Life Extension Magazine November 2003
|A Comprehensive Guide to Preventative Blood Testing|
By Penny Baron
How To Order Blood Tests
You can order blood tests by mail or by calling (800) 208-3444.
As soon as you place your order, you will be sent a package with information regarding the location of the nearest blood-drawing stations, a Request for Phlebotomy form, and a Test Requisition form. All tests must be prepaid.
At your convenience, you can then take the Request for Phlebotomy form and Requisition to the designated blood-drawing station in your area. A phlebotomist will draw the appropriate specimens of your blood. You (or your physician) will be mailed your test results. These results will show if you have any abnormalities. If the results show abnormalities, you should make sure you show these results to your personal physician, who can determine if you have any serious problems and what you can do about them.
You can also request a free consultation with one of the Foundation’s doctors to help interpret your test results to make certain that you stay in optimal ranges.
If longevity risk factors such as glucose, homocysteine, C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, or other tests are abnormal, slightly elevated or below normal, for example—you can take nutritional steps to reverse the trend. You can repeat the test in 45-60 days, and then chart your progress in improving your health and your chances of living longer in good health.
Health Software Programs
Keeping track of personal health information can be challenging. It’s not a simple task to maintain test reports; vaccine records; medications; doctors’ visits; allergies; illnesses; fitness, food, blood pressure and weight diaries; and other health-associated information.
But doing so will empower you to take charge of your health and that of your family. Having this information at your fingertips not only allows you to communicate more effectively with your health care provider, but also enables you to spot trends (changes) in your health status—possibly well before your physician. Too often individuals aren’t diagnosed with health problems until they are far advanced.
Keeping health “diaries” and mapping trends can also enable you to move more easily towards certain goals (i.e., weight loss, lowering risk of cardiovascular disease by following test markers, general fitness, etc). Studies have shown that just by virtue of having to maintaining written records, patients are often more compliant with therapies.
In order to record and track your health data with ease, we have identified three inexpensive (or free) software programs that promise to help you manage all of your personal health information as well as track data trends for you and your family:
CapMed PHR $44.95—PC only (not Mac-compatible)
Health-Minder $35—PC only (not Mac-compatible)
Health tracker Shareware/free—Mac OS only (not PC-compatible)
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