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Get Screened for a Healthy Future

December 18, 2014

Here are the basics, health screenings are medical tests that check for diseases before you start showing symptoms. Preventive health screenings help you and your doctor identify diseases early, when they are easier to treat.

Participating in health screenings is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Depending on your age and sex, screenings that are recommended for you can vary.
 

Take Action with Health Screenings

 
Find out which Health Screenings you Should Receive

Not sure where to start? We’ve published a guideline to health screenings, along with specific screening recommendations for men and women. You can also visit our health screenings section on our website, where recommended guidelines are detailed for specific types of screenings.

Know Your Family History

Even if you are completely healthy, you may be at risk for serious conditions due to your family history. Discussing medical history with close relatives and family members is important to your health. Keep track of what you know and learn, and share this information openly with your doctor.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you are unsure about which screenings you should receive, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. Recommendations are a general guideline, and if you have several risk factors for a disease, your doctor may want you to participate in a preventive health screening earlier.

Schedule a Screening

We recommend that you consider preventive health screenings starting at age 50, and offer our health screenings at multiple locations across the United States. If you want to check to see if we will be in your area soon, type in your zip code here.

Review Your Results

After your health screening make sure you review your results with your doctor. If you are at risk or have a specific condition, you can use the results to help determine the best course of treatment or preventive care.
 

About Life Line Screening

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 believe in the power of prevention, and are dedicated to providing the highest quality screenings at affordable rates.




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.




How You Can Prevent a Heart Attack

October 23, 2014

New research from Sweden proves that almost four out of five heart attacks can be prevented simply by following a healthy lifestyle. After following 20,000 men for 11 years, they discovered that those who did not smoke, and maintained several healthy habits, reduced their heart attack rates by 86%.

 

Reducing Your Risk

The first step in preventive health is to know your personal risk for a particular disease or condition. Consulting with your primary care physician and participating in health screenings are recommended. Screenings for heart disease check for coronary artery disease, which is the leading cause of heart attacks.

Healthy habits can make all of the difference in preventing a heart attack. In the study, men who had the lowest risk did not smoke, walked or biked for at least 40 minutes per day, took part in exercise for at least one hour per week, limited alcohol intake to one or two glasses per day, and followed a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, reduced-fat dairy, whole grains and fish.

Some risk factors such as age, family history and gender also contribute to your risk of heart disease and a heart attack, but researchers from this study found that even modifying small habits can drastically decrease your risk.

  • Quitting smoking can reduce heart attack rate by up to 36%
  • Following a healthy diet with moderate alcohol consumption can lower heart attack risk by 35%

 

Heart Disease in the United States

Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States according to the CDC. If just half of the population followed a healthy lifestyle, up to 40% of heart attacks could be prevented.

While it’s not shocking or new news that a healthy lifestyle can prevent heart attacks, the numbers are starting to tell a powerful story. To start a plan for yourself, meet with your doctor to set up personal goals for diet and exercise. If you have other risk factors including high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, medications can also play an important role in prevention.




Healthy Recipe: Red Quinoa Salad

September 30, 2014

Hard to pronounce, easy to enjoy! Next time you plan on using starchy pastas in your next recipe, try substituting them for quinoa. Not only does this grain offer a delicious, light taste, the gluten-free food provides so many health benefits. We dare you not to indulge in this savory side!

Red Quinoa Salad

1 cup uncooked red quinoa

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced shallots

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cups (1/2-inch) diced seeded tomato

1/2 cup (1/2-inch) diced seeded cucumber

3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

2 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)

4 lemon wedges

The red quinoa makes this salad dish pop, but any color will do. This Mediterranean-style combination of vegetables and creamy feta cheese is what makes this dish so delectable. Hour and a half preparation seem like a lot for one person? Get the kids involved! With a child-safe knife, invite your kids to chop the vegetables and crumble the feta cheese as the finishing touch.

As you’ve surely heard or read in the news, quinoa is packed with heart-healthy benefits. The grain packs eight grams of protein and five grams of fiber per serving, coming to a total of only 222 calories! The year 2013 was even deemed “The International Year of Quinoa” since the food gained so much popularity from health-conscious people. Quinoa is naturally gluten free and has been known to increase antioxidants and nutrient values in any gluten-free diet.

If we haven’t convinced you enough that this dish is the perfect aid to a healthy eating lifestyle, this salad, when served as a main salad dish, measures up to only 260 calories! Enjoy a guilt-free dinner with friends, at your next family party, or keep it all to yourself (we won’t tell anyone!).

Consuming the proper amounts of protein and fiber is important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For more information of preventive health care, visit lifelinescreening.com.

Click to view the recipe: Red Quinoa Salad




Healthy Recipe: Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro

September 23, 2014

This fresh, zesty take on coleslaw will make the perfect addition to any lunch or dinner. Serve it as a side dish or a garnish on sandwiches and tacos. Whichever way you decide, this tasty plate is sure to perk up your next meal.

Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro

1/4 cup canola mayonnaise (such as Hellmann’s)

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon silver tequila

2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 (14-ounce) package coleslaw

You really can’t beat the altogether 5-minute preparation time of this dish. What’s better – only 64 calories per serving! Keep the recipe easy by purchasing packaged coleslaw rather than chopping the cabbage yourself.

Some of you may have gawked at the addition of tequila to this recipe. While the sharp taste of this liquor pairs nicely with the tang of lime, there are other known health benefits of enhancing dishes with tequila.

Those who are watching their weight tend to shy away from liquor because of its sugar content; however, tequila is made of only simple sugars, so they break down much easier in your body and do not raise blood sugar. Studies also show that tequila, in moderation, of course, can break down dietary fat and help lower bad cholesterol.

We know you’ll love this delicious Mexican-inspired dish. Whip up this quick recipe for a last minute dinner or serve it to friends and family at your next get together. You can’t go wrong with a nice, light dish equipped with heart-healthy, beneficial ingredients.

Keeping a close eye on your cholesterol and blood sugar levels is essential in maintaining a long life. For more information on preventive health care, visit lifelinescreening.com.

Click to view the recipe: Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro




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