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TMH Living Well: The Memorial Hospital Health Fair takes place April 11

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Many chronic illnesses have been discovered at health fairs. Ask any doctor if they know a patient who skirted a serious health issue because they attended a health fair and you'll likely hear yes. It's true for Dr. Elise Sullivan, Family Medicine Physician with The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic.

"I had a patient whose results from a complete blood cell count showed that she was anemic, or low iron. I advised her to get a colonoscopy, because if you are over 50 and anemic that can be a clue that you have colon cancer. That was the case, and she was able to receive treatment," Sullivan said.

Other conditions discovered from lab tests received at health fairs commonly include diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, discovered by a blood chemistry screening. People often don't know they have these conditions because they don't cause symptoms.

"The goal of attending a health fair is to rule out health conditions or treat them before they have such serious results as a stroke or heart attack," Sullivan said.

Many people have caught pre-diabetes or diabetes via the hemoglobin A1C screening test before it becomes full-blown diabetes.

"If you catch diabetes early and get your sugars down to normal levels, you can likely live out your life without complications. Yet if your sugars are high for a couple years it can cause permanent nerve, eye or kidney damage," Sullivan states.

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The Memorial Hospital is holding a health fair on from 7:30 to noon April 11, and you are invited! Are you unsure what tests are offered and why they are important? Here's a list:

• Blood Chemistry ($25)

Measures kidney, liver and thyroid function as well as glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, iron and overall nutritional status

• Blood Cell Count ($10)

Measures white, red and platelets in blood. Screens for abnormalities related to infections, some cancers, anemia, polycythemia, bleeding & clotting disorders

• Vitamin D ($40)

Gives levels of this important essential vitamin needed to ward off osteoporosis and several cancers, and maintain healthy immune function

• Hemoglobin A1c ($20)

Measures blood sugar (glucose) levels over past 3 months to detect for diabetes

• Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) ($10)

Gives level of blood protein associated with prostate cancer

In addition, the Radiology Department is offering vouchers for discounted Body Composition Scans ($40) that tell your Body Mass Index (BMI), Total Body Bone Density, and Total Body Fat Mass Ratio — great baseline information for good health. Other departments and community groups will have educational booths on how to get and stay healthy.

Pre-registration is not required, however it is recommended. You can download a form at thememorialhospital.com/community/health-fair, pick one up at the hospital, or bring in the form that was sent in the mail.

Dr. Sullivan will review all lab results to check for abnormalities. You will receive a letter if your lab results are normal. Dr. Sullivan, along with a registered nurse, will call patients with an abnormal result or a result that needs attention.

Come to the health fair and leave with peace of mind or a plan in hand. Either way, you'll be better off.

This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig – improving the quality of life for the communities we serve through patient-centered healthcare and service excellence.

If you go

The Memorial Hospital Health Fair

7:30 a.m. to noon April 11

750 Hospital Loop

For more information, call 970-824-9411 or visit http://www.thememorialhospital.com/community/health-fair.

Note to seniors

— Pre-register Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon for at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St., for The Memorial Hospital Health Fair. A senior blood draw will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. at Sunset Meadows II, as well.

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