We would like to introduce you to a FREE PROGRAM we offer called the 5-Alive Health Screening Program. With just five minutes of your time, you will receive five tests that will give you an overall picture of your health. Our free 5-Alive program will check for Diabetes; Hypertension, or high blood pressure; high cholesterol; obesity; and HIV.
Let us walk you through the process of receiving your free 5-Alive tests.
Diabetes: Your initial testing starts with the test for Diabetes. The test involves a finger prick, which feels like a strong pinch.
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood. You can also have prediabetes. This means that your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Having prediabetes puts you at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes.
Blood tests can show if you have diabetes. One type of test, the A1C, can also check on how you are managing your diabetes. Exercise, weight control and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should also monitor your blood glucose level and take medicine if prescribed.
NIDDK: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Hypertension: Your next test will cover Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. The test for Hypertension involves gentle pressure around your arm and is painless.
What Is Blood Pressure? We all need blood pressure to live. Without it, blood can't flow through our bodies and carry oxygen to our vital organs. But when blood pressure gets too high — a condition called hypertension — it can lead to serious medical problems. Hypertension is usually more of a problem for adults, but teens and kids also can have it. Even babies can have high blood pressure. The good news is that many of the things that cause hypertension can be treated. Blood pressure can be affected by:
Why Is High Blood Pressure Bad? High blood pressure means a person's heart and arteries must work harder than they normally would. Over time, the added stress can damage them. When the heart and arteries don't work as well as they should, other body parts (like the kidneys, eyes, and brain) may suffer.
Having high blood pressure makes people more likely to have strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, or loss of vision.
What Are the Signs of High Blood Pressure? People can have high blood pressure for years and not have any signs. In rare cases, severe high blood pressure can cause problems like these:
A person with high blood pressure who has any of these problems should see a doctor right away.
High Cholesterol: Our next test checks for high cholesterol. Cholesterol is natural in your body and helps produce hormones and assists with digesting your food. Too much cholesterol, however, gives you problems with your heart, including possible heart attack. This condition does not usually cause symptoms, which is why it is so important for you to be tested. This test also involves a finger prick, which feels like a strong pinch.
What is high cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. But, when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries. This can lead to heart disease and stroke—leading causes of death in the United States.
Are you at Risk? About one in every six adult Americans has high cholesterol. Anyone, including children, can develop it. Several factors that are beyond your control can increase your risk. These include your age, sex, and heredity. But, there are some risk factors that you can change. Examples include eating an unhealthy diet, being overweight, and not getting enough exercise.
Obesity: Obesity is defined as having an amount of body fat that puts your health at risk. This test involves a calculation of your BMI, or Body Mass Index, which is measured by your height and weight.
HIV: HIV is a virus found in certain bodily fluids. The virus weakens your immune system. There is no cure, but with the proper medication, it can be managed like other chronic illnesses. As with high cholesterol, this virus does not usually cause symptoms, which is why it is so important for you to be tested. This test, too, involves a finger prick, which feels like a strong pinch.
Remember, with just five minutes of your time, you can receive these five tests – FREE – and get an overall picture of your health.
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