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Help Identify Diabetes Early

November 12, 2014

29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, which is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented when discovered early and lifestyle changes are made, which is why it is recommended that all adults age 45 and over get screened for diabetes.

To help promote Diabetes Month we are offering 2 Diabetes tests for just $60 with purchase of the Annual 6 for Life Health Assessment ($79).

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.

 

Diabetes Infographic2 (2)

 

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.

 

 




Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Shake

October 7, 2014

If you aren’t in the mood to run to Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte, but are looking for a way to treat yourself to a delicious drink, try making a healthy pumpkin pie shake! Perfect for fall parties, or a treat after a long day, healthy ingredient substitutions make these a guilty pleasure – without the guilt.

Pumpkin Pie Shakes

  • 2 cups vanilla reduced-fat ice cream, softened
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

These shakes are so good your might just think twice about serving pumpkin pie this year to just serve these up instead.

Just remember that it’s often the ingredients we use that make desserts unhealthy. Remembering to use reduced-fat ice cream, or even frozen green yogurt instead, along with fat-free whipped topping can cut down not only on fat, but calories as well.

As with most desserts, everything in moderation is perfectly fine, and be mindful of serving sizes on containers. Something may seem low calorie, but only because the recommended serving size is less that what you would actually consume.




Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2, 2014

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second-leading type of cancer in women. Approximately 12 percent of American women, which is one out of every eight, will develop invasive breast cancer within her lifetime. Early detection saves lives, but knowing when and how often to screen is a challenge, as the recommendations vary from one organization to the next.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women be screened every two years starting at age 50, however the American Cancer Society recommends that screenings should start at the age of 40.

Screenings starting at an earlier age can create false positives, and increased stress levels on women undergoing the exams. An analysis done by the USPSTF, showed that more lives were saved when screenings began at age 40, however the recommendation still stands at 50.

Detecting breast cancer early is the key to survival. When breast cancer is detected in a localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

Importance of Breast Cancer Screenings

The death rate from breast cancer has dropped since screening was introduced. When screening began in the 1980s, the death rate dropped for the first time in half a century. Dr. Daniel Kopans’ published research that indicates there is no evidence of an over-diagnosis of breast cancer with early screenings. His research also found that 70 percent of the women he studied who died of breast cancer were among the 20 percent of the population that were not being screened. This indicates that screening is a factor in successful treatment.

 

Health Screenings

Early screening for all types of life-threatening health conditions saves lives. Life Line Screening offers affordable and painless screening options for several types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and several other conditions. Take advantage of the control preventive screening gives you by providing early detection of a health problem or valuable peace of mind.




September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

September 11, 2014

Atrial fibrillation, or afib, is the most common type of heart arrhythmia and affects 2.7 million Americans. Afib causes a rapid and irregular heartbeat, sometimes causing the heart to beat faster than 200 times per minute.

Having this condition can lead to a negative impact on an individual’s quality of life, causing chronic fatigue and pain in addition to increasing the risk for stroke and heart disease.

During Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, Life Line Screening is working to increase public knowledge of afib, including symptoms, risk factors, warning signs and treatment.

 

Atrial Fibrillation

 

Atrial fibrillation warning signs and symptoms.

 




Danger of Heart Attacks for Young Women

August 8, 2014

Taking care of your heart at an early age just became more important for women.

New research shows that women who suffered a heart attack between the ages of 30 and 54 have a higher risk of dying once they arrived at the hospital. A cardiologist from Yale, Dr. Harlan Krumholz, found that between 2 and 3 percent of young women who were hospitalized for a heart attack died between 2001 and 2010. Compared to 1.7 and 2 percent for men, women have a much higher risk.

 

Why the Difference?

Young women are commonly thought to not be at a high risk for heart attacks, and many ignore symptoms and warning signs. Symptoms of a heart attack cover a wide range including chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and nausea.

Education is the most important piece of the puzzle, making sure young women are aware that they are at risk for heart disease and heart attacks early in life. Without this realization there is a delay in recognizing symptoms, delayed diagnosis and a delay in treatment strategy.

 

Preventing Heart Disease

The best treatment for a serious condition such as heart disease is prevention. At Life Line Screening, we offer a preventive heart disease screenings. Here are the available options:

Complete Lipid Panel Screening: (High Cholesterol) A simple finger-stick screening that measures three lipids in the bloodstream HDL “good cholesterol”, LDL “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides in addition to total cholesterol.

C-reactive Protein Screening: This is a finger-stick screening that measures C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in the bloodstream that can assist in determining heart disease and stroke risk levels. CRP levels are higher because of infection and inflammation.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening: An ultrasound screening that measures the abdominal aorta.

Glucose Screening: A finger-stick screening that measures blood sugar levels after eight hours of fasting. This is meant to identify diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

High Blood Pressure Screening: This is performed at every one of our heart screenings, and measures diastolic and systolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease since it can cause a buildup of scar tissue in artery walls, that can lead to a heart attack.

For a complete list of risk factors and warning signs for heart disease, visit our screening page.

 




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