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LE Magazine June 2006

Mainstream Doctors Still Confused About Homocysteine

By William Faloon

Protect Yourself Against the Epidemic of Vascular Disease

The number-one killer in the United States is atherosclerosis, which causes most heart attacks and strokes.59 Doctors remain confused as to how this artery-blocking process occurs and overlook the numerous independent factors that can inflict severe damage to the arterial wall.

Many of the underlying causes of atherosclerosis are readily detectable with annual blood tests. Once the risk factors that predispose one to a heart attack or stroke are identified, corrective actions can be initiated.

What follows are the 10 most important blood tests one should have at least once a year to evaluate cardiac health:

  1. C-reactive protein
  2. Triglycerides
  3. Fibrinogen
  4. Free Testosterone
  5. Hemoglobin A1C
  6. Homocysteine
  7. Total Cholesterol
  8. LDL
  9. Fasting Glucose
  10. HDL

Some members are able to get blood tests from their own doctors. One problem is that even when doctors order all the blood tests requested, the phlebotomist may fail to check off the appropriate codes on the laboratory requisition form, or may not properly draw the blood. When the results come back incomplete, another blood draw becomes necessary, thus inconveniencing the patient.

Even today, many doctors still refuse to prescribe important cardiovascular risk blood tests such as fibrinogen and C-reactive protein. Life Extension resolved this problem 10 years ago by offering blood tests directly to its members.

Once a year, we reduce our everyday low prices. Until May 31, 2006, blood test prices are discounted so that members can obtain complete blood evaluations at a fraction of the price charged by commercial laboratories.

The Male Panel and Female Panel provide the most important blood tests that can identify risk factors before overt disease manifests. At a commercial laboratory, the price of the tests that make up the Male Panel is $1,164. During our annual blood test super sale, members can obtain these same tests for only $224 . . . a savings of over 80%! Similar savings are available on the Female Life Extension Panel.

The normal member price for the fibrinogen and hemoglobin A1C tests is $62. Until May 31, 2006, we are discounting this price for both of these tests to $25 when the Male Panel or Female Panel is ordered. This means that members can obtain a more complete evaluation of their cardiac risk factors at a lower cost than ever before. For example, a Male Life Extension Panel or Female Life Extension Panel plus fibrinogen plus hemoglobin A1C costs only $249 during the blood test super sale.

To order your own blood tests at these sale prices, call 1-800-208-3444 or order online.


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