Life Extension Magazine May 2011
As We See It
My Recent Life-Altering Event
By William Faloon
All My Blood Markers Now Have To Be Optimal
I have my blood tested throughout the year. As I have written in the past, this has already saved my life several times by identifying serious problems early when they were reversible (such as kidney damage inflicted by overuse of the drug ibuprofen).
As you can see by my latest blood test result reprinted on page 18 of this issue, I have achieved optimized status on most of my cardiac risk factors.
After my scare in the hospital, I am determined to move every cardiac marker into optimal ranges. This is challenging because of certain genetic factors that predispose me to having higher than desirable levels of glucose and homocysteine.
This means I have to take extra time and make some social sacrifices to accomplish this. For me, however, the priority is following through with correcting every vascular risk factor.
Critical Importance of Annual Blood Testing
No one has been a stronger proponent of regular blood testing than the Life Extension Foundation®.
In the early 1980s, we recommended that all members have their blood tested for a wide range of cardiovascular risk markers. The problem back then was that conventional doctors did not always order the needed tests, the costs were prohibitively high, and people had to schedule another appointment with the doctor’s office for the blood draw.
In 1996, we rectified these failings by offering comprehensive blood testing to Life Extension members nationwide that was affordable and convenient.
While some conventional physicians today recommend blood tests to check glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides, they rarely check their patients’ levels of C-reactive protein, homocysteine, DHEA, and other cardiac markers.
As a member of the Life Extension Foundation, you don’t have to be victimized by medical ignorance, high prices, or insurance company indifference.
Take Control Over Your Future Health
When looking at the number of diseases that can be detected early through the proper utilization of blood testing, it becomes strikingly apparent that a significant number of heart attacks, strokes, bone fractures, end-stage kidney/liver failure and other degenerative diseases are preventable.
During my recent hospital ordeal, I would have hated to think that I neglected to have annual blood tests done, and as a result, my heart might be slowly dying from oxygen starvation because I failed to take preventive measures.
At least I knew that I did almost everything I should have to prevent it. In other words, if I needed bypass surgery, I had the peace of mind of knowing it was probably not through the fault of my own negligence.
Low-Cost Convenient Blood Testing
Commercial labs charge high prices for comprehensive blood testing. This precludes most people from having critical tests done that can identify correctable cardiac risks before angina or full-blown heart attack emerges.
Life Extension long ago broke down high cost barriers by offering comprehensive Male and Female Blood Test Panels at the lowest prices anywhere. Once a year, we discount these popular panels down to only $199—about 80% less than what commercial labs charge.
Instead of having to make a doctor’s appointment, we send you a prepared requisition form and list of drawing stations in your area where you can go at your convenience.
The Blood Test Super Sale lasts only two months, so please order your requisition kit soon to take advantage of these extra discounted prices. You can have your blood drawn anytime after receiving your requisition kit. The results of your blood tests are mailed directly to you. If you have any questions when your results come back, you are welcome to call our Health Advisor helpline.
The description on the next page details what’s included in the Male and Female Blood Test Panels and how easy it is to order them.
This year we have added a new test called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) at no extra charge to the Male and Female Panels. By measuring SHBG levels in the blood, we are better able to ascertain how much testosterone and other hormones are biologically available to tissues in the body.
Annual blood testing is the single most effective method of detecting abnormalities that can be corrected before they lead to serious illness or death. A call to 1-800-208-3444 is all you have to do to order these comprehensive tests at extra-discounted prices.
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