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6 Things to Do As Soon As Your Blood Test Results Come Back

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Blood draws are inevitable in health care, whether it’s for preventative care, disease management or managing risk.

The good news is that more than ever before health is now in the hands of the consumer. This means you have more tools and technologies to help you be your best self. Knowledge is empowering!

We also know that receiving a bulk of information all at once – especially as digits in a stack of papers – can be overwhelming. Don’t get lost in the sea of numbers, symbols and values. Here is a short and simple guide to managing your blood test results when they come back. 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.

Hate Blood Draws? 5 Tips for Making Your Next One a Better Experience

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credit: iStock photo

Blood draws are a likely and necessary procedure in many healthcare scenarios. Some of those include:

  • Preventative care:  Preventative care: An annual physical, workplace wellness screening, or ordering a test to try and optimize your health or reach peak athletic performance
  • Disease management: Monitoring a chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hyperthyroidism, or metabolic syndrome
  • Working to improve a health risk: Regularly testing markers of risk such as blood sugar, cholesterol, vitamin D, magnesium, and hs-CRP (inflammation)

Whether you are comfortable with blood draws or part of the 20% of the general population that has fear associated with needles and injections, here are tips from Dr. Murdoc Khaleghi, Medical Director at WellnessFX, to help make your next blood draw a better experience. 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.

Want to Try Personalized Blood Testing? You’ll Need to Ask These 7 Questions First

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Neeta Lind

We’re in a new era of consumerization of healthcare. Personalized medicine and the quantified self movement have paved the way for many new apps, services, and gadgets that help the consumer take their health into their own hands and measure our bodies as they demand – whether it’s to monitor the effects of exercise and healthy living, optimize our performance, or to learn about potential risks of disease.

One trend that is getting increasing attention is personalized blood testing or the option to blood test without seeing a physician.

While there are so many options, pricing, and diagnostic packages available, how do you know which one is right for you?

We compiled a list of questions to help you. 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.

6 Reasons Why Even Healthy People Get Regular Blood Tests

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Wouter de Bruijn

Health is progressively in the hands of consumers. From Doctor/Patient matching services and medical record storage, to nutrition tracking apps and activity monitoring devices and sensors, more people every day are gaining access to health management tools that help them take control.

When it comes to blood tests, however, old stigmas seem to die hard. 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.