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Your Guide to Health Screenings

October 30, 2014

You take care of the filter in your furnace, getting the oil changed in your car, but do you pay enough attention to your most important machine – your body?

Regular checkups and screenings are keys to early detection and successful treatment of serious health conditions. However, remembering what to get checked for and when can be difficult. So we’ve put together a list of basic and essential health screenings that you should schedule with a healthcare provider, along with the basics on why you need them.


Health Screenings

Eye Exam: This is necessary for everyone about once every two years. The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam once every 2-3 for ages 19-40, once every 1-2 years for ages 41-60, and once every year after that.

Dental Exam: Another obvious screening, but sometimes it’s easy to forget to make your appointment once every 6 to 12 months. It’s important for your dentist to examine not only your teeth, but to check for gum disease, oral cancer, and issues with your bite.

Blood Pressure Screening: Recommended for everyone age 18 and older, once a year. Screening for high blood pressure is simple, yet important. High blood pressure increases the risk for stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney damage.

Pap Test/Pelvic Exam: Pelvic exams and pap tests detect cancerous and pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, and recommended for women ages 21 to 65 once every three years. The frequency of screenings may be reduced by your health care provider bases on your results.

High Cholesterol Screening: Recommended for adults starting at the age of 20, and rescreenings should occur once every five years. Detecting and managing high cholesterol is extremely important. High cholesterol can cause plaque build-up in artery walls, raising the risk for atherosclerosis. Based on your health history, your health care provider make screenings more often.

Mammogram: New screening guidelines call for women of average-risk to be screened once every 2 years starting at age 50 to age 75, to detect breast cancer.

Diabetes: Screening for type 2 diabetes is recommended for anyone over the age of 45, or adults with blood pressure higher than 135/80. The screening checks fasting levels of blood glucose. Individuals who have high cholesterol, obesity, and family history should be screened more often.

Colon and Rectal Cancer Screenings: Colorectal cancer screenings are recommended for everyone of average risk starting at age 50. Studies show that regular screenings improve survival rates and reduce the number of CRC-related deaths. If you have family history, your doctor may recommend a different testing or screening schedule.

Prostate Cancer Screening:  A prostate cancer screening is recommended once a year for men starting at age 50, and earlier for patients at a high risk. Screenings detect high levels of prostate-specific antigen which may indicate prostate cancer.

Bone Density Test: Bone density screenings are used to detect osteoporosis and are recommended for women ages 65 and older, once a year, unless they are at high risk. Screenings are used to detect loss of bone density and mass which can help in early detection and treatment.

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.


Life Line Screening

At Life Line Screening, our mission is to make people aware of unrecognized health problems and encourage them to seek follow-up care with their personal physician. We are the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States. We use advanced ultrasound equipment (the same as the equipment found in hospitals) and highly trained healthcare professionals perform our screenings. Board-certified physicians review each result to ensure the highest standards.

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.

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.

Reducing Cancer Risk with Healthy Habits

April 17, 2014

There are now more health recommendations for reducing your risk of cancer besides quitting tobacco. Eating healthy, shedding excess weight and staying active can not only prevent heart disease and diabetes, but can now reduce the risk of developing various cancers.

The Cancer Society states that excess body weight is related to a higher risk of endometrium, esophagus, colon, breast, rectum, pancreas and kidney cancer. Other cancers that have a higher risk as the amount of excess weight increases include liver, gallbladder, cervix, prostate and ovary cancer.

Being active is vital to help prevent cancer. Eating a large amount of calories compared to what is spent by the body can create an imbalance that leads to hormonal and metabolic changes in the body. These changes can lead to developing cancer, as well asother serious diseases. Individuals who have colon, breast, prostate and lung cancer often contract other diseases because of inactivity.

Following a healthy diet can reduce the risk of cancer. While there is no specific diet plan to follow, the American Cancer Society recommends that people eat plants and whole-grain foods that help control calorie levels. Another recommendation is eating meals earlier in the evening, which can help reduce how many calories are consumed and positively affect how many calories are burned.


Exercise and Cancer

Certain exercises have been linked to helping control and manage cancer, or preventing it. Here are some of the top exercises for cancer prevention:

Yoga: This activity can help with stress and fatigue from chemotherapy and cancer.

Walking: Brisk walking for at least seven hours a week helps reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Cardio/Resistance Training: Cardiovascular and strength training help control inflammation, hormone levels and strengthen the immune system.

Pilates: Pilates exercises help cancer survivors build up muscle strength and increase mobility and flexibility.

Tai Chi: This martial art helps with overall health, heart health, bone health and balance.

Your Weekly Inspiration: Love Yourself

August 12, 2013

If you don’t love yourself, how can you be healthy?

It takes a love for yourself to fully enact a healthy lifestyle that can help prevent disease. Preventive measures have the power to lower your risk for several serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. If there’s one person who can keep your health strong by practicing prevention, it’s you.

Take this week’s inspiration into consideration. If you love yourself first, you will be more likely to take care of your health. And if you’re taking care of your health, you are less likely to suffer from a debilitating and life-altering disease. So, in a sense, everything will fall into place.

inspiration: love yourself

Collaboration Between Life Line Screening and Oxford University Produces Cardiovascular Disease Findings

June 19, 2013

New research developed from collaboration between Life Line Screening and Oxford University shows that certain chronic cardiovascular diseases occur an estimated 10 years earlier among men compared to women. The findings will be presented by Oxford University at the Society for Vascular Medicine 2013 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions.

Data was collected from more than 290,000 vascular screenings performed by Life Line Screening between the years 2008 to 2012 in the U.K. and Ireland. Results from the data point to evidence that incidence rates of chronic cardiovascular conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the narrowing of a main artery in the neck, irregular heartbeat, and circulatory problems affecting the legs all rise with increased age. The data also shows that women tend to develop these types of conditions approximately 10 years later than men.

“We are pleased to be able to work with such a prestigious organization as University of Oxford in order to enhance the available database of research around preventable cardiovascular conditions – which represent one of the most significant and costly global health issues today,” said Dr. Andrew Manganaro, M.D., FACC, FACS, Chief Medical Officer of Life Line Screening in a press release.

Life Line Screening and the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) at Oxford University are also working together on another study that investigates the rates of and risk factors for dangerous vascular conditions. Information used for this study is also drawn from Life Line Screening’s large database of patient preventive health screening results. Findings should help determine the influence of major risk factors like smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity on “silent killers” known as vascular conditions.

“At Life Line Screening, our mission is to help patients improve their health outcomes by providing the right screening at the right time,” Dr. Manganaro said. “Leveraging our screening data to further the research of leading institutions like Oxford is yet another way we can advance this goal and ultimately drive better population health.”

To read more about the collaboration between Life Line Screening and Oxford University along with the research findings, view the press release here:

Learn more about the preventive health screenings provided by Life Line Screening to see how a proactive approach to health can benefit you in more ways than one. Identify risk of disease before it becomes catastrophic or find the peace of mind you deserve today.



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