Could the answer to your energy loss lie in your stomach?

Are you constantly tired? Feeling like every day is a 3 to 4 cups of coffee kind of day? If you’re lacking energy on a regular basis, you may need more than just another cup of coffee…your body may be trying to tell you that you have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12, also known as the “energy vitamin”, plays a key role in turning the food you eat into energy to power your metabolism. Without adequate levels of the vitamin, you could suffer from memory loss, mood swings, and overall energy loss. If left untreated, the side effects can become even more serious resultinginpermanent nerve damage. Recent studies have suggested that anywhere from 15-40% of the American population today fail to obtain adequate levels of B12 due to their diet, medications and lifestyle.

So, do you know if you’re getting enough B12 to achieve your optimal health? What could put you at risk for developing a B12 deficiency? Because B12 absorption occurs in the stomach, a good starting point is to consider the current health state of your stomach.

People who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease are at a greater risk because their stomachs may not be able to fully absorb enough vitamin B12 from food or produce adequate intrinsic factor, a compound needed further along in digesting to absorb B12 in the small intestine.

Because stomach acid plays a major role in unlocking B12 from food in the digestive track, those who regularly take medicine to suppress gastric acid production also have a higher risk. Medications like aspirin, Metformin, and heartburn medicine are a few examples of this.

As a person ages, their stomach lining changeswhichsometimes resultsina decreased production of gastric acid. Because of this, people over the age of 50 tend to need B12 supplements to help them obtain an adequate amount needed for their health.

If you would like to know if you’re getting enough of the vitamin B12, call your local Any Lab Test Now today and schedule a Vitamin B12 Test.

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The 8 Golden Rules to Taking Care of Your Kidneys

Have you been taking care of your kidneys? Maybe you’re not even sure what exactly your kidneys do for your body? One of the most important roles of your kidneys is that they are responsible for removing toxins and excess water from your blood. They also help to control your blood pressure, produce red blood cells and aid in keeping your bones healthy.

If your kidneys are not functioning properly, you could be at risk of Chronic Kidney Disease; causing your kidneys to progressively lose function over a period of months or years. Once kidney function falls below a certain point, it is called kidney failure. Kidney failure affects your whole body and if left untreated, can be life-threatening.

Studies show that approximately 10% of the adult population have some form of kidney damage and every year, millions die prematurely due to complications related to Chronic Kidney Disease.

Take Control of Your Health® and begin taking care of your kidneys. Here are 8 simple ways you can begin to do it:

  1. Stay physically active.

  2. Have your blood sugar level checked regularly.

  3. Monitor your blood pressure.

  4. Drink plenty of water.

  5. Reduce your salt intake and maintain a healthy diet and weight.

  6. Do not smoke.

  7. Do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis.

  8. Get your kidney function checked if you have one or more of these highrisksfactors: diabetes, hypertension, a family history of kidney disease or are obese.

In honor of World Kidney Day, March 12th, Any Lab Test Now® encourages you to determine your risk of developing kidney disease and begin taking steps towards a healthier future. We provide a wide range of tests including our Comprehensive Metabolic Panel which will help you and your doctor identify any potential kidney problems you may have and be proactive in improving your overall kidney health. Contact your local Any Lab Test Now® today to learn more.

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National Nutrition Month: Are you getting the nutrients your body needs?

In our world of fast-paced living, we understand how difficult it can be to eat healthy. On days where it seems like 24 hours isn’t enough, the idea of grabbing a #1 from the nearest fast-food restaurant seems like a good choice. Although it may seem smart at the time, our bodies depend on essential nutrients and those will not be found in the average “happy meal”.

Medical Daily recently referenced a study that researched the eating habits of Americans. Researchers from this study found that U.S.adults eat far more saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium than needed. They also found that most Americans do not meet their recommended daily levels of 10 essentialnutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium and iron.  Lacking these proper nutrients can lead to severe deficiencies causing serious health problems like anemia, osteoporosis, depression and other chronic diseases.

With March being recognized as National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Any Lab Test Now® is joining with them to promote the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and exercise habits. One of the first steps you can take to Take Control of Your Health® is to determine if you might have a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Our Micronutrient Test will measure your body’s ability to absorb vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential nutrients. This blood test will be able to tell you if you have a vitamin deficiency and if so, will give you a plan for how to correct it. Schedule an appointment with your local Any Lab Test Now® this March and get a clear picture of your current nutritional profile to help jumpstart your plan towards a healthier future.

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Do You Have an Iron Deficiency?

Iron is an essential element needed for a number of highly complex processes. One of its most important roles is to aid in the transportation of oxygen throughout the human body. It does this by producing hemoglobin, a protein that helps red blood cells deliver oxygen to tissues. If a person has a decreased number of red blood cells in their body, they are said to have an iron deficiency, the most common form of anemia.

Iron deficiency is known to be the most prevalent nutrient deficiency in the United States and those greatest at risk are women. According to the Center for Disease Control, about nine percent of females, varying from 12-49 year olds, deal with iron deficiency. Although women and young children are much more likely to be diagnosed with this condition, men are not immune to it.

Here are a few common signs and symptoms of iron deficiency:

  • Fatigue

  • Heavy menstrual cycle in females

  • Unusually pale skin

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Hair loss

  • Difficulty catching your breath

  • Restless leg syndrome

Here at Any Lab Test Now®, we offer a comprehensive anemia panel. It includes a complete blood count, iron and total binding capacity numbers, and more. The Ferritin, Iron and total binding capacity tests work together to indicate if the patient has an iron deficiency. Be proactive with your health today and get your test results in as little as 1-3 days. Let us help you monitor your health by contacting your local Any Lab Test Now® today.

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Recognizing Dr. Jane Cooke Wright’s Achievements in Medicine During Black History Month

While many of us take our liberties and successes for granted, Black History Month is an opportunity to look at those who forged a path for the rights that African Americans have gained, and still continue to strive for. It is much more common to see African American doctors in hospitals, in laboratories and on medical boards now than it was just 30 years ago. In part, this is due to the Civil Rights Act, passed in 1964, which granted some basic freedoms to blacks and started the process of desegregation in our society. But some doctors didn’t wait for the Civil Rights Act to make their markonmedicine, and on American history.

Jane Cooke Wright, MD, an oncologist, was one of these medical pioneers. Two months before the Civil Rights Act was passed Dr. Wright met with six other oncologists to discuss the creation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Her efforts with chemotherapy treatments revolutionized cancer patient care. The research she conducted on targeted chemotherapy is the forerunner of the current trend toward personalized medicine that matches medical treatments to an individual’s specific genetic makeup.

Descended from a former slave, her grandfather, who attended the first southern medical school to allow black students, she graduated from an accelerated 3 year program at New York Medical College in 1945.  Dr. Wright became a staff physician for the New York public school system before leaving to conduct cancer research with her father at the Harlem Hospital Cancer Research Foundation.

Her research and successes honed her interest in exchanging cancer therapy knowledge with other leading oncologists to improve the treatment of cancer in patients. In 1964, after helping to create the ASCO, President Lyndon Johnson named her to the President’s Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke and in 1971 she became the first woman president of the New York Cancer Society. The only woman and African American involved in the founding of the ASCO, she proceeded to work to improve cancer treatments and during her tenure on the President’s Commission instituting a national network of cancer treatments centers.

Dr. Wright’s passion to help cancer patients defined her research and her career. Her legacy lives on as new chemotherapeutic and genetic research continues to build on her early efforts to find effective cancer treatments. Dr. Wright was used to breaking gender and race barriers. Although she claimed not to have felt racial prejudice during her career, her ability to impact medicine must have shown others that race need not be a hindrance to success. All of us are the recipients of more effective cancer treatments that Dr. Wright worked to develop. Her strength and passion gave the gift of healing to everyone, regardless of their race.

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February is American Heart Month. Take Care of Yours.

Did you know that approximately 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year? Reported to be the leading killer in both men and women, heart disease currently accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths. While it is a major threat to the health of many, there are actions you can take to prevent it from becoming a threat to yours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the following steps to take in planning for prevention of cardiovascular disease:

  • Receive an annual checkup to get tested for high blood pressure and diabetes; two common conditions linked to the disease.

  • Take part in daily physical activity to help you manage your weight and keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check.

  • Maintain a healthy diet by avoiding foods high in sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. By having a well-balanced meal plan consisting of protein, fruits and vegetables, you can lower your risk of developing high blood pressure and becoming overweight; an additional risk factor associated with heart disease.

  • Limit your alcohol use to avoid an increase in your blood pressure. The CDC recommends that men should have no more than two drinks per day and women have no more than one.

  • If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely and talk with your healthcare team about treatment options.

Visit your local Any Lab Test Now® to see if you may be at risk of heart disease. Receive a Heart Health Panel to understand your overall heart health or choose a test specific to your personal risk factors such as one of our Cholesterol Tests or Diabetes Lab Tests. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you Take Control of Your Health®.

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Planning to Claim Your Child on Your Tax Return?

With tax season upon us, many fathers are beginning to file their tax returns and claim their child during the process. However, dads, did you know that if your name is not listed on your child’s birth certificate, you cannot legally claim your child as an exemption?

Finding out this information may be surprising, but by purchasing a Legally Admissible Paternity Test, you can use your test results with proper chain-of-custody as evidence to add your name to your child’s birth certificate. Then, you’ll be able to clear-up any confusion and file your taxes without any doubt of validity.

Any Lab Test Now® offers a Legally Admissible Paternity Test at an affordable cost with guaranteed quick results. Along with being able to add your name to your child’s birth certificate, your results will be able to serve as evidence in circumstances where you or the child’s mother wish to:

  • Seek social security or military benefits

  • Seek child custody

  • Adopt a child

  • Be in a position to inherit

To begin this process, contact your local Any Lab Test Now today. We’ll help you find the answers you need now.

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Me and the Measles

My name is Terri McCulloch and I am the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for ANY LAB TEST NOW®.  Don’t let the title scare you – I’ve actually got a personal story that I thought might help some of you with questions about measles, vaccinations and your own immunity.

As you’ve seen in the news, 2015’s outbreak of the year so far has been the measles, a disease that was declared eradicated from the U.S.in 2000.  It is one of the easiest to contract – living on surfaces and in the air up to 2 hours after an infected person leaves that area.

So, after hearing the news, I called my mother.  I now have to admit I was born in 1963 and almost 52 years old; my mother is 76.  I had a number of reasons for questioning my immunity:

  1. I have a grandson with Down Syndrome.  Children with Down’s have lower immunity, even though he has been vaccinated.

  2. I have another grandson that is 9 months old who has not been vaccinated – he actually is not old enough for his first MMR vaccine yet.  My daughter is what I lovingly call a “millennial hippie” – she is a vegetarian, eats organic, has rain barrels and a garden in her backyard, and cares about people and the earth.  She has concerns about vaccines so after consulting with her naturopathic pediatrician, they decided my grandson would not receive his immunizations until after age 2.

  3. I’ve read  that vaccines given between 1957 and 1971 were not as effective as vaccines available now.

  4. I travel – a lot.  Usually 2 to 3 weeks a month.  When I am not traveling, I am meeting people.  So, as you see, I can be a likely carrier of anything and everything  unknowingly from people around me – even people who left less than 2 hours ago with the measles and may not yet know they are infected….

The last thing I wanted to do was get my grandsons sick.  So, let’s get back to my mom.  The conversation went like this:

Me: “Mom, did I ever have the measles growing up?”

Mom: “I think so, but I don’t remember.”

Me: “Did you get me vaccinated?”

Mom: “I don’tknow butI think so.  You’re in your 50s – I don’t have your shot records!”

Big question mark….

I had to make a decision – get a measles or MMR vaccine booster, or check to see if I am immune.  I made the personal decision to check my immunity and if I’m a walking hazard, I’ll then get vaccinated.  I got my MMR titer, a blood test that tests for immunities to the measles, mumps and rubella, yesterday.  I should have my results in just a few days.  As a grandmother, I already feel a lot better, knowing I will know for sure before something happens.

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Ladies, Say ‘I Love You’ This Valentine’s Day in a New Kind of Way

With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, many women are planning out the perfect way to show that special person in their life just how much they appreciate them. Ladies, instead of choosing to treat your other half to the always popular, romantic, candlelight dinner, show your love to them this year in a way that can last a lifetime…by taking care of your heart.

Did you know that heart disease is the No.1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? Yet, what’s even more startling is that it is 80% preventable. By receiving a regular heart health screening, learning your risks, and managing those risks accordingly, you can avoid this deadly disease that impacts the lives of so many every day.

Go Red for Women is a nation-wide campaign created by the American Heart Association, designed to bring attention to the risk of heart disease in women, encourage women to receive heart health screenings and “lead the charge to end this deadly foe once and for all.” As an effort to raise awareness in the fight against this disease, all supporters of the Go Red for Women movement are asked to wear red on National Wear Red Day.

To show our support, participating Any Lab Test Now® locations will be decked out in red decorations throughout their store on National Wear Red Day, this Friday, February 6th. On this day only, the participating stores will also be offering 50% off various heart health lab tests including a Lipid Panel, VAP® Test, and PLAC® Test.

For this year’s Valentine’s Day, show the person you love just how much you care for them by caring for your heart. Schedule your heart health lab testing at your local Any Lab Test Now® now and remember to wear red on Friday, February 6th. Share photos of you in your red via Twitter @ALTNCorp and check our Facebook page after the event to see how all of our Any Lab Test Now® locations showed their support in the stores.

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Know Your Measles Facts: Are You Immune?

(January 2015)- Unfortunately, the current outbreak of measles that began at Disneyland in California has now spread to the Phoenix, Arizona area. Will Humble, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, has stated that the outbreak has reached a “critical point” and that he suspects the number of cases will continue to increase throughout the United States as more unknown, asymptomatic infected people travel. As the virus becomes a reality in our neighborhoods, it’s important to be educated regarding the facts.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that, according to The Center for Disease Control, has the ability to affect 90% of the unimmune people in close proximity to an infected person. Infected people can spread the virus to others from four days before to four days after the rash symptom appears.

The virus typically begins to show with a fever, red and watery eyes, a cough, and a runny nose. Three to five days after the person becomes symptomatic, a red, raised, and blotchy rash that usually begins at the hairline and spreads downwards to the lower extremities appears. Keep in mind that the symptoms of measles generally show about seven to 14 days after a person has been infected.

As for immunity against this virus, a vaccine is administered via the MMR vaccine, which is a combination vaccine that protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. In the United States, two doses are recommended for children, with the first dose recommended at 12-15 months of age.

If you are unsure if you have had the MMR vaccine or the measles, or are planning to travel internationally where there is an even higher incidence of measles, please contact your local Any Lab Test Now® for a simple recommended blood test. Any Lab Test Now® offers the “measles titer” to see if you are immune to measles. It is a quick blood test that measures your antibody levelsto this disease to get a sense for whether your immune system has the capability to respond to the infection. Don’t wait to gain peace of mind — get tested at your local Any Lab Test Now® today!

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