Living Well: Ready! Set! March into Health!
You’ve got your marching orders. Next week marks the beginning of Memorial Regional Health’s month-long March into Health event, during which you can conveniently get lab work at a reduced price at the MRH Medical Clinic by walking in between 6 and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The health system makes it even easier by offering weekend appointments. What are you waiting for? Make a plan now to get in and get proactive about your health.
Annual lab work is a good way to receive a snapshot of your current health. By getting regular health screens and living a healthy lifestyle, you can catch conditions early and stave off chronic illnesses.
Many chronic illnesses have been discovered on annual lab reviews. Doctors catch signs of disease from lab reports, such as blood chemistry screenings and blood count screenings. Conditions discovered during lab tests commonly include anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, among others. People often don’t know they have these conditions, because they don’t cause symptoms. The goal of lab work is to rule out health conditions, or treat them before they become serious.
“I have had several patients bring labs from the health fair, and we catch things. We tend to catch quite a few cases of prediabetes from the hemoglobin A1c screening,” said Tracey Wall, physician assistant with MRH Medical Clinic. “The first step to preventing diabetes is simply getting tested.”
People are often surprised to learn they have pre-diabetes, as there are no symptoms involved. Adopting healthy eating and exercise habits can stave off full-blown diabetes and even, in some cases, reverse pre-diabetes.
“The hemoglobin A1c shows your average sugar levels over the last three months. We use this test for both screening and monitoring of diabetes,” Wall said.
Besides screening for diabetes, the labs offered during March into Health test for several conditions, including thyroid diseases; liver and kidney function; clotting disorders; prostate cancer in men; viruses, including Hep C and HIV; and overall general health.
You can download a lab form at memorialregionalhealth.com/about-us/community-events or pick one up at the hospital. This year, take charge of your health by getting labs drawn at the MRH March into Health event, and have your results read at the upcoming MRH Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 14.
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