heat to regulate body temperature. As we age and regulate our body temperature on our own, brown fat is gradually lost.

In a recent study, researchers measured the amount of brown fat, and how well they metabolized glucose and their sensitivity to insulin. Men who had higher amounts of brown fat increased their metabolic rate by 15%, burning more calories and breaking down more blood sugar.


Preventing Diabetes

While there is no known way to control levels of brown fat, there are other steps you can take to prevent diabetes.


Start by adding Physical Activity to your Daily Routine
There are a ton of benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boost your sensitivity to insulin, which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range. Both aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes, but the best workout plan should include both.


Make sure your Diet includes Plenty of Fiber
Fiber can help you reduce your diabetes risk by working to improve your blood sugar control, promote weight loss by helping you feel full, and lowers your risk for heart disease. Foods that are high in fiber include fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.


Opt in for Whole Grains
Whole grains can reduce your risk of diabetes and help you to maintain blood sugar levels.

Preventive Screenings
In addition to these tips, make sure you monitor other risk factors for diabetes including high cholesterol and blood pressure. For more information about type 2 diabetes risk factors and warning signs, or to schedule a preventive health screening, visit our diabetes screening page today.

Lower Your Diabetes Risk

June 12, 2014

Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States, but it is largely preventable.

Type 2 affects around 90% of the 26 million Americans who have diabetes. So what can you do to prevent it? Prevention comes down to living a healthy lifestyle and doing all of things that you know you should do: keep your blood sugar under control, eat healthy, exercise daily, and monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


Surprising Tips to Lower Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk

So if you watch what you eat and exercise daily, what else can you do to prevent diabetes? Try some of these surprising tips, shown by research to lower diabetes risk.

Drink Coffee: Go ahead and have a refill. People who increased the amount of coffee they drank each day by more than one cup over a four year period had an 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes, according to a study  from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Snack on Nuts: Almonds, walnuts and other tree nuts are associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes. Just be careful not to eat too many at a time – keep the quantity to a handful to avoid piling on extra calories.

Pass on Heavy Alcohol: Moderation is still the key. Binge drinking can increase the risk for developing diabetes by disrupting the effects of insulin in the brain.

Walk after Meals: People who sit six to eight hours per day are 19% more likely to develop diabetes, according to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. So take a quick walk a half hour after eating. Even a 15 minute stroll can help lower post-meal blood sugar levels for three hours.

Start to Lift Weights: Weight lifting and resistance training can keep blood sugar levels lower than aerobic exercise can. Resistance training has multiple health benefits, and is recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine for adults with type 2 diabetes.

Skip the Soda: Drinking just one or two sugary sweet beverages a day can increase your risk for diabetes by 26%, even if you drink diet soda. So instead of reaching for soda, try green tea, seltzer water flavored with unsweetened juice, or opt for just plain water.

Eat Less Meat: Eating a high rate of red meat, especially processed meats, can increase a woman’s risk for developing diabetes. Red meat is a major source of saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein. Processed meats are far worse with preservatives, additives and chemicals, which raise your risk. Substitute red meat with fish, poultry, low-fat dairy and whole grains to lower your risk.

Add Citrus to you Diet: Oranges and orange juice can actually help individuals manage their diabetes. Grapefruits, lemons and citrus fruits have the ability to slow glucose uptake and inhibit its movement through the intestines and liver.


Type 2 Diabetes Warning Signs

Many people with type 2 diabetes live with the disease for years without realizing that they have it. They only learn after it causes other health complications like heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, kidney disease and eye damage.

It is recommended for anyone over the age of 45 to be screened every three years for type 2 diabetes. For a complete list of warning signs and risk factors visit out diabetes screening page.


Community Healthcare is More Important than Ever

May 10, 2014

Looking for easy, convenient and affordable health care options? You aren’t the only one. The Health Resources and Service Administration state that about 20% of people in the United States live in areas with an insufficient amount of primary care physicians to meet community needs.

To add to this problem, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that there will be a shortage of potentially 45,000 physicians within the next six years.

The healthcare access gap is becoming more apparent in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More than 5 million Americans have signed up to receive insurance this year, and that number is expected to grow to close to 30 million by the end of 2017. With more Americans having the means to afford healthcare, the growing problem is that they do not have anywhere to go.

So where do you turn to for accessible healthcare? The answer is closer to home than you think – community based health options.


Community Healthcare

Community based health options offer up quality care and are options that are able to save you a more costly trip to the doctor’s office.

Option #1: Community health screenings – Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, offers affordable tests in local and in some cases under served communities. Our focus is to detect chronic diseases such as stroke, cholesterol and diabetes that are a burden on the healthcare system, and cause significant disability to individuals and their families.

Option #2: Retail Clinics – These are small practices mostly found in national drug stores, and are predicted to double by 2015. Accenture also reported that they will save the health care system around $800 million annually since they are used instead of a higher cost option.


Hospital Relationships

Retail clinics and health screening services are often partner with local hospital systems. Minute Clinic from CVS, for example, has a list of the hospital affiliations, meaning that they collaborate with those medical systems in the community.

Life Line Screening partners with many hospitals throughout the nation in an effort to make patients more aware of unrecognized health problems. We also encourage our screening participants to seek follow-up care with their personal physicians.

Community-based healthcare options like Life Line Screening are a way of providing accessible, easy, convenient screenings. Learn more about community health screenings.

Win a FREE Stroke Screening During National Stroke Awareness Month

May 1, 2014

Today is the first day of May, so at Life Line Screening we are kicking off National Stroke Awareness Month in a BIG way.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, making it a serious condition. Studies show that almost 80% of all strokes are preventable and nearly 85% of all strokes that occur show NO warning signs.

So to promote National Stroke Awareness Month and to raise awareness, we are giving away five stroke screenings for FREE. Want to increase your chances of winning? Share the infographic below,  follow us on social media and refer a friend – you’ll earn extra chances to win a free stroke screening package. Winners will be announced in June.
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