Tag Archives: cardiovascular disease.

3 Reasons You Need to Be Tracking This Biomarker Now

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There are many insightful markers that give a more comprehensive picture of what your body is up to and what is going on behind the scenes, beyond the routine tests you’d find in an annual physical or check-up. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein, hs-CRP, is one of the most important.

Knowing this marker is invaluable when it comes to living a long and healthy life. Here are 3 reasons why you need to be tracking this key biomarker. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Statins for Everyone? See the Risks and Side Effects First (and changes you can make for a healthy heart)

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Nicolas Raymon

Half a million Americans die of of heart disease every year.

Two new studies have emerged regarding the new 2013 guidelines on statins, the medications used for lowering cholesterol in those at risk for cardiovascular disease. The 2013 guidelines were based on the notion that many people can benefit from statins, beyond those at risk for heart disease. When announced, this opened the door for millions of Americans to begin taking more prescription pills. In the JAMA-published studies–here and here–physicians weighed in on statin therapy for primary prevention – prevention designed to prevent the occurrence of disease and promote health – of cardiovascular disease, and cost effectiveness. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Statins for Everybody? A Closer Look at the New Statin Guidelines.

spilled_pillsIf you’ve been following the news, it’s likely that you’ve seen the controversy raging about the new statin guidelines for cardiovascular health, risk, and treatment.

In short, the new guidelines have changed dramatically, moving away from using LDL as the key measure of CV health, and instead focusing on age, lifestyle, race, and other factors to determine who is most at risk. What’s alarming to many is that the new recommendations make millions more people eligible for long-term preventive treatment with statins. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Is Your Biological Age Higher than You Think?

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credit: erinsybil

As a longtime triathlete interested in maintaining her performance, 58-year-old Nicole decided to take a close look at her health. Her standard blood tests showed few problems, but she wanted to dig deeper for signs that might not be physically apparent, so she ordered the blood tests that examine longevity—a collection of biomarkers specifically geared toward revealing biological age. For comparison, she also ordered a second test for her younger training partner, Megan. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Should You Take The Plunge? What Our Members Have To Say

Have you tried out Annual Checkup? Did you know it’s FREE? Did you know you can walk into your local blood-draw facility today and have your results on an extremely intuitive platform before the end of the week?

Annual Checkup is like an introductory course to the WellnessFX lifestyle. You’ll be able to see how little effort it takes to get meaningful insight into your personal biology. You’ll be able to access your data any time, any place, without having to request a print-out from your doctor. And you’ll be a part of a thriving community dedicated to wellness.

With e-Checkup, you can expect to:

  • Take control of your health with our FREE Annual Checkup diagnostics.

  • Measure 25+ biomarkers covering cholesterol, blood counts, organ function, thyroid and more!
  • Get precise measurements of your strength, energy, and physical efficiency
  • Receive notification from a doctor about any critical values.
  • Access and own your data, 24/7 via web or mobile device. You own your data and decide what to do with your numbers.
  • Skip appointments, waiting rooms, referrals, and co-pays! Users are usually in and out within 15 minutes

But what do our members actually have to say? Is it worth it? Does it have any real world applications?

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.