A Take-Home Kit for Perfect Skin

How long have you been dreaming of having perfect skin? Does it feel like you’ve tried just about everything you can to combat your excessive dryness, deep wrinkling, discoloration or acne, and nothing seems to work? If it’s been months or even years since you’ve felt comfortable in your own skin, it’s time to try something new.

Finding Balance

For many people with chronic skin problems, it feels like they’ve tried every product available to treat their condition, yet their skin never improves. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that all those topical treatments aren’t working because the problem is more than skin deep. Oftentimes, when someone has struggled with skin issues for years with no relief, a hormone imbalance is the true cause of the problem.

Hormones can affect everything about your skin’s overall health including:

  • Collagen content
  • Moisture content
  • Elasticity
  • Skin lipid levels
  • Wound healing and scarring
  • Facial hair
  • And more

That’s why a proper balance of hormones in your body is so important for the health and vitality of your skin. Both high and low levels of specific hormones can drastically affect your skin’s appearance, leaving you with uncomfortable, embarrassing or even painful skin conditions including:

  • Dryness
  • Unwanted hair gain or loss
  • Thinning, wrinkling or decreased elasticity
  • Dark spots
  • Acne
  • And more

If you have a skin condition that just won’t improve, it’s important to find out why. Hormone changes can be caused by a number of conditions including the natural aging process, during which levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone often decrease. However, hormones can also become unbalanced due to high levels of stress, dietary changes, thyroid disorders and even vitamin deficiencies. If your skin is warning you that something bigger is going on, it’s time to take charge of your health and get tested for a hormone imbalance.

Find the Answers You’re Looking For

It’s natural for hormone levels to change over time as we age, but it doesn’t have to define us anymore. Any Lab Test Now’s Skin Vitality Kit is an easy, convenient and affordable take-home option for anyone looking for answers about why their skin isn’t responding to the typical drug store solutions. Find out what’s going on below the surface by evaluating specific hormone levels to learn if you have an imbalance that could be affecting your skin, as well as your overall health. Be sure to discuss your results with your dermatologist, who can help create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Talk to the experts at Any Lab Test Now to order your Skin Vitality Kit today or learn what testing options are right for you. Your skin could be warning you about your health — you owe it to yourself to find out why and finally have the beautiful skin you’ve been longing for.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

One in seven. That’s how many men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes. It’s a frightening statistic. But here’s the flip side of those numbers. When it’s detected early, the survival rate past five years is 98 percent. If it isn’t found early? That drops to just 26 percent. The first step in that early detection is a simple blood test, and it’s available at Any Lab Test Now. Given that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, this is the perfect time to stop procrastinating and order the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to find out where you stand.

PSA TEST

The PSA test measures the prostate-specific antigen in the blood. The prostate makes the PSA, but if there is a tumor, the tumor also makes PSA. That brings the level up. Other factors can increase your PSA number. Those include an enlarged prostate, being older, ejaculation, an infection or inflammation, and some medicines like testosterone. Some studies have found that riding a bike may even be a factor, because the seat puts pressure on the prostate. There are also factors that can lower your PSA number, too. Herbal mixtures, obesity, a regular aspirin regimen, and thiazide diuretics — a water pill used to treat high blood pressure — can all lower your PSA number. Since the ups and downs are caused by so many external factors it’s a good idea to get a baseline reading of your PSA sometime in your 40s. Regular screenings are recommended once you hit 50 — sooner if you fall into a high-risk group. If you are African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer, those screenings should start at 45.

INCREASED RISKS

The risk of developing prostate cancer rises rapidly after age 50. African-American men are 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed than Caucasian men. Researchers can’t explain the disparity. Family history is a big factor, too. If your brother or father has had it, you are two and a half times more likely to develop prostate cancer. Your diet may be putting you at risk. Men who pile red meat and dairy on their plates increase their risk. Doctors aren’t sure if the increased risk results from those foods, or the likely lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet.

SYMPTOMS

The PSA screenings are important because, very often, men don’t experience any symptoms of prostate cancer. Signs to know are:

  • The need to urinate frequently, especially at night.
  • Difficulty starting urination, or holding it back.
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine.
  • Painful or burning urination.
  • Difficulty having an erection.
  • Painful ejaculation.
  • Blood in urine or semen.
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in lower back, hips or upper thighs.

Prostate cancer is often slow-growing and might never cause these problems. But some forms are more likely to spread to other parts of the body — especially to the lymph nodes and bones. Knowing your PSA number and discussing what it means with your doctor can help you make the best decision about your health.

During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, take the first easy step with a PSA test at your local Any Lab Test Now location.

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Remain at the Top of Your Game – Athletic Testing is Here for You!

With back-to-school announcements approaching quickly, so is the kickoff to the fall athletic season. Sports teams will begin tryouts, mandatory practices and, soon enough, be in full swing for the season. We know that, as a parent, you want your child to remain competitive and healthy while playing the sport they love. Yet there’s always a chance that a young athlete’s immune system and overall performance may fall vulnerable to numerous internal and external factors. Fortunately, Any Lab Test Now offers a timely and convenient method of obtaining the lab tests you need to help take control of your child’s health.

Benefits of Athletic Testing Services

All student athletes are required to have an updated physical on file prior to competing. In addition to a basic physical, you may want more in-depth knowledge on your child’s health so that they can continue to perform at their peak. Any Lab Test Now offers a wide range of lab tests with results typically available in 72 hours or less. No appointment or insurance is necessary for the tests. Not to mention, lab tests are still the most cost-effective approach to uncovering and preventing disease.

After testing, your athlete will receive the information they need, within a prompt time frame, to report back to their primary physician. Whether your soccer star has been struggling to catch his breath on the field and you’re worried about allergies or your cross-country runner is more tired that normal, Any Lab Test Now can help you uncover hidden issues that may be impacting your child’s health and physical performance.

Common lab tests to help monitor an athlete’s overall health, include:

Allergy Tests

Vitamins, Minerals And Nutrition Lab Tests

Anemia Panel

Sickle Cell Anemia Screen

Preventing Injury and Improving Performance

It’s crucial for young, competitive athletes to remain attentive to their body’s needs during such a pivotal time in their growth and development. Sometimes, this can be a challenge as ambitious athletes want to focus their full attention on improving their performance on the field, court or track. Fortunately, the variety of tests offered at an Any Lab Test Now location can ensure athletes accomplish both.

Lab tests supply detailed information on specific processes happening within the body. By locating the origin of a problem, an athlete can learn more about their body and educate themselves on how to stay healthy when playing at a competitive level. Preventing long-term injury and/or internal imbalances are pivotal for an athlete’s achievement.

Lab tests also provide scientific data that can set a baseline of where an athlete stands in comparison to the status quo. This allows them the opportunity to set personal health goals and improve their fitness. The smallest change in an athlete’s diet or training could make all the difference in shredding a few seconds off a mile-time or scoring an extra goal.

Competing at the high school level, on travel teams or in front of college recruiters requires dedication to overall fitness and wellness. Ensure your child’s health is on the right track by addressing any sign of potential injury and helping them stay educated about their bodies. If you want immediate answers regarding your young athlete’s health, visit your convenient Any Lab Test Now location to get them tested today.

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