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Don’t Let Sweets Get the Best of You on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2014

You’ve probably heard it before, but we need to keep up with nutritious diets, regular physical activity, and necessary health screenings to have a healthy life. Holidays can make it tricky to stay on top of your healthy lifestyle, especially holidays that involve tons of sweets like Valentine’s Day. Chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate hearts, cookies, and cupcakes are plenty of ways to get off track with your health goals.

To give you and your sweetheart a heart-healthy gift this year, use some of these ideas:


Skip out on the traditional sweets

Instead of getting the traditional tempting sweets, try something different. Fruit baskets are a natural way to sweeten up the holiday while adding in some healthy nutrients. Try searching for foods at the grocery store that have a heart check mark on the package, meaning they have limited amounts of total, saturated, and trans fat.


Have a romantic dinner – the healthy way

Eating out at restaurants makes it difficult to know exactly what is in the foods you’re eating. Try cooking up a home cooked meal and spice it up with healthy seasonings. Rekindle an old flame with a favorite recipe, but substitute some ingredients for lower-fat or no-fat versions. If you are heading out to dinner, be sure to check online to see if the restaurant has nutritional information for the menu. Most chain restaurants have the information listed, so you can make a health conscious choice


Make your date an active one

It’s recommended that everyone get 30 minutes of exercise per day, so why not make it an activity for you and your loved one? Take a walk, do partner yoga, ice skating, or even take a ballroom dance class. Whatever you decide, just be sure to get moving!

Each of these tips can be combined with other healthy aging methods to ensure you’re staying on track this Valentine’s Day. In all things involving healthy aging, it’s all about moderation. Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily have to mean tossing your diet out the door. You can stay healthy, even on a holiday. All of us at Life Line Screening believe in you, and we wish a Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Blood Test May Detect Patients at Risk of Heart Attack

February 6, 2014

What if it was possible to know ahead of time if you were going to suffer a heart attack? A new “fluid biopsy” technique has been developed by researchers at Scripps Research Institute in California that can do just that. Using biomarkers in the bloodstream, the test helps to identify patients who are at a high risk for heart attack.

Published in Physical Biology, the procedure has been named High-Definition Circulation Endothelial Cell (HD-CEC) assay and tests patients for levels of endothelial cells in their blood. These cells line artery walls and are pushed into the bloodstream as plaque builds up and ruptures. Eventually these cells and others clump and block up the heart, causing a heart attack. Because endothelial cells are not found in the blood of healthy individuals, researchers believe that detecting them in the blood is an indicator of high heart attack risk.

The study was conducted on 79 patients who had recently suffered a heart attack along with 25 healthy patients. The HD-CAC test required a small blood sample and proved that only the patients who had experienced a heart attack had elevated levels of endothelial cells in their blood stream.

Due to its high success rate, researchers hope that the test will become highly predictive of heart attacks in the future, since in its original testing it correctly identified healthy patients from the heart attack patients 100% of the time.


Early Heart Attack Detection

Tests such as this are extremely helpful when it comes to early detection of heart attack risks. We believe that the power of prevention is essential to a long and healthy life. While we do not currently use this blood test as a part of our heart disease screening, here is a list of what our screening entails:

  • Complete Lipid Panel Screening (High Cholesterol)
  • C-reactive Protein Screening
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Glucose Screening
  • High Blood Pressure Screening

If you have any warning signs or if you know that you have some of the risk factors associated with an increased risk of heart problems, you may want to consider heart disease screening.  If you are unaware of potential risk factors please read the list here.

Life Line Screening provides preventive health screenings for heart disease to help those at risk detect problems before they lead to life-threatening consequences. Learning where you stand with your heart health is the best way to work towards a healthier life.

I’m Over Age 50: What Health Screenings Do I Need?

December 27, 2013

As we age, we become more at-risk for certain diseases that impact older adults more often than younger adults. Individuals over 50 should be screened regularly for a variety of health problems. Preventive health screenings can detect conditions that have yet to present any symptoms so treatment can be sought sooner.

Various health institutions, including the National Institute of Health, the National Cholesterol Education Program, the American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend adults over age 50 take advantage of the following health screenings:

1. Prostate Cancer Screening

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a method of screening for prostate cancer that the American Urological Association says is for men who want to “pursue early diagnosis” of the condition. Approximately a third of all men over fifty have cancer in their prostate gland. While this type of cancer may never cause a problem, that is not easy to tell at an early stage. Early discovery via screening may prevent catastrophic consequences from prostate cancer.

2. Mammogram

A mammogram is the main method of screening for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women start having a yearly mammogram after age 40. However, women should talk to their doctors to see what’s right for them, especially if they are considered high-risk.

3. Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is a problem for both genders, but it can often be detected through a colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society recommends men and women have a colonoscopy every five to ten years starting at age 50, depending on risk factors.

Other tests that can detect colorectal cancer include flexible sigmoidoscopy, CT colonography, fecal occult blood test and double-contrast barium enema. Talk to your doctor to see which test is right for you.

4. Heart Disease Screening

Health screening tests for heart disease include blood tests for cholesterol, blood pressure tests and screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. People with high cholesterol are at a higher risk for heart disease. Age and other risk factors (like a history of smoking) raise the likelihood of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Life Line Screening recommends at-risk individuals should undergo the aortic aneurysm screening annually.

5. Bone Density Screening

Bone density scans have the ability to better detect osteoporosis risk. It is recommended that women start getting screened for this condition at age 65 and men at age 75. Women at a higher risk should start getting screened at menopause and men at age 50, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

 6. Pap Test

Pap tests are capable of detecting cervical cancer. Until she gets to 65, a woman should have a pap smears at least once every three years. If the results have been normal up that point, she can stop getting the tests at 65 or 70, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about which health screenings you should be having and how often you may need them.


Study: Big Breakfast May Benefit Diabetes Patients

December 13, 2013

Ever heard the phrase breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It turns out this saying may be true – especially for patients who are suffering from diabetes, specifically, type 2 diabetes. According to several new studies, a large breakfast can provide a number of benefits for diabetes patients.

An Israeli study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes showed that individuals suffering from diabetes who ate a large breakfast over the course of three months experienced lower blood sugar levels than those who did not. In fact, almost 33 percent of those very same individuals were able to lower the amount of diabetic medication they needed to take.

The Israeli study used 59 subjects who suffered from type 2 diabetes and split them into two groups: a small breakfast group and a large breakfast group. The large breakfast provided roughly 33 percent of the daily calories that the subjects would have as well as more protein and fat than the small breakfast. The small breakfast only contained 12.5 percent of the subject’s daily calories.

After 13 weeks, the study found that the blood sugar levels as well as the blood pressure levels of the subjects who ate the large breakfasts dropped significantly. In fact, the blood sugar levels were reduced three times as much in patients who ate larger breakfasts compared to those who ate smaller breakfasts, and their blood pressure was reduced four times as much.

While around 33 percent of the subjects who ate large breakfasts were able to reduce their diabetic medication, almost 17 percent of the subjects who ate smaller breakfasts ended up having to increase their medication during the study. In addition, the subjects who ate larger breakfasts were much less likely to feel hungry throughout the day.

The results from this study aligned with those of previous studies concerning diabetes patients and breakfast. Previous studies showed that individuals who ate breakfast on a regular basis were more likely to have a lower body mass index compared to individuals who skipped breakfast. Height and weight are both taken into account in order to come up with the body mass index measurement. Previous studies also discovered that individuals who ate breakfast tended to have lower blood sugar levels and were also able to use insulin much more efficiently.

Blood glucose screening for type 2 diabetes from Life Line Screening has the capability to measure blood sugar levels to identify diabetes. Learn more about diabetes screenings now.

Life Line Screening Customer Explains Why She is a Fan of Life Line Screening

October 31, 2013

Grace Carswell (pictured) formerly underwent the carotid artery screening provided by Life Line Screening. The screening uses noninvasive ultrasound technology to create images of the carotid arteries and measure blood flow through them. The purpose is to detect potential plaque buildup.

“I have been a fan of Life Line Screening since I heard about [it] awhile back,” said Carswell in a statement. “I think it is the bargain of the century and can be a lifesaver for so many.”

Because of this personal experience, Grace was dismayed by a recent Kaiser Health News story that aired on NPR.

The story focused on community-based screening and cast a negative light on the services of Life Line Screening. The story included a number of misrepresented facts and misleading assertions, and Life Line Screening Reviewing Physician Lisa Sheppard, MD, set the record straight in a recent blog post titled “Community-Based Screenings: An Accurate and Affordable Option for Preventive Health.”

“The argument that screenings would lead to a greater likelihood of a stroke because a patient who discovered they were at risk would then initiate a conversation with their physician about the best treatment approach, and may actually be treated, sells short the physician, the patient and the fundamental value of prevention,” Sheppard said in the post.

Carswell immediately posted on Facebook and the LLS blog, supporting Dr. Sheppard, and further explaining her opinion.

“This article says you can do more harm than good by checking for plaque in the arteries. I cannot believe they tell you not to check for this,” she said. “I did and [they] found a mild buildup, so now I changed my diet to prevent further buildup and hopefully reverse it.”

One of the points in the Kaiser Health News article mentioned that many of the tests performed by Life Line Screening are included on a list of procedures healthy people should avoid, as advised by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

“Don’t screen on healthy people? Why would you wait until you are near death?” Carswell commented. “Life Line Screenings are a very inexpensive (less than a tenth of the cost in a hospital for the same thing) way to get this information which could be life-saving if you use the results to change your lifestyle,” she added.

Are you a former Life Line Screening customer? What was your screening experience like? Please share with us in the comments below.


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